Sports Briefs 2/25/14

MSU track and field adds two

The Minot State track and field team signed two more student-athletes to its 2014 recruiting class, the program announced Monday.

Kayla Lewis and Kira Gilbreath have committed to join the women’s team and look to add depth to a growing a program.

She will compete primarily in the javelin for the Beavers. Lewis – a native of Pinesdale, Mont. – placed third in the Montana State Class A meet with a toss of 116 feet, 6 inches.

Gilbreath, of Farmington, Utah, was all-state in the shot put during her sophomore and junior seasons at Viewmont High School. She won the 5A Shot Put Championship last year with a toss of 38-4.

– Daily News Staff

Beavers record another split

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. -The Minot State softball team settled for a two-game split in the final day of the Duluth Invitational on Monday at WSP Athletic Center.

The Beavers started the day with a 2-1 loss to Fort Hays State before posting a 2-1 victory against University of Mary.

MSU (3-5) fell behind 2-0 to No. 17 Fort Hays State before senior Alyssa Cornejo hit a solo shot to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Beavers couldn’t push across the tying run over the final two innings and were held to four hits.

In the second game of the day, MSU again fell behind when U-Mary’s Demaree Rodriguez homered to center field in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Beavers rallied in the top of the seventh as the first two batters reached base safely and scored on a two-run single by junior Ali Cygan.

MSU junior Mindy Lorimor pitched all seven innings, scattering 11 hits and striking out seven to earn the victory.

“Today was really big for Mindy,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “Our defense has let her down at times this year and threw it around some behind her. We have some new kids playing and some kids playing where they are not normally going to be because of injuries, but overall we have responded.”

– Daily News Staff