SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The 2020 Summit League softball season will officially get underway on Friday with all seven league members in action in different tournaments across the country.
Around The League
• Six-time defending Summit League Tournament Champion North Dakota State was picked by the league's seven head coaches as the preseason favorite
• South Dakota, who finished second in the regular season last year, was picked to finish second this season. South Dakota State, North Dakota, Western Illionis, Purdue Fort Wayne and Omaha round out the preseason poll
• In North Dakota's debut in The Summit League last season, the Fighting Hawks finished fifth overall with a league mark of 7-11 and an overall record of 22-34. UND brings back all-leaguer Jailene Carpio from the second team as the junior posted a .350 batting average, which was the fourth-highest average among league players last season
• South Dakota's Lauren Eamiguel enters the 2020 season as the league's top returning hitter. Last season, she posted the third best batting average at .362 and drove in 27 runs
• A season ago, North Dakota State posted the top team ERA of 2.57. League leader KK Leddy graduated but the Bison return Paige Vargas, who owned the league's fifth-best ERA at 3.01. Last season, Vargas compiled a 17-5 record with 111 strikeouts in 146.1 innings of work during 28 appearances
Where's Your Squad
North Dakota // Feb. 7-9 // 5 games
H-E-B Classic // San Antonio, Texas
North Dakota State // Feb. 7-9 // 5 games
South Carolina Gamecock Invite // Columbia, S.C.
Omaha // Feb. 7-9 // 5 games
Rambler Rumble // Rosemont, Ill.
Purdue Fort Wayne // Feb. 7-9 // 5 games
Phyllis Rafter Memorial // Kennesaw, Ga.
South Dakota // Feb. 7-9 // 5 games
Doc Halverson Tournament // Cedar Falls, Iowa
South Dakota State // Feb. 7-9 // 4 games
Doc Halverson/UNI Dome Tournament //Cedar Falls, Iowa