Northern State sweeps Beavers

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Minot State baseball team stretched its Northen Sun Intercollegiate Conference losing streak to five Tuesday, falling twice to Northern State.

The Beavers were roughed up early in Game 1 thanks to five second-inning runs from the Wolves. NSU sophomore Colton Boucher surrendered five runs off seven hits, striking out six for his fifth victory of the season.

Junior shortstop Brad Rolff led the Beavers with two RBIs, both of which came on a second-inning single to give MSU an early 2-0 advantage.

MSU sophomore Jesse Goertzen, the winning pitcher in the team’s last NSIC win over No. 16 St. Cloud State, lasted 4 1/3 innings after giving up seven runs – two earned – on eight hits and one walk.

The Game 2 result was more lopsided as NSU completed the sweep with an 8-1 victory.

The Beavers (9-17 overall, 3-9 NSIC) scored an early run from a Sean Arbault double in the first, but it was the only run they would score.

MSU junior Austin Zorn picked up his second loss of the season after four innings of work. He gave up five earned runs off seven hits and one walk.

The Beavers take on Winona State this weekend in a pair of doubleheaders at Corbett Field. Game 1 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

-Daily News Staff

Dixon earns conference honors

Minot State softball senior Jen Dixon was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference player of the week, conference officials announced Tuesday.

Dixon went 9-for-17 with five home runs and nine RBIs this week. She leads the conference with 11 home runs and ranks fifth in RBIs (35).

The Beavers host Minnesota Duluth on Friday at 2 p.m.

-Daily News Staff

Magicians split with Dickinson

DICKINSON – The Minot High baseball team split its doubleheader with Dickinson on Tuesday, winning the West Region game before dropping the non-region contest.

The Magicians (4-2 overall, 3-0 region) plated all six of their runs in the first two innings during a 6-2 victory in Game 1. In Game 2, Minot could muster just one hit in a 6-4 loss to the Midgets.

Minot senior pitcher Demitry Zafra picked up the win in Game 1, tossing six innings before classmate Chandler Jacob entered in the seventh to record the save. Jacob also went 3-for-4 at the plate.

In Game 2 it was Dickinson that started fast, scoring two in the first and three in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Minot went three innings without a hit before Wesley Johnson smacked a two-RBI single during a four-run fourth.

The Magicians are in action Thursday when they host Fargo South at 4 p.m. at Corbett Field.

-Daily News Staff

Bautista, Lawrie lift Blue Jays over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jose Bautista had three hits and an RBI, and Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Tuesday night.

Edwin Encarnacion had two hits and an RBI, and Aaron Loup (1-0) won in relief of starter Brandon Morrow, who lasted 3 2-3 innings on a 35-degree night at Target Field. The Blue Jays led 5-2 going into the ninth before Lawrie’s towering drive off Jared Burton put it away.

Chris Colabello had three hits and an RBI, and Trevor Plouffe hit a solo home run for the Twins. But right-hander Phil Hughes (0-1) watched an impressive start go to waste in Toronto’s five-run sixth inning.

Hughes gave up four runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts in five-plus innings to snap Minnesota’s three-game winning streak.

Munenori Kawasaki had two hits, including a double, after being called up from Triple-A Buffalo to help replace Maicer Izturis, who is out for the season with torn ligaments in his left knee. Designated hitter Adam Lind, who had a walk, a single and scored a run, left in the seventh inning with tightness in his lower back.

The Blue Jays have historically hit the ball very well at pitcher-friendly Target Field and they were facing one of their favorite pitchers in Hughes, who faced them many times over the years with the New York Yankees. Toronto hit 15 home runs off Hughes in 116 2-3 innings while he was in pinstripes.

Hughes kept the ball in the ballpark and kept the Blue Jays off balance through a very sharp first five innings. He recorded all seven of his strikeouts and needed just 74 pitches to get to the sixth.

But it all came apart there. Hughes gave up four quick hits to start the inning, including RBI singles by Bautista and Encarnacion to get chased with two on and nobody out. Michael Tonkin gave up a single to load the bases, and a throwing error from catcher Kurt Suzuki later in the inning allowed Dioner Navarro to score for a 5-2 lead.