SUU Strategic Communications

SUU Looking to Keep Pace in The Summit League

April 17, 2012
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University softball will host South Dakota State this weekend in a three-game conference series as the Thunderbirds look to climb the Summit League standings. SUU is currently in fourth place in the league with a record of 11-7, but have the chance to move to as high as second with a sweep of the Jackrabbits.

Southern Utah has won each of its conference series at home this season, including a series sweep of Oakland to begin its Summit League slate. The T-Birds have also posted series victories over South Dakota and UMKC at home this season. Conversely, South Dakota State have only won a single conference series this year, capturing two of three against South Dakota at home in Brookings.

The Thunderbird offense continues to lead the Summit League in batting average with a league-best .308 clip at the plate. SUU also boasts the top individual batter with Mikkel Griffin tops in the conference with a .429 average. Terysa Dyer (.375) and Tessa Loewen (.338) also appear in the league’s top ten at No. 5 and No. 9, respectively.

Not to be outdone, the Southern Utah pitching staff has made its own headlines lately with Danielle Axe throwing a no-hitter against IPFW last weekend. As a group, SUU carries an ERA of 3.62 with Heather Black leading the way with a 2.70 ERA and a team-best 113 strikeouts.

Southern Utah and South Dakota State will begin the three-game series this weekend with a doubleheader on Friday, beginning at Noon. The teams will wrap up the weekend with the series finale on Saturday with the first pitch scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Fans can follow each of the games via live stat links that are anticipated to be available online at The game on Saturday will also be available on the radio, FM 91.1 or at

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