The South Dakota State softball team scored first in the finale of a three game Summit League series against Western Illinois in Omaha, but the Fighting Leathernecks responded with 10 unanswered runs to secure a series sweep with a 10-1, five inning win on Sunday at Fontenelle Park.
South Dakota State headed south to Omaha for the second straight weekend, but unlike last week when the Jackrabbits came away with three wins, the Jacks dropped the first two games in a three-game series to Western Illinois, falling in the opener 6-3 and the nightcap 4-3.
A day after earning the first two wins in South Dakota State equestrian history at NCEA Nationals, both the Jackrabbit western and hunt seat teams bowed out of the national event with losses in the second round.
Less than two hours after the No. 12 seed South Dakota State hunt seat team advanced at the NCEA Nationals with a raw score win over No. 5 seed TCU, the No. 7 seeded western squad followed suit with a 5-3 win over No. 10 seed Tennessee-Martin at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.
Stephen Bougher pitched a three-hit shutout in the opener and South Dakota State completed a doubleheader sweep over Oakland with a 10-3 victory in Game 2 Sunday afternoon. The Jackrabbits won the opener 3-0.
The National Collegiate Equestrian Association announced its 2013 All-America classes on Monday, a list that included three Jackrabbits to one of the three All-America teams, including South Dakota State junior Laura Dunlavy, who earned NCEA First Team All-American in reining.
As the South Dakota State equestrian team prepares for NCEA Nationals on April 18-21 in Waco, Texas, they do so for the first time as a complete team, as both the western and hunt seat teams qualified for the event.
Adam Bray and J.D. Moore combined on a four-hit shutout, leading South Dakota State to a 3-0 win over North Dakota State in the finale of their four-game Summit League baseball series Sunday afternoon at Erv Huether Field.
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