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WICHITA, Kan. -- Northwestern won its softball season opener 9-1 over Bethany (Kan.) on Friday at the Friends University Invitational.

The Red Raiders scored three runs in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie and added four runs in the sixth inning. Emily Sones had two hits and drive in three runs while Katie Elliott had a pair of hits, including a home run, for the Red Raiders.

Northwestern pounded out 13 hits in the game which was more than enough for winning pitcher Kayla Tindall. Tindall allowed seven its and struck out 13 batters.

The Red Raiders would go on to drop their second game of the day against host Friends 3-2.

No other stats were available.

USD 1, UNLV 0: South Dakota pitcher Dustie Durham drove in the only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning and completed a five-hit shutout in the circle in leading the Coyotes to a 1-0 win against UNLV in the opening game of the Grand Canyon Classic.

It was the second consecutive win for South Dakota (4-13), which avenged a 6-2 loss to UNLV in Las Vegas two weeks ago. Durham (4-4) has accounted for all four USD victories this season. She logged the program’s first shutout in 26 games dating back to last season.

Taylor Steinfeldt, Jamie Holscher and Lauren Eamiguel all singled to load the bases for Durham in the sixth. Durham’s two-out infield hit off Charlie Masterson scored Camille Fowler from third. Four of USD’s six hits off Masterson came in the sixth.

South Dakota was flawless in the field for the first time this season. Durham struck out two and walked one. She was 1-for-3 at the plate and has hit safely in five consecutive games.

USD 10, GRAND CANYON 1 (5): South Dakota's offense exploded for five runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to snag a 10-1, five-inning win against Grand Canyon on the opening day of the Grand Canyon Classic.

Coyote catcher Jessica Rogers was 3-for-3 and came around to score in each of the final two innings. Dylan Underwood had a two-run single in the fourth that extended USD's lead to 5-1, and came back with a two-run double in the fifth that made it 7-1. She finished 2-for-2 with a walk and four RBIs. Alyssa Fernandez also had a two-run double in the fifth that made it 9-1.

The runs were more than enough for USD pitcher Sarah Lisko, who went the distance to earn her first collegiate victory. She allowed six hits, had one strikeout and walked no one.


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