Sports Briefs

MSU’s Dixon NSIC player of the week

Jen Dixon is a big reason Minot State University is making a smooth transition to NCAA Division II softball.

The junior pitcher and outfielder had four home runs, four doubles, 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored in six games last week. The Brandon, Manitoba, native was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference player of the week Monday.

The Beavers (23-2 overall, 5-1 NSIC) continued their hot start as Dixon hit .667 through the team’s first six games as an NSIC member. Dixon leads Division II in batting average (.593), on-base percentage (.624) and slugging percentage (1.198).

MSU swept the University of Mary on Thursday, split with Sioux Falls on Friday and swept Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday. Dixon capped the slate with a 5-for-5 performance against the Mustangs.

The Beavers host Bemidji State (7-16, 1-5) in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Herb Parker Stadium. The games were originally scheduled for Tuesday, but poor weather led to the change. MSU will provide live video and stats for both games.

– Daily News Staff

Beaver golf team in third place

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Minot State University sophomore golfer Kowan O’Keefe led the Beavers with a first-round 74 at the Colorado Mines/Re-gis University (Colo.) Invite on Monday.

MSU is in third place out of five teams with a 302 in the squad’s first spring tournament. Host Colorado School of Mines leads with a 284 followed by Adams State University (Colo.) at 298 at Fox Hollow Golf Course.

O’Keefe finished eighth overall after the first of two days, shooting 37s on the front and back ends. Former Minot High golfer and junior Cody Duchscherer shot a 75 and senior Blair Anderson carded a 76. MSU senior Marion Hernandez rounded out the Beavers’ scoring with a 77.

“We played a decent round,” MSU coach Chipper Farrell said in a press release. “The 300 level is a good judge and while we know that we need to be under 300 to compete with the teams in the conference, for the first day out and with a couple of injuries, we played a good overall round.”

MSU junior Casey Gleich and senior Matt Procyshen shot 74 and 78, respectively, but did not make the lineup as both are recovering from injuries. Procyshen suffered three broken bones in his foot in September and Gleich had a minor injury in a practice round.

ASU’s Justin Morten-sen and Colorado Mines’ Conrad Smith led after the first round with 69s. O’Keefe is tied with Bryan Schulte of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

The second round is set for today. MSU will play its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament of the spring Friday through Sunday at the Upper Iowa University Invite in Fayette, Iowa.

-Daily News Staff

Beavers second after first round

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Minot State University women’s golf team sits in second after shooting 334 in the first round of the six-team Regis University Spring Invite on Monday at Fox Hollow Golf Course.

All five MSU golfers shot in the 80s and Mackenzie Nagel and Dani Look are tied for second with two others with rounds of 81. Rebecca Heinitz is tied for seventh after shooting a first-round 84. Kayla Palczewski and Danielle Foster also had solid rounds, shooting an 88 and 89, respectively.

“It was a good effort for the first time out,” MSU coach Whitney Aberle said in a press release. “You never know what to expect when you haven’t played for so long and we didn’t have players go to Arizona like the guys did, so there were a lot of unknowns.”

The Beavers trail first-round leader Regis University (Colo.) by 17 strokes. All five golfers for Regis University finished with top-10 individual scores. Nicole Hulbert shot a 73 for the best round of the day.

The second round is today.

-Daily News Staff