Sports briefs

Class A title games set

BISMARCK – A pair of Bismarck-area teams are a win away from claiming a Class A state basketball title.

Bismarck High, which eliminated Minot in the West Region tournament, will face Fargo Shanley in the boys championship game at 8 tonight at the Bismarck Civic Center.

On the girls side, defending champion Bismarck Century will lock up with West Fargo in a 6 p.m. title game at the same venue.

Taylor Schafer and Troy Hausauer combined for 23 points to help Bismarck clip rival Bismarck Century 40-39 Saturday in the boys semifinal. In the other semi, North Dakota State commit A.J. Jacobson netted 37 points in Shanley’s 86-60 win over Fargo Davies.

Century’s girls, behind Alex Hopkins’ 17 points, did enough to best Fargo Shanley 54-51. In the earlier semi, West Fargo handled Bismarck 68-48.

– Daily News Staff

MSU baseball team splits in Ariz.

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Minot State University baseball team ripped 17 hits in a seven-inning 23-8 win over Wayland Baptist on Friday, but committed five errors in a 10-9 loss to Mount Marty College later in the day.

“Our defense was sloppy and a little hesitant today,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said in a press release. “It’s been that way for most of the games here. The ground is a little drier here and when the ball hits that dirt, it comes off a lot with a bad bounce which can get by you or cause a bad throw.”

Against Mount Marty (6-11), the Beavers got an RBI single in the ninth inning by senior Brian Vine to knot the score at 9-9. But the Lancers scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th when MSU third baseman A.J. Begay, who batted 4-for-4 in the game, made a wild throw on a sacrifice bunt attempt, allowing a Mount Marty runner to score from first.

In game one, Mitch Olson, Andrew Roach and Mike Turcotte recorded three hits apiece for MSU (8-5) to key the blowout. Olson finished with two doubles and a game-high six RBIs.

MSU freshman Austin Berntson, a 2012 Minot High grad, gave up five runs in six innings to earn his first college win.

The Beavers play Bemidji State (Minn.) in their final game of the Tucson Invitational today at noon.

– Daily News Staff

Minot State wins two more

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Minot State University softball team defeated Bentley University 4-3 before posting a 7-1 victory over Alderson-Broaddus College on Friday at the National Training Center Spring tournament.

The Beavers (16-1) have won all eight of their games in the Sunshine State and are currently on a 13-game winning streak.

Against Bentley, MSU senior Tiffany Friesen plated two runs with a double in a three-run third inning for the Beavers. Junior Katie Backes knocked in Friesen with an RBI single.

Friesen relieved starting pitcher Jen Dixon with one out in the top of the sixth inning and MSU leading 4-2. Friesen allowed one hit in relief and struck out two to earn the save.

The Beavers used a five-run fourth inning to break open the game against Alderson-Broaddus. Senior Corinne Gautron, sophomore Ali Cygan, Backes and Dixon all recorded RBIs in the top half of the frame.

Senior Mandy Greenberg pitched a complete game three-hitter, allowing one earned run while striking out 14.

Sophomore Taylor Studler homered in the second for MSU.

The Beavers close out the tournament today against New York Institute of Technology at noon and the University of Wisconsin-Stout at 2 p.m.

-Daily News Staff