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Jacks earn No. 6 seed in Summit League Tournament

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 05/06/2014 10:48:07
The South Dakota State softball team wrapped up the 2014 regular season on Saturday with a 2-0 win over former Summit League foe Kansas City, and looks to take that momentum with them to Fargo, N.D., where the Jackrabbits open play in The Summit League Championships on Wednesday against South Dakota at 3 p.m.

The Jackrabbits enter their second-ever Summit League Tournament as the No. 6 seed, while the Coyotes come into their second-ever tournament as the No. 3 seed. Both teams own the same 0-2 mark in The Summit League Championships, with the Jacks dropping their only two games in 2010 and the Coyotes bowing out in two games last season.

NEXT UP FOR THE JACKRABBITS – A Jackrabbit win would pit them against No. 2 seed Fort Wayne in the tournament quarterfinals on Thursday at 10 a.m., while a loss would drop the Jacks into the loser’s bracket, where they would face off against the loser of the No. 4 seed IUPUI vs. No. 5 seed Western Illinois game on Thursday in an elimination game at 3 p.m.

THE JACKS AT THE TOURNAMENT – SDSU returns to The Summit League Championships for the second time in school history, the first appearance being in 2010, also in Fargo, N.D.

The No. 4 seed in the four-team tournament, the Jacks opened the 2010 tournament with a 4-0 loss against top-seeded Western Illinois, and then fell to No. 2 seed IPFW by a 9-1 score in six innings in an elimination game. The lone run scored by the Jackrabbits came in a solo homerun from Morgan McCabe.

EXTRA BASES – Sophomore Devan Larsen finished the regular season with 22 hits, 13 of which went for extra bases. She hits six doubles, one triple and led the team with six homeruns. She also led the jacks with 27 runs batted in during the regular season.

EXTRA INNINGS –South Dakota State played a total of three extra inning games during the regular season, posting a 2-1 mark, with the lone loss coming on Saturday in a 7-5, 11 inning loss to former Summit League for Kansas City.

SHORT NOT ALWAYS SWEET – The 2014 Jackrabbits played 16 run-rule shortened games during the regular season, coming up on the short end in 14 of those contests.

HOME AT LAST – The four seniors on the SDSU roster played just 39 of 186 games on their home field throughout their careers, including no home games during the 2013 season, when a late-arriving spring wiped out the entire home schedule.

TODAY’S OPPONENT

SOUTH DAKOTA COYOTES (28-20, 9-8 Summit) – Picked to finish in a tie for fourth in The Summit League Preseason Poll with Western Illinois, the Coyotes finished fourth in the standings behind Omaha, but earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament due the Mavericks being ineligible for postseason play.

South Dakota enters the tournament looking to snap a three-game losing streak after dropping all three games against league regular season champion North Dakota State last weekend in Vermillion.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES vs. SOUTH DAKOTA – The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series with South Dakota 73-53, which includes wins in the first four games at the Division I level, but the Coyotes won each of the last seven meetings, including three-game series sweeps last year in Vermillion and this year in Brookings.   

THE 2014 SERIES vs. SOUTH DAKOTA – The Jackrabbits struggled to hit .135 in the series against the Coyotes on April 25-26 in Brookings, and scored just one run in the three games. South Dakota, on the other hand, hit .350 and touched-up the Jackrabbit pitching staff for 20 runs, including six doubles, two triples and four homeruns.

Ashlyn Bender started two games in the series and pitched a total of 11.2 innings, giving up 10 runs, but just two of them earned, as the Jacks committed seven errors in the series compared to just one for the visitors.

 

 

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