Kniesche honored by Summit

SIOUX FALLS S.D. ( — South Dakota State freshman Tori Kniesche was honored Monday as Summit League Pitcher of the Week following an impressive opening weekend on the softball diamond.

A right-hander from Wayne, Nebraska, Kniesche posted a 2-0 record with a 1.00 earned run average and 23 strikeouts in a pair of seven-inning complete-game efforts for the Jackrabbits at the Doc Halverson UNI-Dome Classic in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

In her collegiate debut against Drake on Feb. 12, Kniesche struck out 12 and walked four, allowing one run on three hits. The next day, Kniesche fanned 11 Northern Iowa hitters, once again giving up only one run and three hits.

Both of the runs Kniesche allowed were in the first inning of games.

SDSU, 4-1 overall, has withdrawn from this weekend’s Tracy Beard Invitational in Frisco, Texas, due to weather and travel concerns. The Jackrabbits will explore options for the weekend of Feb. 26-28 to resume play.