Saturday’s result sets up Wednesday’s rematch at Brookings

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Different day, same result as Kansas City recorded nine runs for the third straight game and finished a three-game sweep of South Dakota with a five-inning 9-0 victory Saturday at the Urban Youth Academy.

The result means those two teams will meet in Game 1 of Wednesday’s Summit League tournament hosted by South Dakota State at Brookings. South Dakota (27-23, 11-10 Summit) will be the home team and the No. 4 seed at 2 p.m. Wednesday against fifth-seeded Kansas City (13-33, 9-11). The winner advances to a four-team, double-elimination tournament that provides an automatic NCAA Tournament bid to the winner.

It was the top end of the Roos, led again by receiver Alexis D’Ambrosio, who ignited Kansas City. D’Ambrosio was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Leadoff hitter Kloe Hillbrenner added two hits, including her sixth homer of the season. The Roos totaled eight hits in their four frames at home plate.

South Dakota had just four singles against three different Kansas City pitchers. Tatum Villatta picked center to start the game, extending her hitting streak to 11 games, but was blocked at third to finish first. The Coyotes failed to get a runner past first base the rest of the way.

A tough way to end the regular season for sure, but South Dakota’s 27-23 regular season record still marks one of the best turnovers in the nation. The Coyotes finished 25 games below .500 a year ago and are +29 from that low this season. South Dakota’s +32 mark entering the game this week was just behind Penn State.

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