CSB: USD Sweeps Mastadons

VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota completed a three game sweep of Purdue Fort Wayne with a 6-0 win Sunday at Nygaard Field.

It was the third straight shutout by the Coyotes (22-17, 5-1 Summit), who outscored the Mastodons (5-24, 0-6) 23-0 during the weekend. It is the first time USD has posted three consecutive shutouts since 2009, and it is the team’s ninth shutout this season.

Alexis Devers went the distance in the circle for USD for the second day in a row. She allowed just three hits in this one after tossing a seven hitter Saturday. Devers (8-9) struck out four and walked three.

Devers and the Coyotes faced one jam and it came in the top of the sixth inning. The Mastodons had runners on first and second with nobody out when Brooke Imel drove a fly ball to center field. Camille Fowler made the catch and made a perfect throw to third to get Rachel Everson who tagged and tried to advance from second. It was the sixth outfield assist this season for Fowler who has 12 in her career.

Fowler also did damage offensively. She capped a five-run third inning with a base hit up the middle that scored two and made it 6-0. Skylar Arellano had a two-run single down the left field line earlier in the inning and Ashtyn Blakeman also produced an RBI single in the frame. All five runs scored with two outs.

Coyote shortstop Lauren Eamiguel was 2-for-2 with an RBI single in the second inning. She reached base in all nine at bats during the series, going 5-for-5 with two triples and drawing four walks.

Blakeman was also 2-for-2 Sunday with a run scored. Jamie Holscher extended her hitting streak to eight with a base hit in her first at bat.

The Coyotes have a road trip to Iowa State set for Tuesday before returning home to host Creighton Wednesday in a 3 p.m. first pitch. The weekend brings Omaha to Nygaard Field with a noon doubleheader Saturday followed by an 11 a.m. game three Sunday.