Sports briefs

MSU’s bats come alive in split

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Minot State University baseball team exploded for 26 hits and 17 runs in a doubleheader Tuesday. The Beavers beat Southwest Minnesota State 13-11 but lost to Lubbock Christian (Texas) 10-4.

MSU (6-3) took the lead against SMSU in the bottom of the first inning and never surrendered the advantage, but the game featured several momentum swings as each team had just three scoreless trips to the plate.

“We had the lead for almost the whole game, but it was back and forth,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said in a press release. “We would score, they would score, then we would score again. You never want to see your team give up 11 runs, but it’s good to see our team in that type of ballgame to see how we would respond.”

MSU center fielder Mike Turcotte went 4-for-6 at the plate with a triple and four runs scored. Sophomore Andrew Roach and senior cleanup Mitch Olson had three hits and four RBIs apiece, and Olson had two doubles.

In game two, Lubbock Christian (19-4) blasted three home runs to key the victory. Zane Sawyer suffered the loss for MSU, allowing seven runs on seven hits in five innings.

The Beavers recorded 10 hits, with two each from Turcotte, Olson and Brian Vine.

MSU plays Bemidji State (Minn.) and St. Ambrose University (Iowa) on Thursday.

– Daily News Staff

Garrison’s Rud headed to WSC

Garrison High School senior Mykle Rud became the third area basketball player to commit to Williston State College in recent weeks.

The 6-foot-5 forward was an All-Region 5 selection and led the Troopers to the region championship game for the first time in 20 years (Shiloh Christian won 72-41). Rud averaged a double-double with 16.7 points and 12.8 rebounds for Garrison (12-13). He also blocked 68 shots and connected on 40 3-pointers.

“Mykle has good size and moves really well,” WSC coach Eric Peterson said in a press release. “He can post up around the rim and also step out and shoot it from three. His work ethic is what we look for in all of the players we recruit.”

Rud joins Minot High’s Kyle Gerding and Glenburn’s Houston Lavachek as state commitments for the Tetons.

– Daily News Staff

UND goalie honored by WCHA

University of North Dakota freshman goaltender Zane Gothberg was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association co-Defensive Player of the Week after making 72 saves in UND’s series split with No. 10 Minnesota State-Mankato last weekend.

In UND’s 4-3 win over the Mavericks on Friday, Gothberg recorded a career-high 37 saves. The next night, the Thief River Falls, Minn., native stopped 35 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss.

UND (19-10-7), the No. 3 seed in the WCHA playoffs, hosts Michigan Tech in a first-round, best-of-three series this weekend in Grand Forks.

– Daily News Staff

NSIC well represented in DII tournaments

Four men’s teams and three women’s teams will represent the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in the NCAA Division II national basketball tournaments, which begin this weekend.

Augustana (S.D.), Upper Iowa, Winona State (Minn.) and Minnesota State-Mankato advanced to the men’s tournament in the Central Region.

Mankato, which won the NSIC regular season and tournament championships, is the No. 1 seed in the bracket and will host the region for the third time in four years at the Taylor Center. The Mavericks (26-4 overall, 18-4 NSIC) last made the tournament in 2011 and advanced to the Final Four. They will host No. 8 Arkansas Tech (18-11) at 5 p.m. Saturday.

No. 2 Winona State (24-7, 17-5) plays No. 7 Northeastern State (Okla.) at 2:30 p.m. The Warriors are led by NSIC Player of the Year Clayton Vette, who has team-high averages of 20.8 points and 8.2 rebounds.

The third-seeded Augustana Vikings (21-8) play No. 6 Upper Iowa (20-11) at noon. The Vikings are in the tournament for the second straight year. The teams split regular-season meetings, with UIU taking the most recent game by 11 points at Augustana.

The NCAA Central Region is made up of teams from the NSIC, Great American Conference and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The men’s region champion will advance to the national quarterfinals March 28 in Louisville, Ky. The championship game is April 7 in Atlanta.

An all-NSIC matchup will begin play in the women’s Central Region on Friday in Topeka, Kan. No. 3 seed Concordia-St. Paul (23-6, 19-3) plays No. 6 Augustana (24-6, 16-6) at noon at Lee Arena.

Augustana is led by NSIC tournament MVP Emily Schulte, who led the Vikings to a semifinal win over C-SP and a championship win over No. 4 Mankato.

The Mavericks (25-5, 18-4) play No. 5 Arkansas Tech (23-6) at 8 p.m.

The C-SP Golden Bears are led by NSIC player of the year Anika Whiting and conference coach of the year Paul Fessler.

The region champion will advance to the national quarterfinals March 26 in San Antonio.

– Daily News Staff

Minot State softball team wins ninth straight

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Minot State University softball team rode dominant pitching and steady hitting to two more wins Monday, pushing the squad’s winning streak to nine.

Senior Tiffany Friesen picked up the win in the Beavers’ first game, a 3-1 triumph over University of Bridgeport (Conn.). Classmate Mandy Greenberg got the save in that matchup and pitched a complete-game shutout in a 7-0 win over St. Leo (Fla.) in game two.

“We are playing very, very good softball right now,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “We’re getting pitching, hitting and have been solid in the field so far. Saint Leo is a very, very good team and we were a little worried about that one. For us to go out and win 7-0 shows how well we are playing.”

Greenberg’s performance certainly helped. She allowed just four hits and finished with 12 strikeouts and no walks as she ran her record to 6-0.

Friesen hit a three-run homer against St. Leo to break the game open in the third inning. MSU junior Jen Dixon finished 3-for-3 with a double and a triple.

Dixon also had a triple against Bridgeport, and shortstop Ali Cygan hit two three-baggers.

The Beavers (12-1) play against St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) and Queens College (N.Y.) today.

– Daily News Staff