USD defeated Western Illinois in two of three games to open Summit League play in Macomb, Ill over the weekend.
Games one and two were played in Mary Ellen Stadium on Saturday, the Coyotes taking the both matches in extra innings: 4-3 in 12 innings and then 3-2 in eight innings.
The Leathernecks took game three, defeating the Coyotes 6-3 in their final match of the series on Sunday.
“I’m just so proud of this team and the fight we showed this weekend,” said senior Alyssa Fernandez. “The way we came together and battled is the best feeling when you come out on top with a win. The third game wasn’t the outcome we wanted, but this team doesn’t quit.”
Redshirt-sophomore Alexis Devers pitched 12.2 innings over the weekend, followed by Durham who pitched eight innings and won Summit League Player of the Week for the third time this season. Durham tallied multiple hits in each game, including a two-run homer that proved to be the difference in series opener.
Sophomore shortstop Lauren Eamiguel was at bat nine times over the weekend and able to contribute three hits for the team.
“With the extra innings and more time spent in the dugout, the team and I had a fun experience with our first-weekend cheering and making a beat to dance around.” Eamiguel added.
The Coyotes have already surpassed their win total of last season and are currently 19-16. They return to action Wednesday at Creighton and hold their home opener this Saturday against Purdue-Fort Wayne in Vermillion, S.D.