SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 11, COLORADO STATE 1 (5)
GREELEY, CO – South Dakota State jumped ahead with five runs in the first inning, then padded the lead with three more in the fourth in what became a stress-free run-rule victory over Colorado State.
The Jackrabbits will face Loyola Marymount or Northern Colorado in the next round.
Madison Hope was tough in the circle for South Dakota State, allowing four hits without a walk. Brittney Morse had two hits and drove in three runs; Ali Herdliska added two hits and two RBI, and Abbey Murphy had three hits and scored three runs.
CSU needed to score three runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend the game and did get a two-out double from Tara Shadowen, followed by a triple from Sarah Muzik. But a groundout sealed the deal for the Jackrabbits.