Beavers split at Desert Stinger tournament

LAS VEGAS – The Minot State University softball team dropped its first game of the day against Western New Mexico before beating Minnesota-Duluth later in the afternoon to close out the Desert Stinger tournament on Sunday.

The Beavers (4-1) dropped a 5-2 decision to WNM after surrendering four runs in the sixth inning. MSU starting pitcher Jen Dixon went 5.1 innings before being replaced by Tiffany Friesen with a runner on second and clinging to a two-run lead. Friesen was unable to get the next three batters out, allowing three runs on three hits.

MSU scored a run in each of the first three innings to give the Beavers a 3-0 lead. Melissa Bell homered in the third.

The Beavers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against Duluth and held on for a 5-2 victory. Mandy Greenberg pitched into the fifth inning, striking out eight.

Dixon and Friesen each recorded two runs and one RBI.

The Beavers return to the diamond on March 2 in the St. Cloud State Invitational when they play Bemidji State at 4 p.m. and Valley City State at 6 p.m.

-Daily News Staff