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Clearly, Cue has recovered from getting hit in the face by a batted ball at Iowa State earlier in the week. She had to leave that game with dizziness and still has a couple of small scabs just to the left of her chin where the seams made contact.
But other than that the University of South Dakota softball had a pretty nice little afternoon Friday.
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The teams will meet again today in the finale of the series. It'll double as the regular season conference finale for SDSU. The Jacks are virtually locked into the sixth spot Reebok Kids Sneakers
USD has more at stake, situated in the middle of a five team jumble for the remaining seeds. It faces league leader North Dakota State in a pivotal three game set next week.
for the upcoming expanded conference tourney.
Streaking Coyotes thump Jacks twice
USD Matley Jones (right) collides with SDSU catcher Sammy Bingham at home plate to score during the second game of their doubleheader Friday.(Photo: Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader)
"It all starts in the circle," interim coach Alex Hupp said. "You can't win when you give up 14 hits. That said, too, we had (four) base runners all day. People were striking out looking and everything. We're better than that individually and as a team. It's just you've got to put it together."
Meanwhile, the Jacks were loose with the ball when they kept the Coyotes from hitting it out of the park. They allowed six unearned runs on four errors in the opener. It was representative of their last place status in Reebok Memory Foam Mens
Center fielder Katie Dinning also homered, hitting one in Game 2. The fourth USD blast was more conventional in the sense that it came from Coyotes catcher and Washington High grad Allie Daly. She leads the club with nine this spring.
USD pitcher Rachel Cue didn't let SDSU string together anything. The freshman faced the minimum in Game 1, allowing only a third inning single to Alyssa D'Agostino. She didn't let anybody reach third base in either game.
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The games were shortened by the eight run rule, too. The Coyotes (27 17, 8 5) extended their series win streak to six games with relative ease. These were their first wins over SDSU (9 31, 2 15) by shutout and by such lopsided scores since moving to the NCAA Division I level.
USD leadoff hitter Lindsey Boyd reached base and scored in the first inning of both contests, setting a productive offensive tone. The senior third baseman totaled six runs, five RBI and four hits in the doubleheader, including her third and fourth homers of the season. Her second shot was central in the Coyotes scoring six runs in the fourth inning of the nightcap, their most crooked frame of the day.
the Summit League.
"It kind of pushed me," said the Californian, who is 16 7 this season. "I just know now every batter's trying to kill the ball. It pushed me to really hit my spots every time and just not let up."
"That's what I was saying to the umpires," USD coach Amy Klyse said with a smile. "It's not often we have short sleeves on in South Dakota."
SDSU has lost 12 conference games in a row.
"We've been working a lot on getting all four aspects: Base running, hitting, pitching and defense," Klyse said. "Obviously, today we executed those four aspects.
The Coyotes won two games at rival South Dakota State, both by shutout 8 0 and 10 0. They totaled four home runs and allowed only that many hits. They didn't commit any errors. Plus, the weather was idyllic temps in the mid 60s, sunny and windless.
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