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Softball Battles in Home Opening Series

2-12 vs Georgetown Jim Killian Photography (83)

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2-12 vs Georgetown Jim Killian Photography (83)
Written by: Brice VanceApril 01, 2016

The IPFW softball team claimed one victory when it opened its Summit League schedule at home against South Dakota.

In the first game of the series, Sierra Miranda gave the Mastodons the 1-0 early lead in the first inning when she drove in Lauren Watson off a ground out to second base.

Starting pitcher Sarah Lazarowich kept the Coyotes off the scoreboard for the first three innings. That changed in the fourth inning when South Dakota’s Sydney Hancock led off the inning with a double to right-center field and then she scored when the next batter, Jessica Rogers, singled.

The Coyotes opened the game up in the fifth when they put up five runs, including two home runs, one from Hancock and one from Brooke Curtis.

IPFW had a chance to get back in the game in the bottom of the sixth when Miranda doubled to left field. The next two Mastodon batters lined out to end the opportunity to cut into the Coyote lead.

South Dakota extended its lead in the seventh inning. After Lazarowich walked the first batter, Demitra Burns came in for relief.

Burns let a run in after a single and hitting the next two Coyote batters. Three more runs came in to score for South Dakota.

IPFW was unable to put any more runs on the board and dropped the first game 10-1. Lauren Watson went 2 for 3 for the Mastodons in the game and Lazarowich took the loss on the mound.

In the second game of the series, the scoring was few and far between for each team.

South Dakota scored the first two runs of the game off Elizabeth Snodgrass with a two-run homer to left field.

Snodgrass shut down the Coyotes after the first inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Burns and Jessica Murray hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Then, Caitlyn DeLong gave IPFW the 3-2 lead when she hit her third home run of the year over the right-center field fence.

South Dakota loaded the bases in the sixth, but Snodgrass got Christy Warnock to fly out and Jaime Holscher to ground out to end the inning.

Snodgrass pitched a complete game and claimed her first victory of the season.

The final game of the series would be filled with lead changes. The first lead change came in the bottom of the second when DeLong hit her second homer of the weekend for the 2-1 advantage.

The Coyotes came back to tie the game up in the third off a Curtis solo home run.

The game wasn’t tied for long. IPFW took back the lead in the fifth when Emily Olszewski was safe at home when Kelly Pevely singled to center field.

Burns then reached on a South Dakota error and Miranda scored on the error to extend the lead 4-2.

After the Coyotes loaded the bases in the sixth, Lazarowich came in to relieve Snodgrass.

An error by Miranda allowed run to score for South Dakota while Lazarowich walked the next batter to tie the game 4-4. She got out of the inning when Rogers flied out for the third out.

IPFW got the lead back in the sixth when Olszewski drove into two runners off a double down the left-field line to lead 6-4.

Then the Coyotes scattered six runs in the top of the seventh, including a three-run home run by Holscher and a two-RBI single by Shelby Keil.

After the Mastodons were able to answer South Dakota all game long, they were unsuccessful in the seventh and lost 10-6.

March 25 and 26, IPFW improved its record to 10-22. The Mastodons travel to Notre Dame at 5 p.m. March 30 and continue their Summit League schedule at home April 2 and 3 against Omaha.