ELMHURST, Ill. – For the first time in 22 years, the South Dakota State softball team is headed to postseason play. The Jackrabbits earned the #SummitSB automatic bid to the 2018 National Invitational Softball Championship after finishing second in both the regular season and postseason tournament.
South Dakota State will face Colorado State Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT as part of a four-team double-elimination regional May 16-18 in Greeley, Colo. Host Northern Colorado and Loyola Marymount will battle Wednesday night at 7 p.m. CT.
The losers of the first-round will compete in an elimination game at 1 p.m. CT Thursday, with the winners advancing to the Thursday semi at 4 p.m. CT.
The regional champion will head to the final double-elimination round of the NISC to be played at a site TBD May 23-26.
In its second year, the NISC features 17 teams that will compete at four first-round regional sites (Greeley, Colo., Las Vegas, Nev., Richmond, Ky., Conway Ark.). Operated by Triple Crown Sports in association with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the tournament features eight teams that won 30-or-more contests in the 2018 season.
The Jacks are 0-2 against Colorado State, with the last meeting coming in 2010 in Fort Collins, Colo. Fresh off its best regular season record (34-16) in history, South Dakota State ranks eighth nationally with a .322 average, with 87 doubles, 11 triples and 47 home runs.
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