CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Jackrabbit softball team dropped a 10-2 contest to Northern Iowa Sunday afternoon in its weekend finale at the UNI Dome Tournament.
South Dakota State (3-2) was led offensively by Lyndsey Crist, who hit her first home run of the season in two-run fashion. The Jackrabbits also had three walks in the contest as Peyton Daugherty, Ali Herdliska and Megan Rushing worked free passes.
Taylor Compton (2-1) was dealt her first loss of the season, allowing six runs (five earned) and six hits over 2.1 innings. Emma Hardin threw the final 1.2 frames and gave up four runs (two earned).
Northern Iowa struck first with three runs in the opening frame, taking advantage of a pair of Jackrabbit errors to build the early lead.
State answered immediately in the top of the second off the bat of Crist. Rushing started the inning with a walk, and with one gone Crist crushed a 1-1 pitch over the batter’s eye in center for the two-run blast.
That was it for the Jackrabbits, however, as UNI pulled away with four runs in the third before adding three more on in the fourth.
SDSU had a leadoff runner in the fourth, but a double play ended the threat as the Panthers maintained control in their home tournament.
Game Notes – The Jackrabbits are now 2-15 all-time against Northern Iowa. ... Ali Herdliska was 6-of-12 at the plate over the weekend with two home runs, seven RBIs and five walks. ... South Dakota State worked 32 total walks in the tournament, averaging 6.4 per conference. ... Eight Jackrabbits made their collegiate debuts over the five games.
South Dakota State heads for Jacksonville, Fla., next weekend, Feb. 15-17 for the UNF/Dolphin Invitational. The Jackrabbits will play five games over the three-day event beginning Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Colgate.
• SDSU 14, Saint Louis 0 (5 inn.)
Hardin (1-1) started and threw four complete innings, scattering a pair of hits and one walk in a shutout performance.
Olivia Douglas tossed the fifth and allowed two walks and a hit before working out of a bases-loaded jam to finish the contest.
SDSU worked eight free passes at the plate and seven Jackrabbits tallied hits.
Yanney Ponce, who recorded her first-career triple, led the Jackrabbit attack with four RBIs while Julia Andersen (double) had two more RBIs. Paige Gerdes hit a double of her own in a pinch-hit performance, and Herdliska and Crist each had two walks.
The Jackrabbits scored twice in the opening inning before taking control with eight runs in the second. They tacked on a four-spot in the fifth.
• SDSU 6, Drake 4
Compton (2-0) earned the win in a complete-game effort, scattering six hits and seven walks. She allowed four runs and struck out two.
Herdliska was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, blasting her second home run of the season and 34th in her career.
SDSU drew 10 walks, tied for the second-most in a game in the Division I era.
Herdliska connected on a two-run homer in the first inning and added an RBI single in the second.
Mallory McQuistan’s two-run hit later in the second frame made it 5-0.
Drake scored twice in the third inning.
Andersen had SDSU’s other hit of the contest – an double in the third that put the Jacks on top 6-2.
The Bulldogs’ Taryn Pena hit a two-run homer in the fifth to provide for the final margin. She finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs.