Jacks win and tie against Creighton
South Dakota State and Creighton played a total of 17 innings on Tuesday and combined to score three runs. The Jackrabbits scored two of those runs and the Bluejays one, but darkness ended the day with a 1-1 tie in Game 2 after 9 innings, which followed a 1-0, 8 inning, SDSU win in Game 1.
The Jackrabbits, who improve to 7-17-1, got the Game 1 rally going in the bottom of the eighth inning on a pinch hit single from Samantha Terry and a single from Emily Weber to put runners on first and second with one out. Marlee Petersen came up next and reached on an error to set the table for Devon Reick, who delivered with a walk-off single down the left field line to give the Jacks a 1-0 win.
Kori Seidlitz twirled a gem for the Jackrabbits in the opener, giving up four hits over eight innings with six walks and 11 strikeouts to earn the shutout win, which boosts her record to 3-7.
Pam Nicholson took the ball in the circle for Game 2, and pitched tossed a gem of her own in taking a shutout, and a 1-0 lead, into the seventh inning.
Needing a run to extend the game, Creighton got its run in the seventh without the benefit of a hit or error, but used a pair of hit batters and a pair of walks to plate a run and force extra innings.
Both teams went down in order in the eighth inning and both teams mounted a threat in the ninth, with Creighton leaving the bases loaded and the Jackrabbits leaving a runner in scoring position, but neither team could push a run across, and darkness ended the game.
Nicholson scattered four hits, with six walks and eight strikeouts in the night cap. Bluejay starter Alexis Cantu also shined, giving up three hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.
The Jackrabbits return to Summit League play on Friday, when they welcome preseason favorite UMKC to Brookings in a doubleheader that starts at 2 p.m.