The Jackrabbit softball team will head to the 2018 Summit League Softball Championships with a first-round bye after earning the No. 2 seed in next week's tournament, held May 9-12 in Fargo, North Dakota. South Dakota State will face either No. 3 seed Western Illinois or No. 6 seed Fort Wayne Thursday at 2:30 p.m. from Ellig Sports Complex.
SDSU (32-14, 10-4 Summit League) compiled its best record in the program's Division I era and reached the 30-win mark for fourth time in team history. SDSU won four of its five Summit League series' this year with a split in a weather-shortened set against North Dakota State.
The Jacks are 1-5 all-time in the Summit League Championships and are making their fifth appearance since joining the league in 2008. Krista Wood
has led the team to the tournament in all four years of her tenure as head coach.
The Fighting Leathernecks and Mastodons will play Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to determine who advances to face SDSU. No. 4 seed South Dakota and No. 5 seed Omaha meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, with the winner scheduled to play league-champion North Dakota State on Thursday at Noon.
The losers of Thursday's quarterfinal bouts will square off in an elimination game at 5:30 p.m. that evening, with the winners advancing to a Friday semifinal at 1 p.m.
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