Sports Briefs 3/31/14

Beavers split with Sioux Falls

SIOUX CITY, Neb. – The Minot State baseball time hit five home runs in a doubleheader split with Sioux Falls on Sunday in a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games.

The Beavers slugged four homers in an 8-7 victory in game one, including two by junior Conner Oliver. He hit his first – a solo shot – in the top of the fourth as the Beavers grabbed a 5-3 advantage. His second solo homer came in the sixth inning to give MSU a 7-3 lead.

“The guys are swinging well right now,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said in a press release. “We are going up there with a plan at the plate and when we are getting our pitch we aren’t missing it. We are putting the barrel on the ball and we’ve done a good job of swinging it with power over the weekend.”

The Cougars (12-9 overall, 6-2 NSIC) scored four runs over the final two innings, but MSU junior Austin Zorn got the final two outs to record the save.

In the second game – a 7-5 loss – the Beavers (8-9, 2-2) surrendered the first seven runs before running out of time to complete a frantic comeback. MSU senior A.J. Begay hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning.

The Beavers play a doubleheader at Montana State-Billings on Tuesday beginning at 2 p.m.

-Daily News Staff

MSU softball sweeps Cougars

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Minot State softball team’s pitching staff dominated Sioux Falls on Sunday, allowing one run and nine hits in a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wins.

The Beavers (16-8 overall, 3-3 NSIC) took the first game 3-0 before completing the sweep with a 10-1 victory.

MSU junior Mindy Lorimor pitched a complete game four-hitter, striking out four in game one. She got all the run support she would need in the first inning as junior Melissa Bell connected on an RBI double, scoring freshman Jordan Grant.

In game two, MSU senior Jen Dixon went five innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out two. She also smacked a three-run homer in the top of the third inning to break a 1-1 tie.

“It was really nice to see our pitching staff settle into a pair of solid games,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “Both Mindy and Jen were good today against a good Sioux Falls team. We did just enough to win game one and then the bats woke up in game two.”

The Beavers host Bemidji State on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Herb Parker Stadium.

-Daily News Staff

O’Keefe leads field after first round

ASHLAND, Neb. – Minot State junior Kowan O’Keefe shot a 1-under 70 and leads the field after the first round of the Augustana College Quarry Oaks Collegiate meet on Sunday.

O’Keefe shot a 31 on the front nine, five strokes better than the next-best score. The Blind Bay, British Columbia, native heads into the second round with a three-stroke lead.

The Beavers finished the round in third out of 10 teams, carding a 309, 10 shots behind St. Cloud State. MSU senior Casey Gleich fired a 5-over 76 and is tied for eighth overall.

“That was a great first round by Casey since he was unable to make the spring trip with us,” MSu coach Randy Westby said in a press release. “I felt we would play well following the spring trip. We hope to make up some strokes tomorrow and compete for the title. We are excited for this spring season.”

The final round begins this morning.

-Daily News Staff