No. 1 North Dakota State, No. 2 South Dakota State, No. 5 Omaha Survive and Advance in #SummitSB

The Basics

Score: No. 1 North Dakota State 9, No. 5 Omaha 0

Records: North Dakota State (31-17), Omaha (19-30)

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

FARGO, N.D. – On day two of The Summit League Softball Championship, No. 1 North Dakota State blanked No. 5 Omaha in five innings at Ellig Sports Complex. The Bison dominated the Mavericks from start to finish, recording nine runs on nine hits. NDSU advances to the semifinals Friday morning, while UNO will play an elimination game Thursday night to try to extend its championship hopes.

The Bison got the scoring started from the very first pitch -- All-Summit League First Team selection Zoe Stavrou clobbered a home run on the first at bat for North Dakota State. Hot bats would continue for NDSU, scoring three runs on four hits in the bottom of the first.

Pitcher of the Year Jacquelyn Sertic worked her magic for the yellow and green, striking out nine Mavericks. Sydney Hampton started the game for the red and black, but was quickly relieved by Laura Roecker. Roecker collected four K's, but gave up five runs in the bottom of the fourth and the deficit proved to be insurmountable.

Stavrou led the Bison going 2-for-3 with a home run, double and two RBI. Freshman of the Year Aubrey Hacke guided the Mavericks with three base hits on three attempts.

Turning Point

  • In the bottom of the fourth, Stavrou doubled to right center, scoring Katie Shoultz. The Bison would add five runs and create a lead that the Mavericks could not overcome.

Inside The Box Score

  • Stavrou led the Bison going 2-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBI.
  • NDSU's Stephanie Soriano also went 2-for-3, while adding two RBI.
  • Freshman of the Year Aubrey Hacke led the Mavericks offensively, going 3-for-3.
  • Senior Tabby Heinz hit her second home run of the year for the Bison.

News and Notes

  • North Dakota State is looking for its ninth tournament title. The Bison have won the past four in-a-row.
  • NDSU won the first matchup with UNO this year, 6-1. The Mavericks then bounced back in the doubleheader, defeating the Bison 2-1. The last game in the series was canceled due to weather.
  • Jacquelyn Sertic collects the win and moves her record to an impressive 23-9.
  • Sydney Hampton falls to 11-13.
  • Omaha will face the loser of Game Four (South Dakota State vs. Fort Wayne) Thursday night at 5:00 CT.

Up Next

North Dakota State advances to the semifinal Friday at 1:00 CT. Omaha will face the loser of No. 2 South Dakota State vs. No 6 Fort Wayne Thursday night at 5:00 CT in a winner-take-all competition.


The Basics

Score: No. 2 South Dakota State 8, No. 6 Fort Wayne 0

Records: South Dakota State (33-14), Fort Wayne (18-34)

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

FARGO, N.D. – No. 2 South Dakota State won its first #SummitSB tournament game since 2015 when the team shutout No. 6 Fort Wayne 8-0 Thursday afternoon at Ellig Sports Complex. The Jackrabbits advance to face No. 1 North Dakota State in the semifinal Friday at 1:00 CT. Fort Wayne will play in an elimination game Thursday at 5:00 CT against No. 5 Omaha.

While neither team was able to get much going through the first innings, the bats came alive for South Dakota State in the bottom of the third. Junior Megan Rushing crushed a home run down the third base line, bringing home three teammates. In the fourth, All-League selection Julia Andersen tripled to bring home Abbey Murphy. Andersen then scored on a Ali Herdliska base hit to bring the Jackrabbit run total to five.

The Jackrabbits sealed the deal in the bottom of the sixth. Lyndsey Crist singled up the middle to bring home Herdliska and Andersen, and then Rushing scored Crist to run-rule the Mastodons.

Starting pitcher Madison Hope allowed only two Mastodon hits. Andersen lead South Dakota State, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and RBI.

Turning Point

  • In the bottom of the sixth, Crist tallied two RBI, extending the Jackrabbit lead and giving the blue and yellow enough momentum to quash Fort Wayne.

