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South Dakota State University
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Company Description: Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state's largest, most comprehensive institution. This fall SDSU topped its enrollment record for the eighth...   more
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South Dakota State University pitcher Layne Somsen was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 22nd round. He was the 675th player taken overall.
South Dakota State University - State Update, 27 July 2013 [cached]
South Dakota State University pitcher Layne Somsen was selected in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft Saturday afternoon by the Cincinnati Reds. A right-hander from Yankton, Somsen was the 675th player overall selected in the three-day draft.Read More...
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Fayetteville's Somsen Named 2012 Rawlings CPL Pitcher of the Year August 22, 2012 - Coastal Plain League (Coastal Plain)
The Coastal Plain League announced today that Layne Somsen (photo courtesy of Wanda West) of the Fayetteville SwampDogs has been named the 2012 Rawlings CPL Pitcher of the Year.
Somsen, a 6-0, 185-pound junior from South Dakota State went 5-0 with an impressive 1.29 ERA during the regular season. In seven starts the right-hander pitched 42 innings of work, surrendering just eight runs - six earned - on 18 hits. Meanwhile, he walked only 15 and struck out 47. He also was a part of two combined shutouts, featured a 0.79 WHIP and opposing batters hit a mere .129 against him.
Of his regular season statistics, Somsen finished in the Top 5 in the league of six different categories: ERA (tied-3rd), wins (tied-4th) opposing batting average (2nd), WHIP (3rd), fewest hits allowed (1st), and fewest runs allowed (tied-2nd).
In the postseason, Somsen made his only start count for the SwampDogs, pitching six innings of two-hit baseball to run his record to a perfect 6-0 on the summer. He gave up two earned runs and walked three in that time, but struck out eight and held opposing batters to a .100 average against him.
At the All-Star break, Somsen not only earned a spot on the roster, but was named the starting pitcher of the American CPL All-Stars. In one inning on the mound, he surrendered one walk and struck out one. Further, he was also selected as the Rawlings CPL Pitcher of the Week in week five of the regular season. That week, Somsen pitched a gem for the Swampdogs on June 29 versus the Martinsville Mustangs. Throwing seven quality innings for a combined shutout of the Mustangs, he earned a perfect 0.00 ERA and 1-0 record on the week. In seven innings of work, Somsen surrendered just three hits, walked one and struck out a league-best nine. Further, opposing batters hit just .120 against him, while he also sported a WHIP of 0.57 on the week.
• Fayetteville's Somsen Named 2012 Rawlings CPL Pitcher of the Year - Coastal Plain -, 24 Nov 2010 [cached]
Fayetteville SwampDogs' pitcher Layne Somsen finally at top of game after elbow surgery
Yankton's Layne Somsen is ..., 16 July 2009 [cached]
Yankton's Layne Somsen is congratulated at home plate during a home game earlier this season. (P&D File Photo)
Following a mild injury and a non-related surgery, Layne Somsen had plans to just relax this summer.
Yet, the desire to play baseball was too strong, so back to the diamond he returned.
And for the first-place Yankton Tappers (15-2), who lead Crofton by a game and a half in the South Central League, Somsen's late-season presence has given the team a true ace-in-the-hole.
"I wasn't sure if I'd play at all this summer; things weren't looking too good for that," said Somsen, who this spring finished his freshman season on the South Dakota State University baseball team.
"My coach (Ritchie Price) really wasn't in favor of me throwing a ton of innings, but I was getting antsy being away."
As a first-year pitcher for the Division I Jackrabbits, Somsen pitched 66 innings with a 4-7 record and a 5.32 ERA. Down the stretch, though, the Yankton native won four straight starts and hurled a complete game to lead SDSU into the Summit League championship game.
Following the season, Somsen traveled to Colorado to play for the Greeley Grays of the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League. Teams in that wood bat league feature players from the NCAA and NAIA levels, as an opportunity to play top-level competition during the summer.
While in Colorado, Somsen suffered the first of his two physical setbacks.
During a bullpen session, the 6-foot, 180-pound right-hander felt a sharp pain in his groin/hip area. He said there was a brief concern about a possible hernia, but the pain turned out to be a pulled muscle.
"I was really scared that it was something worse, but thankfully, I didn't," he said this week.
Then, a few weeks later back in Yankton, came a non-related surgical procedure on his sinuses, to get his tonsils removed. The latest setback caused Somsen to miss another two weeks of baseball.
"My summer didn't start out very good," he said Tuesday, with a chuckle. "Basically, I've been resting most of the summer."
Finally ready to start playing baseball again, Somsen joined the Tappers for the first time on July 2 in Freeman. And since that point, Yankton is a perfect 6-0 and has overtaken Crofton for first place in the always-tough SCL.
"Honestly, I knew absolutely nothing about this league," Somsen said.
In his first five games with the Tappers, Somsen spent time at shortstop and helped lead a youthful offense that averaged 14.6 runs per game during that stretch.
But on Monday of this week, the Tappers and manager Ron Heine sent Somsen to the mound to face Crofton for a home game at Riverside Field.
Somsen allowed one run on three hits in five innings of work with eight strikeouts against the Bluejays, who came in 13-2. And for good measure, Somsen cranked a three-run home run that proved to be the difference in a 3-2 Yankton win.
"I could definitely tell that I hadn't thrown off a month in like a month and a half," Somsen said a day later.
Whether or not Somsen pitches a handful of games in the postseason, he said he's anxious to win.
"We're a pretty positive team right now," he said.
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