South Dakota State University Athletics

04/07/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/07/2019 19:28

Jacks fall to WIU in opener

SIOUX FALLS -- The Jackrabbit softball team was dealt a 7-2 setback Sunday afternoon in Sioux Falls, dropping its series opener against Western Illinois at Bowden Field.

started and threw into the fifth, striking out four with a pair of runs allowed. (6-4) pitched 2.1 innings of relief in the loss, allowing five runs on three hits with three strikeouts. finished the seventh for SDSU and notched the final out of the inning.

and tallied multi-hit games for the Jacks, while (double) and (double) each drove in a run.

SDSU struck first behind an RBI double from Andersen in the opening frame, as the school's career record holder in two-baggers brought Daugherty home from third after the leadoff hitter was hit by a pitch.

The Jacks pushed their lead to 2-0 in the second when Mullen ripped a two-out double off the left-field fence, plating pinch-runner from second after McQuistan and Janssen notched singles earlier in the frame.

WIU threatened throughout the game, putting runners in the first three innings, but SDSU's defense held firm until the top of the fifth, when an RBI single and sacrifice fly helped the Leathernecks draw even, 2-2.

That score held until the top of the seventh, when Western Illinois put together a big inning to go up 7-2 on the Jacks off a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and a grand slam.

SDSU opened the final inning with consecutive singles from McQuistan and Rushing, but the comeback fell short in game one of a three-game set.

Game Notes

  • recorded her 40th career double, extending her lead for the school's record
  • finished one strikeout shy of her season-high (five)
  • South Dakota State is now 11-25 all-time against Western Illinois.

Up Next
South Dakota State and Western Illinois wrap up their series Monday with a doubleheader at noon. Location for Monday's action will be determined Sunday evening or early Monday, and announced on Twitter (@GoJacksSB) and