The Augustana softball team beat Minnesota State 7-0 on Saturday in the Central Region Championship game in Edmond, Oklahoma. The Vikings leave the double elimination tournament 3-0 and advance to the championship site in Denver, Colorado.
Augustana, the reigning national champions, drops to 47-6 this season. The Minnesota State season ends at 40-10.
The Vikings, ranked first in the country and number one seed in the region, pounced on their NSIC opponents in the first inning, racking up six hits in the first inning. Mary Pardo set the tone by beating a shortstop for an infield single. Kendall Cornick then completed a five-length walk to place the runners in first and second. Rapid City graduate Stevens, sophomore Gracey Brink, followed with the first of three triples in the inning as she scored both Pardo and Cornick.
After watching Brink shoot a triple down center field, Torri Chute hit his own RBI triple, this time down center for the 3-0 lead.
Abby Lien then got the first base after being hit by a pitch as Delaney Young pushed her to second on a fielder’s pick.
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The twisted number in the first inning continued as Lien scored on an Ashley Mickschl single for the 4-0 advantage.
Amanda Dickmeyer then charged up the goals as she hit a slow dribbler to the shortstop and was so quick on the line that a pitch was never made.
With the bases loaded, Abbie Lund hit the third treble of the inning for AU as she hit the ball along the right field line, clearing the bases for the 7-0 lead.
From there it was cruise control for Ashley Mickschl who allowed just three hits and walked one for a total of four base runners the entire game. She struck out four Maverick hitters in her country’s 26th win in the circle.
Augustana had eight hits that day, with a day of 2-for-3 each from Chute and Dickmeyer. The other four hits came from Pardo, Brink, Mickschl and Lund.
The SDSU falls twice, eliminated from the Fayetteville region
The most successful softball season in South Dakota State program history ended Saturday night with a 2-1 10-innings loss to Stanford at the Fayetteville Regional Division I Softball Championship of the NCAA.
The Summit League champion Jackrabbits finished the year with an overall record of 43-8, tying the 1996 school winning record set by the team (43-22). Stanford improved to 33-21 overall and will face the No.6 national seed and host Arkansas in the regional championship on Sunday afternoon.
Stanford’s Kristina Inouye started the rally winning in the 10th inning with a walking walk. After the Jackrabbits failed to complete a double play on pop-up decay, the Cardinal took advantage as Taylor Gindlesperger walked a walk and Eleni Spriakis followed with a center goal that scored the runner’s Sydney Steele pinch. It would be Stanford’s third and final hit of the night against SDSU holder Tori Kniesche.
Cylie Halvorson kept up the Jackrabbits’ hopes in the bottom of the 10th with a two-out brace along the left-field line, but Stanford pitcher Alana Vawter caused Kelsey Lenox to drop at second base from the stick for end the match.
The Jackrabbits struck first, scoring a run late in the third inning on a left-side Jocelyn Carrillo single that tackled Emma Osmundson.
Stanford returned to tie the game in the next half-inning, taking advantage of some wildness from Kniesche. Gindlesperger started with a left center hit, was second on a wild pitch, moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on the second wild pitch of the inning.
Both starters settled in from there, Kniesche holding the Cardinal without another hit until the ninth inning. Vawter, who was roughed up by the Jackrabbits when they met on Friday, was up to the task as she allowed five hits, while walking four and putting out six.
Kniesche, who finished his freshman season 21-2, struck out eight strikes and four strike goals in 10 innings.
Earlier Saturday, Mary Haff and Autumn Storms combined in a seven-hit shutout to carry the No. 6 seed of Arkansas to a 4-0 victory over the Jackrabbits.
The Razorbacks, 42-9, advance to Sunday’s championship against Stanford.
Arkansas took a 2-0 lead early in the second as designated player Linnie Malkin turned on an inside offer from Jackrabbit starter Grace Glanzer and pulled her to the left field line for a home run. two points.
The Razorbacks increased their advantage to 4-0 with a pair of runs in the fourth. Kayla Green passed Danielle Gibson with the first inning of the frame on a right-center double, Green later scoring on a single from Aly Manzo’s first baseman sack.
SDSU mustered a pair of threats, charging up the bases in the fourth and seventh innings, but came back empty each time. The seventh inning threat included three straight singles with two strikeouts by Cheyanne Masterson, Rozelyn Carrillo and Peyton Daugherty, but Storms ended the rally – and the game – with one strikeout.
Jackrabbit baseball splits streak with Oral Roberts
South Dakota state closed its final regular-season streak with a 7-4 victory over Oral Roberts on Saturday to clinch a spot in the Summit League championship.
Owen Bishop pitched seven innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs, no walks and struck out three to register his first win of the season.
The Jackrabbits took an early 3-0 lead as Jess Bellows scored on wild ground before a pair of ORU errors allowed two more Jacks to score.
After a pair of innings controlled by both pitching teams, ORU added a run on an RBI brace early in the fourth. The Jackrabbits responded with three more points in the fifth. Luke Ira and Ryan McDonald posted back-to-back solo home runs down midfield before State charged up the bases to score Hackman on a sacrificial volley from Avery Mellman.
The Jacks’ final inning came in the bottom of the sixth as McDonald doubled down through the center right, scoring Ira, who hit a single on the right.
ORU threatened late, adding points in the seventh and ninth, but failed to close the deficit.
Mogen took over the mound in the ninth with two outs and runners in the first and third. The last batter flew to right field as the closest Jackrabbit recorded his first save of the season.
With the win, the Jackrabbits secured the No. 4 seed in the Summit League Championship and will once again face No. 1 seeded Oral Roberts on Thursday at noon (MDT). The tournament will be held at Tal Anderson Filed in Omaha, Neb.