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 baseball, softball and track and field highlights, an interview with new Western Illinois head men’s basketball coach Billy Wright and the campus spotlight on South Dakota State.
Two more weeks of league play are slated before The Summit League Championship begins on May 22 … Western Illinois sits in first place and travels to South Dakota State for a four-game series … The Jackrabbits are tied for second with both Fort Wayne and Omaha … The Mastodons visit the Mavericks this weekend … Meanwhile, North Dakota State will battle Winnipeg in a three-game non-league series.
The Denver men’s squad was selected to the NCAA Columbia Regional which takes place at the Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo., May 15-17 … IUPUI’s Rob van de Vin earned the league’s automatic individual berth and will compete at the NCAA Regional in Sugar Grove, Ill. … Meanwhile, the Denver women’s squad tees-off at the NCAA West Regional Thursday … The Pioneers are the 14th-ranked team at the regional … The Pioneer women are ranked No. 42 in the latest Golfstat rankings while Tonje Daffinrud checks-in at No. 15 as an individual.
The Summit League Championship continues Thursday-Saturday … On Wednesday, No. 3 South Dakota defeated No. 6 South Dakota State, 7-2, while No. 4 IUPUI downed No. 5 Western Illinois, 10-2 (5 innings) … On Thursday, South Dakota squares-off against No. 2 Fort Wayne while IUPUI faces host and top-seeded North Dakota State … South Dakota State and Western Illinois will follow those two contests in an elimination game.
Tennis / Women’s
Denver’s Summit League Champion men’s and women’s teams each compete in NCAA Tournament action Friday … The men face No. 15 national seed Kentucky at 3 p.m. ET in Lexington, Ky., with the advancing to a Saturday meeting against either Purdue or Clemson for a berth in the round of 16 … DU’s women take on Rice at 4 p.m. in Waco, Texas with the winner advancing to Saturday to face either No. 14 national seed Baylor or Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a berth in the round of 16.
Track & Field
North Dakota State hosts the NDSU Tune-Up Meet on Friday with South Dakota State also participating … Omaha and South Dakota will be participating in the Nebraska Invitational on Saturday … The Summit League Championships are scheduled to run May 15-17.
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