Beavers sweep Minnesota State-Moorhead

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – After having its last seven games postponed due to poor field conditions, the Minot State University softball team snapped its three-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep over Minnesota State-Moorhead on Thursday.

The Beavers (28-5 overall, 10-4 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) scored four runs in the sixth inning for a 4-1 victory in game one. In game two, MSU broke out for seven runs in the second inning an coasted to a 9-1 victory to complete the sweep.

Scoreless for the first five innings of game one, senior Tiffany Friesen and junior Jen Dixon delivered timely at bats to end MSU-M (2-31, 0-18) starting pitcher Morgan Nybo’s shutout hopes. Friesen connected on a three-run home run, driving in Dixon, who doubled in a run earlier in the inning.

“Tiffany has really hit the ball hard consistently all year,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “She has come up with a bunch of key hits and when she gets a hold of it, she can hit it a long ways.”

Friesen took the mound in game two, allowing one run on three hits while striking out six in three innings of work.

Mandy Greenberg pitched a complete game one-hitter in game one, allowing one run and striking out 13.

The Beavers play doubleheaders against St. Cloud State on Saturday and Minnesota Duluth on Sunday. Both series will be played at the Husky Dome in St. Cloud.

– Daily News Staff