SDSU softball team pushes winning streak to 10

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MACOMB, Ill. – The South Dakota State softball team extended its winning streak to 10 with a four-game sweep of Western Illinois in Summit League action over the weekend at Mary Ellen McKee Stadium.

The Jackrabbits (23-4, 8-0) play a nonconference doubleheader at Creighton on Wednesday at 3 p.m. They are then host to Omaha, playing noon twinbills both Saturday and Sunday at Jackrabbit Softball Stadium.

Notes: The Jacks hit 13 home runs and batted .356 as a team in the series. … Lindsey Culver went 9-for-13 – with a slugging percentage of 2.231 – while totaling five homers, seven RBIs and eight runs scored. She hit four bombs Friday. … Tori Kniesche (11-1) and Grace Glanzer (10-2) both went 2-0 – the former tossing two shutouts – with a pair of complete games in the circle. Kniesche has a 1.54 ERA in 12 appearances (68 innings) and Glanzer has a 2.66 ERA in 15 appearances (87 innings). … Emma Osmundson is batting .485 (33-of-68) this season. … Cylie Halvorson has 10 home runs on the year.

Saturday

Game 1

 SDSU 3, WIU 2

Jocelyn Carrillo belted a solo homer for the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh as the Jackrabbits rallied for a victory.

Lindsey Culver led off the seventh with a triple and scampered home on a wild pitch to knot things up at 2-all.

Carrillo followed with the round-tripper to right-center field.

Grace Glanzer allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts in a complete-game effort – her 12th of the season.

Peyton Daugherty, who finished 2-for-4, had an RBI triple in the fifth frame.

Cylie Halvorson finished 2-for-3.

WIU’s Sydney Hollings had a solo home run in the second and a sacrifice fly in the sixth, which put the hosts ahead 2-1. Abby Carlin surrendered three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and a walk over seven innings.

Game 2

 SDSU 7, WIU 0

Tori Kniesche tossed a one-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and a walk and the Jackrabbits belted four home runs.

It marked Kniesche’s second shutout and fifth complete-game outing in 2021.

Six of SDSU’s 10 hits went for extra bases.

Cheyanne Masterson, Emma Osmundson and Cylie Halvorson notched solo homers in the third.

Lindsey Culver, who ended up 3-for-4, stroked a two-RBI triple in the sixth.

Peyton Daugherty scored on an error in the seventh. Halvorson drove in her second run with a single to provide for the final margin.

Osmundson and Halvorson both finished 2-for-4.

Kniesche surrendered just a leadoff single and one-out walk in the third. She retired 21 of the 23 batters she faced.

Friday

Game 1

 SDSU 12, WIU 3 (5 inn.)

Lindsey Culver belted two homers and the Jackrabbits – who tied a Division I-era school record with five bombs – rallied from a 3-0 deficit with five runs in the second, six in the third and one in the fourth.

SDSU logged 13 hits, seven of which went for extra bases.

Culver scored three times.

Jocelyn Carrillo had a two-RBI triple in the second. Peyton Daugherty drove her in with a single.

Emma Osmundson blasted a two-run homer to make it 5-3.

Culver’s first bomb came in the third. Allison Beaudry also homered.

Daugherty picked up her second RBI with a single.

Cylie Halvorson’s hit went over the fence for three RBIs to cap the big third frame.

Culver tacked on an inside-the-park home run in the fourth to wrap up the scoring.

Osmundson ended up 3-for-4 and Halvorson and Daugherty were both 2-for-4.

Grace Glanzer allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks over five innings.

WIU’s Savannah Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the opening frame.

Game 2

 SDSU 7, WIU 0

Tori Kniesche pitched a two-hit shutout and Lindsey Culver went deep twice for the Jackrabbits.

Seven of SDSU’s 12 hits went for extra bases.

Kniesche struck out 12 and walked three for her first collegiate shutout.

Culver was 3-for-4 with a trio of RBIs and three runs scored, adding a double. She got things going with a two-run bomb in the second.

Cylie Halvorson’s two-run single made it 4-0 at the end of two.

Kelsey Lenox homered in the fifth. Jocelyn Carrillo added an RBI double, pushing the margin to 6-0.

Culver logged another homer in the seventh.

Carrillo and Emma Osmundson both went 2-for-3 and Halvorson was 2-for-4.

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