No. 5 Omaha, No. 6 Fort Wayne Earn Upset Bids to the Second Round of the #SummitSB Championship

No. 5 Omaha, No. 6 Fort Wayne Earn Upset Bids to the Second Round of the #SummitSB Championship

The Basics

Score: No. 4 South Dakota 5, No. 5 Omaha 8

Records: South Dakota (17-38), Omaha (19-29)

Location: Ellig Sports Complex – Fargo, N.D.

FARGO, N.D. – No. 5 Omaha revenged a playoff loss from one year ago by defeating the No. 4 South Dakota Coyotes 8-5 in the first round of the #SummitSB championship tournament. Savannah Fisher, Emma Dargy and Faith Romero each recorded two RBI for the Mavericks.

Omaha came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, knocking in three runs on six hits in the first inning. Freshman of the Year Aubrey Hacke clocked a double to deep right field, and then scored shortly after on a hit by Kelly Pattison. The Coyotes brought in pitcher Sarah Lisko to stop the bleeding, and escaped the inning only short three.

After a 52 minute weather delay and epic dance battle in the bottom of the second, the score was 3-1 in favor of the Mavericks. Back-and-forth scoring would continue until the top of the sixth, when the score was tied 5-5. With the bases loaded, Fisher knocked in two RBI to put the Mavericks ahead for good.

Turning Point

  • Fisher slugged in two runs for Omaha in the top of the sixth to break a 5-5 tie that would secure the Maverick win.

Inside The Box Score

  • Omaha outhit South Dakota by a margin of 17-9.
  • All-Summit First Team selection Jessica Rogers led the Coyotes with three RBI.
  • All-Summit Second Team selection Alyssa Fernandez went 3-for-4 in her first #SummitSB tournament appearance for the 'Yotes.
  • Emma Dargy hit her sixth home run of the season for the Mavericks

News and Notes

  • Omaha advances out of the first-round for the first time since 2016, when they were the No. 2 seed and defeated No. 6 IUPUI by a score of 6 – 1 in the second-round.
  • Omaha lost all three regular season contests, with South Dakota scoring 11 runs in each matchup. In all, the Mavericks were outscored by a 33 – 16 margin.
  • Sydney Hampton picks up the win for Omaha, improving her record to 11-12.
  • Sarah Lisko receives the loss for the 'Yotes, moving to 5-11 on the season.

Up Next

Omaha advances to face No. 1 North Dakota State Thursday at noon CT in a four-team, double-elimination tournament.


The Basics

Score: No. 3 Western Illinois 3, No. 6 Fort Wayne 9

Records: Western Illinois (17-31), Fort Wayne (19-33)

Location: Ellig Sports Complex – Fargo, N.D.

FARGO, N.D. – In the first round of the #SummitSB championship, No. 6 Fort Wayne upset No. 3 Western Illinois at Ellig Sports Complex by a score of 9 – 3. The Mastodons advance to face No. 2 South Dakota State Thursday at 2:30 pm CT.

Fort Wayne's last appearance in the #SummitSB championship tournament was in 2015. The Mastodon's last win came in 2014, a 9-8 second-round win over South Dakota.

All-Summit League Second Team honoree Maria Palmegiani got the scoring going for the Mastodons in the top of the second, homering to left center field. Western Illinois First Team selection Sydney Hollings came right back, clobbering a homer of her own to even the score in the bottom of the second.

The Mastodons created separation in the fourth, recording four runs to take a 5-3 lead. Stephanie Hanic doubled to right center, sending three of her teammates home. Not taking the foot off the pedal, Fort Wayne added four more insurance runs in the seventh to claim victory.

Turning Point

  • The Mastodons tallied four runs in the fifth to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Inside The Box Score

  • Fort Wayne outhit Western Illinois by a margin of 11-6.
  • All-Summit Second Team selection Maria Palmegiani went 4-5, recorded two RBI and hit a homer for Fort Wayne
  • Freshman Stephanie Hanic lead the Mastodons with three RBI
  • Jasmine Lara went 2-for-3 for the Fighting Leathernecks.

News and Notes

  • Fort Wayne made its first appearance in the championship since 2015. The Mastodons won their last tournament game in 2014, a second-round victory against No. 3 seed South Dakota (9-8).
  • Western Illinois swept the regular season series, 5-0, 10-9 and 7-3. In all, the Leathernecks outscored the Mastodons by a margin of 22-12.
  • The last time a No. 6 seed won a game in the tournament was in 2016, when No. 6 IUPUI defeated No. 3 Western Illinois, 3-2.
  • Emily Ira earned the loss for WIU, moving to 9-12 on the season.
  • All-Summit League Second Team honoree Bailey Benefiel earned the win for the Mastodons, improving to 12-13 on the year.

Up Next

Fort Wayne advances to face No. 2 South Dakota State Thursday at 2:30 CT in a four-team, double-elimination tournament.


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