Sports Briefs

Beavers fall late to Huskies on Friday

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Minot State baseball team allowed a run in each of the final two innings and dropped a 3-2 decision to St. Cloud State in a non-conference game Friday in the third day of the Tucson Invitational Games.

Senior A.J. Begay gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning with a single up the middle, scoring classmate Connor Moughtin.

SCSU (9-3) tied it in the top half of the fifth before MSU (4-5) answered with a run of its own in the bottom half on a double by Moughtin. The third baseman’s shot to center field scored junior Andrew Roach to give the Beavers a 2-1 lead.

The Huskies tied the game again when Garrett Fischer singled to left field, driving in Zak Hoffman. An inning later, SCSU grabbed its first lead of the ballgame. Brandon Arnold had the game-winning RBI, bring in Eric Loxtercamp with a single through the right side.

The Beavers got its first two batters on base in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t get a timely hit to tie the game.

“Overall we put ourselves in position to win it,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said in a press release. “That’s all you can ask for when competing with a team like St. Cloud or any team of that caliber. We bounced back from a tough loss yesterday and fought hard and scratched.”

The teams play again Friday at 9 p.m.

-Daily News Staff

Lady Jacks clinch first NJCAA appearance

BOTTINEAU, N.D. – For the first time in school history, the Dakota College at Bottineau women’s basketball team will compete in the national tournament.

The Lady Jacks (15-17) clinched their NJCAA berth with an 83-67 win over North Platte CC in the District F title game on Mar. 9 in Bottineau, the school’s first-ever district championship.

DCB is one of 16 teams that will compete in the NJCAA Division II tournament. As the No. 16 seed, they face a difficult test in the first round: North Iowa Area CC, the top-ranked team in the nation with a 31-2 overall record.

The Lady Jacks take on North Iowa Area at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 18 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.

– Daily News Staff