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May 09, 2018 10:35 PM

Jackrabbits Eager To Continue Historic Season At Conference Tournament

Brookings, SD

The South Dakota State softball team's preparing for its first game at the Summit League Tournament after earning a first-round bye. However, this year's been much different for the Jackrabbits.

South Dakota State enters the Summit League Tournament as the two-seed, earning its highest, tournament seed-position ever.

"It's a huge accomplishment for our team and for our program. I think we're all very proud of our accomplishments that we've done this year and I hope that we carry it into this conference tournament," senior catcher Brittney Morse said. 

"It proves all their hard work, dedication, their drive, their willingness to win so it just puts us again in a good situation and a good spot, getting that one or two seed so we can get that bye," head coach Krista Wood said.

SDSU's already rewriting the record books with its 32-14 overall record, which is a program best since moving Division I. It's also the fourth time in team history the Jackrabbits have notched 30-wins.

"Everybody's buying into what coaches are saying and buying into like each other like if the first person in the lineup doesn't get it done, the next person does and kind of just staying consistent and everyone just you know having a great attitude and working together as a team," senior infielder Abbey Murphy said.

The Jackrabbits last 30-win season came in 2005, that's also the last time SDSU has had an overall winning record. The 32 wins this season is a 13 win increase from last season when the Jacks were 19-35 and just 4-12 in the Summit League. 

"We always say,'Believe in the process. Stick with it. Good things will happen.' and it's great now  to see finally you know the reward of you know more wins than losses in that column," Wood said. 

At 10-4 in the conference this season and after winning all but one conference series, the Jacks are eager to keep their season alive.

"I think that if we go out and we play our game I think it doesn't matter who we're playing as long as we play the way we know we can play," Murphy said. 

SDSU plays Fort Wayne 2:30 Thursday, with the Summit League Championship game set for Saturday afternoon.
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