VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota opened its 2019 home slate with a pair of convincing wins, topping Purdue Fort Wayne 7-0 and 10-0 on an obnoxiously cold and windy day at Nygaard Field.
Alexis Devers and Dustie Durham each tossed complete game shutouts for the Coyotes (21-17, 4-1 Summit). Devers (7-9) allowed seven hits and struck out five in the opener. Durham (9-6) allowed one hit – a single to left field by Lacey Wilzbacher in the first inning – and faced two more than the minimum in five innings.
At the plate, it was Lauren Eamiguel and Alyssa Fernandez who delivered three hits apiece. Eamiguel laced triples to right field in both games. She was 3-for-3 on the day with three walks, two RBIs and two runs scored. Fernandez was 3-for-4 with three walks, three RBIs and five runs scored. She now leads the Summit with 28 runs scored this season.
Half of Purdue Fort Wayne’s hits came from Wilzbacher, who had three infield singles in the first game and was 4-for-5 on the day. The rest of the Mastodons were 4-for-38 (.105) with four singles.
Free passes hurt the Mastodons (5-23, 0-5) in both games. Shaina Eyre issued six walks in the opener. Lauren McConnell walked eight in just four innings of work in the night cap.
South Dakota scored two first-inning runs in both games. Fernandez had an RBI single and Durham an RBI ground out in game one, Jamie Holscher delivered an RBI double and Skylar Arellano a run-scoring ground out in game two.
USD broke both games open late. Arellano produced a two-run triple as part of a three-run sixth inning for the Coyotes in game one. USD batted around and scored seven times in the fourth inning of game two. Four hits, an error and five walks led to the big inning.
Holscher, the Summit’s top hitter all season, was 2-for-3 and walked four times in the two games. She and Fernandez have hit safely in seven straight. A strong wind knocked down a hard hit line drive to center in the only time Holscher was retired. Her .411 batting average ranks second in the Summit.
The third and final game of the series is Sunday at 11 a.m.