Top stories of 2013 – No. 10: MSU softball racks up awards

The Minot State University softball program achieved several athletic department firsts in 2013.

The Beavers tallied a school-record win total during a 41-11 season, which ended in the NCAA Division II Central Region tournament.

In their first Division II season, the Beavers became the first MSU team in any sport to receive an at-large bid to an NCAA tournament. MSU went 1-2 in the event, falling 2-0 to eventual national champion Central Oklahoma and 5-2 to Fort Hays State. The Beavers beat Emporia State 1-0 between those losses to record MSU’s first NCAA tournament victory.

Head coach Bill Triplett was named the Division II CaptainU College Coach of the Year and junior outfielder Jen Dixon was the Central Region Player of the Year and a Daktronics first-team All-American – the highest athletic honors any MSU student has earned since the Beavers’ move to NCAA competition.

Senior pitcher/slugger Tiffany Friesen was named a second-team Daktronics All-American and senior ace Mandy Greenberg was an honorable mention selection after winning the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Pitcher of the Year award.