Beavers split first NSIC doubleheader

FAYETTE, Iowa – The Minot State baseball team split its first two conference games on Friday.

In their first game the Beavers relied on dominant pitching in the 10-2 win as senior starting pitcher Austin Berntson threw 10 strikeouts and allowed just three hits with no earned runs. Sophomore Wyatt Moore came in to close the game and struck out three of the four batters he faced in the final inning.

“Berntson was good,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said. “He came out and set the tempo for the day. Attacked hitters, filled up the zone and got a ton of strikeouts because of it. The bats as the game went on got hot and got a big lead for us. Wyatt had a lead coming in there, but he still did a great job and got strikes.”

The MSU offense – which has been firing on all cylinders of late – scored 10 runs on eight hits and was again led by junior outfielder Jordan Schulz who had two runs, two hits, and two RBIs in three at bats.

Junior shortstop Sean Alp also had two hits for the Beavers while senior first baseman Micah Holmen and classmate Keith Ailes added two RBIs apiece.

In Game 2, Minot State fell 14-4 as the Peacocks scored at least one run in every inning, including three and four runs in the sixth and seventh, respectively.

Ailes and junior third baseman Taylor Williamson both batted 1.000 with Ailes going two-for-two and Williamson going three-for-three with one RBI. Freshman second baseman Geordie McDougall recorded two hits, both doubles, and drove in two runners.

Minot State plays another doubleheader at Upper Iowa today, beginning at noon.

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