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South Dakota State Eliminated by San Francisco in NCAA Baseball’s Eugene Regional

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The South Dakota State baseball season ended Saturday in Eugene, Oregon as the Jackrabbits were eliminated by San Francisco in the NCAA Tournament, 4-3 in 13 innings.

The Dons broke up a tie game in the top of the 13th without getting a hit.  In the inning, the Jackrabbits committed an error, had a passed ball, and allowed two walks before third baseman Bob Cruikshank’s sacrifice fly scored right fielder Bradley Zimmer with an unearned run.

SDSU finishes the season 35-24, with a first ever Summit League Tournament championship and first ever appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

San Francisco scored first in the top of the second inning on a safety squeeze as as shortstop Josh Miller brought home third baseman to make it 1-0.  Next, catcher Ryan Matranga singled home DH Mitchell Rowan to give the Dons a 2-0 lead.

The Jackrabbits cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second when first baseman Aaron Machbitz’s sacrifice fly scored left fielder Paul Jacobson to make it 2-1.

SDSU pulled even in the bottom of the eighth, with two on and two out, when right fielder Scott Splett singled to left, scoring catcher Reid Clary to make it 2-2.

The Jacks had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth, but with two on and one out, Clary struck out and pinch hitter Eric Danforth grounded out, stranding two.

The Dons scored in the top of the tenth when center fielder Justin Maffei singled to right center with one out, went to second on a sacrifice, and scored on a Zimmer single.

The Jacks took advantage of two errors by Miller in the bottom of the tenth.  The first allowed Splett to reach, as second baseman Al Robbins advanced to second.  A bad throw from Miller on a potential game winning double play allowed Robbins to score to extend the game.

SDSU had a chance to win the game in the 11th, as they put two on with one out, but back-to-back strikeouts by Clary and Robbins kept the game tied at 3.

Starter Stephen Bougher went seven innings for SDSU allowing two earned runs on seven hits.  He walked one and struck out two.

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