MSU softball closes out Desert Stinger tourney with a win

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Senior Tori Zimmermann went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in to led the Minot State softball team to an 8-4 victory over Stanislaus State in the Beavers final game of the Desert Stinger Tournament on Sunday at Majestic Park.

Minot State finished the tournament with a 3-2 overall record with wins over No. 5 Humboldt State, Notre Dame de Namur and Stanislaus State.

Zimmermann, who batted. 600 for the tournament, also scored a pair of runs and had a double to lead the Beavers offense.

Lauren Cowden was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and Isis Cabral was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Ashley Hill, Kyla Larson and Haley Hernandez also drove in runs for the Beavers.

Kylie Patrick picked up the victory in relief for the Beavers as she worked the final 4.0 innings to improve to 2-1 on the season.

For the third time in five games, Minot State erupted for early offense as it scored five times in the top of the first inning.

Cowden led off the game with a double and advanced to third on a groundout by Julia Suchan. Zimmermann brought home Cowden with the first run of the game when she hit an RBI single to left.

Hill followed with a walk and Cabral scored Zimmermann with an infield single to up the lead to 2-0.

Larson scored Hill with an RBI groundout and Cabral came around to score when Camille Greene reached on an error making it 4-0 Beavers.

Hernandez plated Greene with the final run of the first inning when she roped a triple to right field.

Minot State tacked on three runs in the top of the second inning.

Cowden led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Suchan. Zimmermann followed with a double to bring home Cowden to up the lead to 6-0.

Hill extended the Minot State lead to 7-0 with a double that plated Zimmermann and Hill later came around to score on a Stanislaus State fielding error.

Stanislaus State got on the board with three runs in the fourth inning and added a run in the fifth inning.

Minot State will make its 2018 home debut this weekend by hosting Mayville State and Dickinson State in the Air-Supported Dome at Herb Parker Stadium.

On Saturday, the Beavers will host Mayville State at 10 a.m. and then meet Dickinson State at noon.

The Beavers will face Dickinson State at 10 a.m. on Sunday and Mayville State at 2 p.m.

— Minot State athletics