College Softball

SD Natives Burns, Lindner & Gophers Bow Out Of College World Series

Minnesota Falls To Washington 5-3

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  —  Remarkable freshman years for South Dakota natives Ali Lindner and Emma Burns with the Minnesota Golden Gopher softball team came to an end on Saturday in the College World Series when the Gophers fell to Washington 5-3 in an elimination game. The two each started for a second straight game and batted back-to-back in the Gopher…

Pair Of South Dakota Natives Starting For Golden Gophers In College World Series

Freshman Ali Lindner & Emma Burns Play Key Rolls For Minnesota

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  —  While most of South Dakota’s softball focus was on Augustana winning the Division Two College World Series, a pair of natives where helping the University of Minnesota reach the Division One World Series. This time last year Harrisburg alum Ali Lindner and Rapid City Stevens alum Emma Burns were beginning their summer softball tournament circuit.  Now…

National Championship Surreal For Augustana After Month-Long Road Odyssey

Vikings Won 17 of 20 On The Road Over The Last Month To Claim Title

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  After spending most of the last month on the road, the NCAA Division Two National Champion Augustana softball team has their feet firmly planted on the ground back home in Sioux Falls. Which is a little bit strange. The last time the Vikings played a game in Sioux Falls was on April 24th!  Between the end…

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! Augustana Softball Rallies Past Kingsville Twice To Claim Title!

Vikings Claim Second National Title In Program History With

DENVER, CO  —  The Augustana Viking softball team are the 2019 NCAA Division Two National Champions after a remarkable Memorial Day of comeback victories. With their backs to the wall in the best-of-three National Championship Series after last night’s 7-2 loss in game one, Augustana rallied from 3-2 down in game two to beat Texas A&M-Kingsville 6-4 and force a…

Augustana Rallies Past Kingsville To Force Decisive National Championship Game

Vikings Take Game Two 6-4

DENVER, CO  —  For the second time this postseason the Augustana softball team stared down elimination and won. If they do so again they’ll be NCAA Division Two National Champions. Following last night’s 7-2 loss in the Championship Series first game, the Vikings rallied from one run down to defeat Texas A&M-Kingsville 6-4 in game two to force a decisive…

Kingsville’s Six-Run Sixth Inning Sinks Augustana In Opener Of National Championship Series

Vikings Will Have To Win Twice On Memorial Day To Claim National Title After 7-2 Defeat

DENVER, CO. —  The Augustana softball team will need to win twice on Memorial Day to make their National Championship dream come true. In a game that was delayed nearly five hours by lightning and severe weather in the Denver area, Texas A&M-Kingsville’s six-run sixth inning proved to be the difference in Game One of the NCAA Division Two National…

Augustana Ready For Exciting National Championship Rematch With Texas A&M-Kingsville

Vikings lost to Javelinas 3-2 in February

DENVER, CO  —  Through all their successes, the Augustana softball team has maintained that anything less than a national championship wouldn’t satisfy them. Now they’re two wins away from that goal. With last night’s 6-0 victory over Young Harris, Augie advanced to the Division Two National Championship series.  The Vikings have been unbeaten and largely unchallenged through three victories. Now they’ll…

Augustana Shuts Down Young Harris To Advance To National Championship

Vikings Win Semifinal 6-0

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  The Augustana Vikings softball team will play for the NCAA Division Two National Championship. The Vikings defeated Young Harris 6-0 in the National Semifinal on Saturday night in Denver to advance to the best-of-three championship series.  The Vikings (59-10) will face Texas A&M-Kingsville in the first game tomorrow at 6 PM CDT. Shannon Petersen got Augie…

Augustana Tops West Florida At College Softball World Series

Vikings One Win From National Championship Series After 4-2 Victory

  DENVER, Colo. —  It’s the same formula that has worked well all season – hit home runs and pitch outstanding. On Friday, the Augustana softball team stuck to their routine, jumped out to an early lead and didn’t look back for a 4-2 win over West Florida. The Vikings (58-10) advance to the DII national semifinals where they will…

Augie Softball Right at Home on the Road

Augie Softball Right at Home on the Road

  SIOUX FALLS, SD… Tonight will be only the third time Augustana faced a non-conference opponent since late March. Yes, familiarity breeds content. But, for the Vikings new faces means a simplified game plan. Maggie Kadrlik, Augie Senior says: “I think as a team as whole, we do a lot better. When we know so much about an opponent and…

