IPFW sweeps Coyotes
VERMILLION, SD — Fort Wayne sophomore pitcher Miranda Kramer struck out 19 hitters and allowed one run over 11 1/3 innings spanning two games Saturday as the Mastodons took two from South Dakota at Nygaard Field. Scores went 2-1 and 7-4 in nine innings.
Kramer (13-4) earned the win against South Dakota ace Erica Denney (14-6) in both games. She struck out 15 in the opener when both pitchers went the distance. Kramer relieved Megan Flenniken in the fifth inning of the nightcap with the score knotted at 4-4 and waited for her offense to deliver the winning runs. Kramer surrendered eight hits including two doubles during the twin bill and walked no one.
Denney struck out seven and scattered seven hits in the opener. She relieved Madison Frain in the eighth inning of game two with one out and the bases loaded. Two ground balls to shortstop Christine Broders got the Coyotes out of the inning unscathed.
South Dakota issued four lead-off walks, three of which came around to score, and 11 free passes in game two and it ultimately led to its demise. Dani Pugh walked to start the ninth and moved to second on a one-out, infield single by Hillary Kartman. It was the only hit of the inning for Fort Wayne. A fielding error during the next play loaded the bases. Back-to-back walks scored two runs that broke the tie. Larissa Franklin hit a ground ball to short and the throw home to get Flenniken was late which made it 7-4.
The Coyotes (25-14, 8-3 Summit) out-hit the Mastodons (20-8, 4-0) 12-9 in game two and 17-16 on the day. USD second baseman Matley Jones was 5-for-8 with a double and three RBIs to lead all hitters. She gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning of game two with a rocket past third base which plated Morgan Hancock. Fort Wayne answered quickly in the sixth with RBIs from Brittany Kachur and Ashleigh Bousquet.
Kartman had a two-run single as part of a three-run first inning for the Mastodons in game two. It was 4-0 before Jones plated Allie Daly with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. Jones knotted the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth with a single that scored Morgan Hancock. Yvon Minogue’s sacrifice fly and Broders’ RBI single down the left field line also contributed to the rally.
Jones was up with the bases loaded and with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Kramer induced a ground ball to short to end the game.
Denney allowed eight hits and five runs – three earned – in 8 2/3 innings of work. She had eight strikeouts against four walks.
Courtesy: University of South Dakota