Now in its second season, “Inside The Summit League” is hosted by Tom Nieman. Visit thesummitleague.org/itsl to view the list of channels and times or to watch online. This week’s show includes an interview with North Dakota State’s new head men’s basketball coach David Richman, highlights of baseball and softball action, a feature on the Denver women’s golf program and the campus spotlight on South Dakota.
Summit League play continues this weekend with four-game series’ … North Dakota State hosts Western Illinois while Fort Wayne hosts South Dakota State … Omaha has a bye from league competition this weekend and will travel to Peoria, Ill., to face Bradley in a three-game set.
The Summit League Championships begin Monday and run through Wednesday … All eight men’s and women’s teams will be competing at the Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club in Keller, Texas … The Denver women’s team is currently ranked No. 41 in the Golfstat rankings while senior Tonje Daffinrud is No. 15 … Go to the championship website by clicking here to get all the information … Fans can also follow along with live stats on Golfstat.
With only three weekends of league play remaining before the league championship, six teams are in action in league play this weekend … League-leading North Dakota State hosts second place Fort Wayne, while third place South Dakota welcomes fourth place IUPUI and South Dakota State hosts Omaha … Five teams and eight players are ranked in the NCAA top-30, including in the top-10 in seven categories and one NCAA leader … A pair of Summit League players are ranked in multiple categories … Fort Wayne’s Miranda Kramer is ranked in the top-two in three categories, first in the nation in shutouts (10) and second in strikeouts (232) and strikeouts per seven innings (11.5) … Western Illinois’ Sammy Marshall is ranked in the top-10 in three categories, fifth in batting average (.477), seventh in runs per game (1.21) and ninth in stolen bases (0.76).
Tennis / Women’s
The men’s regular season title and tournament top seed will be decided Friday when Denver (4-0 Summit) hosts Fort Wayne (4-0) … Women’s regular season ends this weekend with Denver (3-0) hosting cluster action that also involves Fort Wayne (2-1), IUPUI (1-2), Omaha (2-1), South Dakota (0-3), South Dakota State (3-1) and Western Illinois (0-3) … The 2014 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships are April 25-27 at Denver.
Track & Field
All seven league teams are in action this weekend … IUPUI, North Dakota State, South Dakota and South Dakota State are at the Mt. SAC Relays … North Dakota State, South Dakota and South Dakota State will also be competing at the Bryan Clay Invitational and Long Beach Invitational while on the West coast … Summit Leaguers have combined for six times/marks in the NCAA top-30, including two in the NCAA top-15 … NDSU’s Paige Stratioti is seventh in the nation in the 800 meters with a time of 2:05.94 and SDSU’s Mary Wirth is tied for 15th in the high jump with a height of 5'10.75" (1.80m).
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