Around the NSIC
Each week, The Minot Daily News features a roundup of notable performances, news and results from teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Here’s what happened last week:
– Concordia-St. Paul junior Kyle Dalton went 12-for-23, reaching base in all six games last week with four RBIs and four runs scored. The Golden Bears (25-11 overall, 17-9 NSIC) won all six contests and Dalton was named NSIC player of the week. Dalton leads the conference with a .446 batting average. He owns a .487 on-base percentage, hitting safely in all but two games this season.
– Northern State redshirt sophomore right-hander Colton Boucher was named NSIC pitcher of the week, notching a win and a save last week. Boucher tossed his sixth complete game of the season against Winona State, scattering seven hits and striking out seven. Boucher threw the final two innings against Minnesota Duluth to pick up his second save of the season.
– The Augustana College women’s tennis team won its fourth straight NSIC Tournament Championship on Sunday, sweeping second-seeded University of Mary 5-0 in the title match. The top-seeded Vikings (23-1) breezed through the tournament, winning 5-1 matches against Minnesota State-Mankato and Winona State before handling the Marauders. With the victory, Augustana grabs an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region Tournament beginning Saturday.
The Vikings swept doubles play, with their No. 1 and No. 3 teams posting 8-0 victories. Their No. 2 team of Christine Olivo and Heather Sullivan defeated U-Mary’s Hallie Welk and Kate O’Connell 8-4. In singles play, Richards and Meredith Lawrence dropped just one game each en route to their straight-set victories.
– Minnesota Duluth sophomore Sami Schnyder batted .750 with runners in scoring position and .800 with two outs last week and was named NSIC player of the week. She finished 15-of-24 (.625) in the leadoff spot, recording five doubles, five RBIs and six runs scored. Schnyder had the game-winning hit against Concordia-St. Paul, a three-run double with her team down two with two outs in the seventh. She is on an 11-game hitting streak entering the conference tournament.
– On Monday, the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Committee selected the teams and individuals that will compete in the 2014 NCAA Division II women’s golf super regional competition. Among the nine-team Central Region field are Augustana College, Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State-Mankato. Sioux Falls’ Tavia Rutherford and Upper Iowa’s Christy Nelson received two of the four individual bids from the Central Region.
The tournament will begin Friday at Tartan Park in St. Paul, Minn. Teams and individual participants will play 54 holes with the top three teams and the top three individuals not with a team will advance to the women’s golf championships at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C., from May 14-17.
-Daily News Staff