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There are 16 left in the WNIT after a batch of Monday night games. Round 3 is Wed.-Fri.
The highest-ranked team in the field based on RPI, No. 30 Southern Miss, bowed out Monday in a double-overtime loss at Mississippi State. MSU has a regional tie – all-SEC center Martha Alwai is from Worthington, Minn., same as SDSU guard Gabby Boever.
Also of note:
* There are four Big Ten teams left. Two face off with Indiana hosting Northwestern. There’s also an all-SEC meeting with Mississippi State hosting Auburn. The Pac-12 as two reps in Washington and Colorado.
* The RPI range of the remaining field: 32-138. That’s Bowling Green State on top and Seton Hall at the bottom.
* Home teams are 40-8 through two rounds.
* Minnesota at SDSU on Thursday is the best game in terms of RPI, the only matchup of top 50 teams. The Gophers are 46th and the Jacks 49th.
The Old Dominion club that eliminated SDSU from the College Basketball Invitational clobbered Radford 82-59 on Monday night to reach the semifinals. The others in the group: Siena, Illinois State and Fresno State.
The SDSU baseball team (11-11) starts Summit League play this week, visiting Western Illinois (2-15) in a Friday doubleheader than taking on Omaha (10-9) for two on Sunday.
The latter figures to be especially important; the Mavericks are the defending regular-season champs and the Jacks are the defending conference tourney champs. At the moment, they lead the Summit in wins, too.
SDSU coach Dave Schrage said the non-conference slate has prepared the Jacks for just about anything. And he continues to feel good about the pitching and defense.
Still, injuries have started to surface. Third baseman/DH Jordan Varga will play through a shoulder issue, while senior pitcher Kolton Emery may miss time as the No. 4 starter. If he does, Joe Erickson or Marcus Heemstra – back from basketball – could fill in.
Former SDSU pitcher Blake Treinen on Monday was cut from Washington Nationals spring training and sent to minor-league camp. That’s despite making a serious run at making the opening-day roster in the bullpen. The righty worked 9.2 innings over six appearances, allowing five earned runs, walking three and striking out nine.
Treinen finished last season with Double-A Harrisburg. The Nats’ Triple-A club is the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League.
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