Softball falls in finale at Western Illinois
MACOMB, Ill. – The South Dakota State softball team came up just short in its bid to sweep Western Illinois on Sunday, falling to the host Fighting Leathernecks 4-3 in Summit League action.
The Jackrabbits win the series 2-1, but the loss drops them to 7-18 on the season overall and to 2-4 in league play, while Western Illinois improves to 17-12 overall and to an even 3-3 in the league.
The visitors tacked on a run in the fifth to go up 3-0 on a Sammy Bingham single that scored Lauren Chirnside, but the Leathernecks got two of those runs back in the bottom of the fifth to cut the Jackrabbit lead to 3-2.
Western added two more in the bottom of the sixth to go up 4-3, and a Jackrabbit rally came up short in the seventh with one runner getting tossed out at home and another getting caught stealing to end the game.
Huffman finished the day 2 for 4 at the plate with a run scored, and five other Jackrabbits recorded hits in the game.
The Jacks return to action next weekend against IUPUI, in a three game series scheduled to start on Friday at Jackrabbit Softball Stadium on the SDSU campus in Brookings, but weather could force changes to the location and/or start times.