SIOUX FALLS, SD (KWSN) -- South Dakota State scored five times in the top of the second inning, staving off elimination from the Summit League Baseball Championship with a 6-3 victory over Fort Wayne on Friday in the first of 3 games at the Summit League baseball tournament.
In game two of the day, NDSU wasted no time in getting Western Illinois down as the Bison plated 3 runs on three hits in the bottom of the 4th en route to a 6-1 win over the Leathernecks. NDSU, the tournament's #4 seed, will now go into Saturday's championsip unblemished.
The top-seeded Jackrabbits were not as fortunate in their second elimination game, falling to Western Illinois 5-2. SDSU cruised through the 7th with a 2-1 lead behind a strong pitching performance from Chris Anderson, who allowed just one run while scattering six hits through 5.2 innings, however the Leatherneck bats came alive in the bottom of the 8th with 4 runs (3 earned) on four hits and 2 SDSU errors. SDSU was unable to rally in the top of the 9th, as the Jacks were sent down 1-2-3.
With those results in the books the NDSU Bison and WIU Leathernecks will decide the Summit League tournament champion on Saturday. Game 1 is set for 1PM, if NDSU wins they would eliminate WIU and earn the Summit League's automatic birth in the NCAA tournament. A WIU win would force a second "winner take all" game at 4:30.