Kadrlik’s 6 RBI’s Lead Augie Past Central Oklahoma in Game One of Super Regional

Kadrlik's 6 RBI's Lead Augie Past Central Oklahoma in Game One of Super Regional

EDMOND, OK… The Augustana softball team brought the offense to Edmond, Thursday in game one of the best of 3 Super Regional Series, with the winner advancing to the College World Series. Maggie Kadrlik was the start of the day. She had told KDLT Sports that the way the team responded in Winona at the Central Region gave them plenty…

Persistence Pays Off For Central Region Softball Champion Augustana

Vikings Two Wins Away From College World Series

WINONA, MN  — The Augustana softball team is back in Sioux Falls after a memorable and dramatic weekend of their own in Winona. Augie won the Central Region Championship, beating host Winona State twice in three games to advance to the Super Regional.  It didn’t come easy in yesterday’s championship, with the Warriors rallying for a 2-1 walkoff win to…

Coyotes Can’t Crack Bison In Summit League Softball Tournament Championship

USD Loses 6-0 & 3-1

FARGO, N.D.—With senior Summit Player of the Year KK Leddy roughed up by South Dakota Friday, North Dakota State coach Darren Mueller handed the ball to freshman pitcher Paige Vargas and she delivered. Twice.   Vargas, with solid defense behind her, limited the Coyotes to one run in 14 innings of work in leading North Dakota State to its sixth…

Augustana Wins Central Region Softball Championship

Vikings Upend Winona State 3-2 To Advance To Super Regional

WINONA, MN  —  The Winona State softball team was better than Augustana for most of the regular season. The Vikings were better when it matter most. One week after beating them for the NSIC Tournament title, Augustana defeated Winona State in Winona to claim the Central Region Softball Championship on Saturday afternoon, advancing to the NCAA Division Two Super Regional….

Augie Rallies to Beat Missouri Western at Central Region Softball

Augie Rallies to Beat Missouri Western at Central Region Softball

WINONA, Minn. — The Augustana softball team opened up the NCAA central region tournament with some late-game excitement on Thursday, defeating Missouri Western 8-7 in walk-off fashion. Tied at 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh, Senior Shannon Petersen hit a sac-fly to right field, scoring Ashley Mickschl for the game-winning run. Augustana improves to 52-9 on the year and sees head coach Gretta Melsted collect her…

SUMMIT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT-Coyotes Cruise By Fort Wayne

USD Wins Tournament Opener 5-1

FARGO, N.D.—Alyssa Fernandez and Jessica Rogers both went deep and pitcher Dustie Durham took a shutout into the final inning of South Dakota’s 5-1 win against Purdue Fort Wayne Thursday at the Summit League Tournament hosted by North Dakota State.   The second-seeded Coyotes (32-24) advance in the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament to face top-seeded North Dakota State…

SUMMIT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT-Late Surge Not Enough For SDSU In Loss To NDSU

Jacks Fall 6-3

FARGO, N.D. — No. 4 seed South Dakota State mounted a late inning rally, but dropped a 6-3 affair to top-seeded North Dakota State Thursday in the 2019 Summit League Softball Championships. Kendra Conard (16-4) started and threw four innings, allowing five runs with seven hits, two walks and a pair of strikeouts. Taylor Compton tossed the final two innings…

Augie Also Has Strong Pitching Heading to Central Region

Augie Also Has Strong Pitching Heading to Central Region

SIOUX FALLS, SD… The Augustana softball team has won 51 of 60 games as they head to Winona for the Central Region Tournament starting Thursday. The Vikings were 3rd in the country with a .357 team batting average and they were 9th in home runs. They have always had a potent offense, but this team takes plenty of confidence to…

USD, SDSU Split Wild Softball Doubleheader

USD, SDSU Split Wild Softball Doubleheader

BROOKINGS, S.D.—Immediately following a crushing 6-5 loss to its rival in the series opener, South Dakota got clutch performances from senior leaders Jessica Rogers and Dustie Durham in an 11-2 win at South Dakota State in the nightcap. That win locks up the No. 2 seed in the Summit League Tournament for South Dakota (31-23, 12-5 Summit). The Coyotes avoid…

Augie Softball Sweeps Doubleheader Behind Kadrlik, Petersen

Augie Softball Sweeps Doubleheader Behind Kadrlik, Petersen

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — With one final ground out and a series sweep secured the No. 11 Augustana softball team put the finishing touches on 10-day, 12-game homestand. The Vikings won game one over the University of Sioux Falls 12-4, and scored a pair of runs late for a 4-2 win in game two. Augustana has won six straight games and…