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Three softball Beavers honored

Three Minot State University softball players received major conference honors in the program’s first season in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Junior pitcher/outfielder Jen Dixon was named NSIC Player of the Year, senior Mandy Greenberg was named NSIC Pitcher of the Year and senior pitcher/first baseman Tiffany Friesen was named second-team All-NSIC. The NSIC announced the awards Wednesday on the eve of the conference tournament.

“I am tremendously proud of all three of these student-athletes,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “Along with their teammates, they have worked hard to get to where they are now. I wasn’t sure at the beginning of the season if we would get the respect and the awards like this. It’s just great to see hard work pay off.”

The Beavers (36-7 overall, 18-6 NSIC) finished fourth in the regular season. Dixon had 65 hits and led the league with a .492 batting average. She led the conference in slugging percentage (.977), on-base percentage (.571), doubles (17) and triples (6). The Brandon, Manitoba, native also finished in the top 10 nationally in four categories. Dixon’s 11 home runs are a career-best for the third-year starter.

Greenberg (22-3) led the league in earned run average (1.07) and strikeouts per game (11.29). She finished in the top 10 nationally in three categories. Greenberg, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, had four shutouts, 12 complete games and increased her career totals to 70 wins and 830 strikeouts.

Friesen was a force on the mound and at the plate. She led the team in home runs (14), RBIs (58), and hit .397. Friesen, of Morden, Manitoba, was 12-4 with a 2.12 ERA.

Dixon and Greenberg also received NSIC Gold Glove Team honors for their fielding skills. Upper Iowa’s Jacqueline Flood was named NSIC Freshman of the Year, University of Mary’s Cherlyn Trujillo was named NSIC Newcomer of the Year and Minnesota-Duluth’s Jen Banford was named NSIC Coach of the Year.

No. 4 MSU plays No. 5 Upper Iowa at 11 a.m. today in Rochester, Minn.

– Daily News Staff

Rowe earns Mon-Dak honor

Williston State College freshman catcher/third baseman Haley Rowe was named the Mon-Dak Conference Softball Player of the Week on Wednesday.

Rowe hit .542 to lead the Tetons to a 7-1 record last week. The Great Falls, Mont., native had 14 hits, including five doubles and a triple, and drove in eight runs. She also scored 13 runs and stole four bases.

Rowe leads the team in hitting at .528.

– Daily News Staff

Beavers sweep lowly Crookston

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The Minot State University baseball team swept last-place Minnesota, Crookston on Wednesday in a Northen Sun Intercollegiate Conference series.

MSU entered the series on a 10-game conference losing streak.

“You could definitely tell that the guys felt relieved to get those wins,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said in a press release. “They were having fun and they played well today, now we just need to finish the season strong.”

The Beavers (12-22 overall, 4-16 NSIC) and the Golden Eagles (1-38, 1-25) are 14th and 15th, respectively, in the 15-team league.

MSU senior pitcher Jarrett Duchscher held Crookston to eight hits over six innings to earn the decision in a 12-4 win. Freshman Doug Rolfson pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief two earn the game-two win. The Beavers won 14-7.

Five Beavers had three-RBI performances and senior Mitch Olson led the team with four RBIs through both games. Olson was 2-for-5 in the second game with a double.

The Beavers close the season with doubleheaders Thursday and Friday against the University of Mary at Jack Hoeven Field. The games will be the team’s first in Minot this year.

“We’ve had these games penciled on the schedule for a while,” said Weppler, a Mary graduate. “It will be great to have some home games and play for our fans. We will definitely be going for four wins on the weekend.”

– Daily News Staff