Sports Briefs 4/9/2014

NDSU silences Beaver bats

BISMARCK – North Dakota State shut down the Minot State offense Tuesday, limiting the Beavers to one hit in a 5-0 loss.

Junior outfielder Andrew Roach provided the lone MSU hit in the first inning, which was quickly erased by a pickoff attempt from NDSU catcher Michael Leach.

The Bison (8-13 overall, 0-4 Summit League) went on to pitch 81?3 innings of no-hit baseball. Trent Keefer got the win after two innings of work, including a team-high four strikeouts.

Junior pitcher Austin Zorn suffered his second loss of the season for MSU (9-13 overall, 3-5 Northern Sun) after a six-inning, two-hit effort.

The Beavers return to NSIC play this weekend with two doubleheaders against Concordia-St. Paul. The first is scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at Corbett Field.

-Daily News Staff

Bell garners NSIC honors

Minot State junior catcher Melissa Bell was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference softball player of the week Tuesday after batting .526 over a six-game span.

Bell finished the week with 10 hits, three via the long ball, 10 RBIs and eight runs to help the Beavers to a 5-1 record. She smacked a grand slam against No. 19 Winona State on Saturday as MSU swept a ranked opponent for the first time.

This season, Bell is hitting .330 with 19 RBI and a team-high six home runs. Her slugging percentage of .596 is also a team high.

The Beavers host Northern State today at 2 and 4 p.m., with the location changed to Herb Parker Stadium.

-Daily News Staff