FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State eliminated South Dakota State from the Summit League Softball Championship with a 5-0 victory Friday afternoon at Tharaldson Park at Ellig Sports Complex.
Earlier, South Dakota blitzed NDSU 10-1 in five innings in a winner’s bracket game.
The second-seeded Coyotes (33-24) and top-seeded Bison (40-14) play in the final today at 1 p.m. USD needs one win to take the title, while NDSU needs two. A second championship game would be played at 3:30 p.m., if necessary.
Fourth-seeded South Dakota State fell to 36-17.
Per SDSU Sports Information, the Jackrabbits applied for the 2019 National Invitational Softball Championship, which announces its field Sunday evening after the NCAA selection show
Notes: SDSU is 5-12 in seven Summit League tournament appearances – 0-2 in 2010 and 2014, 1-2 in 2015, 0-1 in 2016 and 2017, and 2-2 in 2018 and 2019.
• NDSU 5, SDSU 0
Paige Vargas tossed a six-hit shutout, striking out five and walking one, as the Bison topped the Jackrabbits.
Maddie Hansen hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.
In the fifth, Katie Shoultz had an RBI single. Vanessa Anderson tacked on a two-run hit and NDSU took advantage of an error on the play to score another to push the margin to 5-0.
Stephanie Soriano and Sam Koehn both finished 2-for-3.
Six different Jackrabbits collected a hit as Caelyn Christiancy doubled and Peyton Daugherty, Julia Andersen, Mallory McQuistan, Yanney Ponce and Baily Janssen each singled.
Kendra Conard (17-5) took the loss after allowing five runs – four earned – on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout in seven innings.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE 5, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 0
NDSU 000 140 0 – 5 8 0
SDSU 000 000 0 – 0 6 2
Paige Vargas and Maddie Hansen; Kendra Conard and Mallory McQuistan. W – Vargas (15-4). L – Conard (17-5). 2B: NDSU, Sam Koehn; SDSU, Caelyn Christiancy. HR: NDSU, Hansen.
• USD 10, NDSU 1 (5 inn.)
Alexis Devers tossed a two-hitter and Dustie Durham and Jessica Rogers provided plenty of offense as the Coyotes blasted the Bison in the winner’s bracket matchup.
Devers struck out three batters and walked three.
Durham went 3-for-3 with five RBIs, including a two-run single in the opening inning.
Rogers blasted a three-run homer later in the first to make it 5-0.
USD added four runs in the third to go up 9-0.
NDSU’s Vanessa Anderson had an RBI double in the bottom of the third.
KK Leddy took the loss after giving up 10 runs on 11 hits and two walks with one strikeout in five innings.