Inside The Box Score

  • All-Summit First Team honoree Andersen went 3-for-4 to lead SDSU. She finished with a double, triple and RBI.
  • Bailey Janssen hit 2-for-3 for South Dakota State.
  • Demitra Burns and Stephanie Hanic tallied the two hits for Fort Wayne.
  • SDSU outhit FW by a margin of 11-2.

News and Notes

  • South Dakota State hopes to claim its first-ever tournament title.
  • The Jackrabbits finished the 2018 regular season with its best league record in history (10-4). Consequently, the team secured its best seed for the tournament (No. 2).
  • Last year, the Jackrabbits fell in the first-round of the tournament to No. 3 Western Illinois, 12-8.
  • The last time the blue and yellow won a game in the #SummitSB tournament was in 2015, a 7-6 victory over No. 4 Western Illinois.
  • SDSU swept the regular season matchup in Fort Wayne (5-4, 10-3, 11-2). In all, the Jacks outscored the Mastodons by a margin of 26-9.
  • Madison Hope collects the win, improving to 20-6.
  • Shaina Eyre falls to 6-11.

Up Next

South Dakota State advances to the semifinal Friday at 1:00 CT and will face the top-seeded Bison. Fort Wayne plays again at 5:00 CT against No. 5 Omaha in a winner-take-all competition.


The Basics

Score: No. 5 Omaha 11, No. 6 Fort Wayne 1

Records: Omaha (20-30), Fort Wayne (19-35)

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

FARGO, N.D. – No. 5 Omaha smashed its way to the #SummitSB semifinal by crushing No. 6 Fort Wayne 11-1 Thursday night at Ellig Sports Complex. The Mavericks will face the loser of the morning semifinal, which features No. 1 North Dakota State and No. 2 South Dakota State.

A seven-run fourth inning proved to be the difference for the Mavericks, who outhit the Mastodons by a 12-4 margin. Kelly Pattison, Emma Dargy and Faith Romero all homered for the red and black. Pattison and Dargy each recorded three RBI, while Romero earned two.

Freshman of the Year Aubrey Hacke singled to right field in the bottom of the fourth to get the scoring going, sending teammate Jessica Nelson home. Pattison and Savannah Fisher then connected for base hits, driving in more runs for the home team. Romero put the icing on the cake with her two-run home run to give Omaha the 11-0 lead.

Hacke earned the win for the Mavericks, striking out one and allowing only four hits. She also went 2-for-3 and recorded one RBI.

Turning Point

  • In the bottom of the fourth, Omaha tacked on seven runs and pushed to an 11-0 lead that the Mastodons couldn't chip away at.

Inside The Box Score

  • Hacke, Pattison and Fisher all went 2-for-3 and recorded at least one RBI.
  • Dargy smashed her second home run of the tournament and batted 2-for-2 at the plate.
  • Lauren Watson hit 2-for-3 to pace the Mastodons.
  • Maria Palmegiani continued her strong tournament play, going 1-for-2 and knocking in the single run for Fort Wayne.
  • UNO outhit FW by a margin of 12-4. In its two games today, FW was outhit 23-6.
  • Fort Wayne left seven on base, compared to only two by Omaha.

News and Notes

  • Omaha hopes to claim its first-ever tournament title.
  • The best Maverick finish in the #SummitSB tournament was third in 2016.
  • Last year, Omaha fell in the first-round to South Dakota, 11-4. That loss was avenged this year with the Mavericks victory Wednesday afternoon against the Coyotes, 8-5.
  • Aubrey Hacke garnered the league's Freshman of the Year accolade, becoming the first Maverick to win the award since 2015.
  • Omaha and Fort Wayne battled in the final league matchup of the regular season. The Mavericks took the first two of the series (7-2, 9-5), before falling in the regular season finale, 5-8.
  • Hacke earns the win and improves to 6-8.
  • Bailey Benefiel falls to 12-14.

Up Next

Omaha advances to the semifinal Friday at 3:00 CT and will face the loser of the No. 1 North Dakota State vs. No. 2 South Dakota State matchup. That game will also be a winner-take-all competition.


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