Alexander’s gem ends 15-game skid for Minot State

Daily News Staff

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Minot State junior Tanner Alexander provided exactly what the Beavers needed.

After giving up double-digit runs in four of its last five contests, and losing 15 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games in a row, MSU enjoyed its best pitching performance of the season Saturday at Northern State.

Alexander gave up four hits and one walk in a complete-game shutout, as the Beavers topped the Wolves 1-0.

“Tanner came up with some confidence and threw a high percentage of strikes to get ahead of batters all day,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said in a press release. “I thought he did a great job not giving up in several at-bats. Guys were fouling off balls and he just continued to challenge them. He did a great job, obviously, for us on the mound.”

Alexander fanned five of the 25 batters he faced.

He also pitched with a one-run lead all game, as the Beavers scored their only run from the bat of freshman Celestino Rodriguez, who drove in sophomore leadoff man Kyle Williamson with a fielder’s choice in the first inning.

Things weren’t as rosy for the Beavers in the nightcap.

Guilty of another seven errors – bringing its weekend total up to 18 – Minot State committed seven in a 9-4 loss while allowing four unearned runs.

MSU hosts in-state rival Mary on Wednesday at Corbett Field, beginning with the front end of a doubleheader at 4 p.m.

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‘up and down’ at Hokanson Classic

FARGO – Minot State freshman Amber Hunsaker, of Thompson, had her four-meet win streak in javelin snapped, but it took an NCAA Division I thrower to do so.

Hunsaker finished second to North Dakota State’s Keywana Larson in the women’s javelin by less than two feet, as she powered a toss of 135 feet, 6 inches at the Lyle Hokanson Classic on Saturday at Schlanser Track Complex.

“It was a good day overall considering the weather,” MSU coach Stu Melby said in a press release. “We were a little up and down at times. We saw some good things, especially with improved technique and some consistency. Some of the times or marks weren’t there and we have some people who are getting impatient. We will have to work on that as we start to get geared up for conference.”

MSU junior Samantha Huether, of Minot, joined Hunsaker as an individual runner-up, as she finished second in the women’s steeplechase with a season-best time of 11 minutes, 33.84 seconds. Hunsaker also mixed in a personal best in the hammer throw Friday, heaving it 38.38 meters.

MSU’s men’s team was paced by a second-place finish from its 400-meter relay team. The group of freshman Daniel Daffinrud, junior Tyler Bates, senior Lucas Leitner and senior Farai Madungwe finished with a season-best time of 43.01.

“We had 11 personal bests and 10 season bests, including both of our (400) relays, who did a good job,” Melby said. “I think we are a little beat up as we have been training and maybe it’s been weather related letting little things get to us but we have next week off to get rested up.”

The women’s 400 relay team of freshman Erin Winterton, senior DelRay Audet, junior Chloe Melton and senior Dijah Silva finished fourth with a time of 49.20.

Audet had a solid day, as she added a fourth-place finish in the 400 hurdles (1:03.78).

Sophomore Emily Westlake – MSU’s only other female placewinner – placed third in the 5,000 meters with a mark of 19:53.75.

Bates and sophomore Kaleb Kirby were Minot State’s highest individual placewinners on the men’s side, as both finished fourth in their respective events. Bates turned in a season-best time of 51.09 in the 400 meters, while Kirby just missed his personal best in pole vault, clearing 14 feet, 5 1/12 inches.

“Those two did some good things for us today,” Melby said.

Junior Dylan Harvey, of Minot, rounded out the men’s placewinners with a seventh place finish in the 400 hurdles, ending in a time of 58.92.

MSU has next weekend off before traveling to Minnesota State-Moorhead’s Ron Masanz Open on May 7.

-Daily News Staff

Mustangs tops Minot High tennis

BISMARCK – West Fargo Sheyenne’s girls tennis team claimed victories in five of six singles matches Saturday afternoon en route to a 7-2 win over Minot High.

The Majettes were also scheduled to also battle West Fargo, but due to a scheduling conflict with the Bismarck tennis courts, that match was not played.

“Sheyenne was the better team today,” Minot coach Scott DeLorme said via email.

Freshman Raquel Egge and sophomore Kali Askvig accounted for Minot’s lone doubles win, as they combined for a 6-2, 6-4 over the Mustangs’ Annie McIntosh and Katie Froemke. Egge also picked up a singles victory, topping Froemke 6-2, 6-1.

“Raquel Egge was the lone bright spot as she continues to play really well in both singles and doubles for us,” DeLorme said.

Minot hosts Williston on Tuesday at Hammond Park.

-Daily News Staff