Bison softball completes sweep over Coyotes

VERMILLION, S.D.—North Dakota State took full control of defending its Summit League crown by completing a three-game sweep of South Dakota with a 7-0 win Saturday at Nygaard Field.

The Bison (33-12, 11-1 Summit) didn't allow a run in the series, the second time they have performed that feat in Vermillion in the last two years. KK Leddy, after allowing one hit in eight innings of work Friday, threw a five-hitter in this one with two strikeouts. It was her eighth shutout of the season.

To give you an idea of how things went for the Coyotes, down to their final out in the seventh, Lauren Wobken drilled a Leddy offering that smacked the top of the wall in center field and fell back for a double. It was the only extra-base hit of the series for USD (30-21, 11-4), which had won 11 straight at home heading into the three-game set.

Coyote shortstop Lauren Eamiguel had two solid singles and had a third hit taken away when a preceding runner ran into an out. Camille Fowler and Dustie Durham also singled for the home team.

North Dakota State squeezed a run home in the top of the first inning and got a home run from Montana DeCamp in the third to take a 2-0 lead. That chased USD starter Alexis Devers, who was the hard-luck loser in Friday's opener.

The Bison extended the lead to 4-0 on a Zoe Stavrou base hit to right in the fifth and scored their final three runs in the top of the seventh. Cara Beatty and Sam Koehn finished with two hits each and NDSU totaled 10 on the day.

South Dakota honored its five seniors in a postgame ceremony. The quintet has been the heart of a team that has set a new mark this season for wins in the Division I era. The Coyotes compete at Nebraska Tuesday and complete their regular season May 3-4 with a three-game series at South Dakota State.