AMES, Iowa—Eastern Kentucky used a five-run second inning to top South Dakota 7-2 in an elimination game at the NISC regional at Cyclone Sports Complex. The loss ends the Coyotes’ season with a 33-28 record, tied for the third-most wins in program history.
The start of the game was delayed 1.5 hours due to rain and started at 11:30 a.m. Four minutes later, and just two outs into the game, rain delayed play until close to 2:30 p.m.
USD starting pitcher Dustie Durham returned to the circle in the afternoon and walked two before getting the final out of the first inning. An out, a base hit and a walk to start the top of the second and coach Robert Wagner turned to Thursday’s starter Alexis Devers. But the Colonels’ next six hitters either walked or singled off Devers, generating five runs before an inning-ending double play stopped the bleeding.
On the other side, Eastern Kentucky (35-21) gave the ball to senior Murphy McRoberts, who made her 10th start of the season. McRoberts pitched four scoreless innings before giving up two in the bottom of the fifth. She completed six innings and handed to ace Mollie Paulick who pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. McRoberts (3-7) struck out four and walked three to get her third win of the season.
Camille Fowler had two of USD’s five hits including an RBI single in the fifth that cut the lead to 7-1. Alyssa Fernandez followed with another single that scored Lauren Eamiguel and made it 7-2.
Eastern Kentucky used six singles and drew six walks to get its seven runs. A Coyote throwing error to start the fourth led to two unearned runs that extended the lead to 7-0.
Eamiguel, Fowler and Durham were each named to the NISC all-regional team. Eamiguel and Fowler had three hits in the two games in Ames, and Durham was 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Thursday’s 4-3 loss to Purdue.