NBA Finals and USMNT on TV tonight for the second Tuesday in a row. Good stuff. You can also check out my debut on the new Midco Sports Net show “Benchwarmers.” Now, the bits:
Former SDSU pitcher Layne Somsen, a 22nd round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the recent MLB Draft, has his first assignment - he joined the Billings Mustangs on Monday. The Rookie club opens the season at home Thursday against Great Falls.
A Yankton High grad, Somsen said he’ll come out of the bullpen for now. He made 13 starts and two relief appearances as a fifth-year senior, most notably earning a save in the Summit League championship game.
Meanwhile, another starting arm on the Jacks’ NCAA tournament team, Stephen Bougher, has had two pro tryouts in the last few days - first with the Lincoln Saltdogs and then with the Evansville Otters, according to SDSU coach Dave Schrage.
Bougher went 8-2 with a 2.86 ERA and five complete games this spring.
Two members of the SDSU men’s basketball team underwent knee surgeries last week: true freshman guard Skyler Flatten and redshirt freshman guard Matt Donlan.
Jacks coach Scott Nagy said that Flatten had a procedure to repair an issue that caused him pain during much of the high school season, when it was thought to be tendonitis. He’s likely to be ready to play by the start of school.
Donlan may be out until the start of official practices in October - and that’s an improvement from the initial timeline of 4-6 months.
"He doesn’t even know when it happened," Nagy said. "His knee just started hurting."
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