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Best softball season in South Dakota State history ends in NCAA regionals

A strong start turned into a disappointing finish for the South Dakota State University softball team.

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South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- A strong start turned into a disappointing finish for the South Dakota State University softball team.

One day after routing Stanford 7-1, the Jackrabbits dropped a 4-0 contest to No. 6 Arkansas and a 2-1 10-inning loss to the Cardinal to fall in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship’s Fayetteville Regional.

South Dakota State scored first on an RBI single by Jocelyn Carrillo in the third inning, but Stanford tied the game in the fourth. The Jackrabbits could not convert a double play on a pop-up bunt in the top of the 10th and a two-out walk set up an RBI single by Eleni Spriakis.

Cylie Halvorson had a two-out double in the bottom of the 10th by Kelsey Lenox grounded to second base to end the game.

SDSU entered the game 8-0 in one-run games and 2-0 in extra innings, while it was the first time all season the Jackrabbits lost back-to-back games.

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The Summit League champions finished with a 43-8 record, tying a school record for wins in a season, originally set in 1996.

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