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Jacks Baseball faces unfamiliar territory

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Alright Scott Nagy, step to the side... Aaron Johnston hop in the back seat for a while... it's time to let the boys on the diamond get a taste of the bright lights.

For years now, the South Dakota State basketball teams have made it a routine to cutting down the nets after the Summit League Championship and gathering inside a local sports bar to see who they would play in the NCAA tournament.

"It's a great family here and winning is contagious and it carries throughout all the programs," says SDSU Head Coach Dave Schrage.

Contagious it must be... a winning disease that started with the women's basketball program in 2009 and then affected the men's basketball team in 2012 is starting to fester inside the baseball team.

"We watch the basketball teams and we go to all their games and we check out the success they have, how the school responds to their success," says outfielder Dan Telford.

After coming from behind to win the Summit League tournament, the baseball team finds themselves in their first ever NCAA regional.

"I think it's great for the program. We have worked hard everyday, and it's big to have something to show for it," says Telford.

But not unlike the basketball teams, the Jacks baseball squad is considered to be a big underdog on the national stage... but hey, they play the games for a reason.

"Baseball is a weird sport, anyone can win on any day, and we stand as good a chance as anyone," says pitcher Layne Somsen.

SDSU faces the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Oregon at 8 p.m. on May 31st.

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