Coyote softball rolls in a rubber match with the bison

VERMILLION, SD (Dakota News Now) – South Dakota freshman pitcher Clara Edwards twirled a gem during Sunday’s rubber game of a Summit League series against North Dakota State at Nygaard Field.

Edwards limited the Bison to six hits, allowing no earned runs, while the Coyotes won the series with an 8-1 victory.

The two wins were the first for South Dakota at home against North Dakota State in the Summit League era and Sunday’s triumph was punctuated by a pair of four-run innings.

The Coyotes chased North Dakota State ace Paige Vargas, the league’s winningest leader, in the second inning as Lauren Eamiguel singled home Rylee Nicholson before Bela Goerke doubled at home Amiguel.

Mac Schulz relieved Vargas and South Dakota pushed the lead to 4-0 taking advantage of a big two-out throwing error that tackled two unearned runs.

The Bison (19-15, 1-2 at Summit) avoided the shutout with a run in the top of the sixth as Cameryn Maykut, who was 6 for 7 in Saturday’s double bill, delivered an RBI brace. It was the only extra hit allowed by Edwards, who left runners on second and third to end the inning when she called on Carley Goetschius to line up for the third out.

South Dakota (16-13, 2-1 at Summit) had four runs late in the sixth, earning a brace from Jordyn Pender. Courtney Wilson’s RBI single and Aleesia Sainz’s RBI groundout were sandwiched around Pender’s big hit.

Edwards won both games in the series to improve to 9-7 this season. She allowed three earned runs on 12 hits — six in each start — in 14 innings of work.

South Dakota travels to Des Moines on Tuesday for a midweek non-conference double-header against Drake. The first pitch of the first game is set for 4 p.m.

The Summit League slate continues with South Dakota State coming to Vermillion on Saturday for a doubleheader at noon and Sunday’s singleheader at 11 a.m. A big point in the South Dakota Showdown Series will be on the line against last year’s Summit League champions.

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