Cougars Impressive Season Comes to End With 7-5 Loss To Golden Bears
SIOUX FALLS, SD — The 2014 season was a successful one for the University of Sioux Falls softball team with ten team records and nine individual single season records being set under the guidance of first year head coach Kelsey Thompson. Despite the record setting season, the Cougars were eliminated on Thursday in the NSIC Softball Tournament when they dropped their second game of the day to Concordia-St. Paul by a final score of 7-5.
The loss ends USF’s season with an overall record of 30-17 while Concordia-St. Paul advances to Friday’s games with their record of 19-33 on the season.
After the Golden Bears took the lead in the first inning with a two run home run, the Cougars closed the gap in the fifth inning with a Betsy Thomas home run to left centerfield that brought USF within one run of Concordia-St. Paul. Thomas came away from the days second game going 1-of-2 at the plate with one RBI and two runs scored.
CSP added to their lead when Emily Shinn hit a sacrifice fly to left field that put the Golden Bears up by two runs in the sixth inning.
The seventh inning was a difficult one for the Cougars defensively as they gave up four runs which was highlighted by a Tessa Ewert three-run homer that put Concordia-St. Paul up by six runs heading into the final half inning. Ewert was a perfect 4-of-4 in the box against the Cougars, recording three RBI.
After Bailey Bouman hit a single up the middle to load the bases, Amanda Walters helped lead a late rally when she hit a grand slam with two outs to put USF within two runs of the Golden Bears. However, a fly out by Shae Hoskins ended the game as USF fell to Concordia-St. Paul 7-5. Walter’s homerun ended her day having gone 2-of-4 at the plate with four RBI and one run scored.
Bouman (11-7) was charged with the loss as she gave up 11 hits and seven earned runs while striking out five Golden Bear batters in her final appearance on the mound for the Cougars.
Stephanie Kappes (10-20) got the victory for Concordia-St. Paul as she gave up nine hits and five earned runs while striking out five Cougar batters.
USF scored their five runs on nine hits while committing one error.
WAYNE STATE 10, USF 8
Offense was abundant for both the University of Sioux Falls and Wayne State in Thursday afternoon’s NSIC Tournament opener at Sherman Park as the two teams combined for 21 hits and 18 runs. The Cougars hit .323 in the box, but that failed to be enough as the Wildcats put together a batting average of .379 to take a 10-8 victory.
After walking three straight batters and giving up one run in the first inning, the Cougars offense responded in the second inning, scoring three runs on four hits. Amanda Walters started off a string of four straight Cougar hits when she hit a single to left field. In the next at bat, Shae Hoskins hit a double to left field that sent Walters to third base with Kellen Dewey up to bat. Dewey then hit another double for the Cougars that brought in Walters and Hoskins to give USF their first lead of the day. USF’s fourth straight hit came when Taylor Jonas hit a single to centerfield that allowed Dewey to cross the plate and gave USF a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the second inning.
In the bottom of the third inning, Wayne State had a scoring outburst of their own, scoring four runs off of a pair of homers.
The four runs by WSC had USF trailing by two runs, but a five run inning by the Cougars in the top of the fourth put them back up by three runs. With runners on second and third for the Cougars, Erin Scott came to the plate and an error by the Wildcats second baseman allowed Scott to reach safely and brought in Dewey and Jonas to tie the game up at five runs apiece. With two outs on the board, Betsy Thomas came up to bat for USF and launched the ball out of the park for a three-run homer to give the Cougars a three run lead.
After a two-run fourth inning, Wayne State knotted things up at eight runs apiece when a Michelle Thille single through the left side brought in one run.
The Wildcats took the lead for good when WSC hit two solo home runs in the bottom of the sixth, giving Wayne State a 10-8 lead.
The Cougars had opportunities late in the game when hits by Hoskins and Dewey in the top of the seventh loaded the bases, but a groundout by Jonas ended USF’s comeback hopes as they fell by a final score of 10-8.
Walters (18-9) was charged with the loss as she gave up ten earned runs and 11 hits in her six innings on the mound.
Sara Scheffert (18-11) picked up the win, giving up four earned runs and ten hits on the mound.
The Cougars scored their eight runs on ten hits while committing zero errors.
Courtesy: University of Sioux Falls