Jacks claim Summit crown


VERMILLION, S.D. (GoJacks.com) — For the second time in program history, South Dakota State captured the Summit League Softball Championship by defeating second-seeded Omaha 4-2 Sunday in a winner-take-all game at Nygaard Field. Omaha forced a winner-take-all game earlier in the day to set the championship finale.

The Jackrabbits capitalized on a Maverick error to plate one in the third, added three in the fifth and tacked on one more insurance run in the seventh for the shutout victory.

Summit League All-Summit League first team pitcher Tori Kniesche was dominant all game long, striking out a league tournament game record 16 Mavericks as she won the 18th game of her sophomore campaign.

The Jackrabbits will travel to the Orlando Regional to take on Michigan Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. CT. The Jacks and the Wolverines will be joined by host UCF and Orlando in the four-team, double-elimination tournament.

Summit League Softball Tournament
North Dakota State 2, Omaha 0

South Dakota State 5, South Dakota 3
Omaha 3, South Dakota
South Dakota State 2, North Dakota State 0

Omaha 3, South Dakota State 0
South Dakota State 5, Omaha 0