Newman’s arm, Doll’s bat carry Beavers to sweep SW Minnesota
Minot State baseball extended its win streak to seven behind the arm of Zach Newman and the bat of Darrel Doll as the Beavers defeated Southwest Minnesota State 10-2 and 5-2 on Friday afternoon at Corbett Field.
The Beavers are now 25-12 on the season and 18-6 in NSIC games.
Minot State 10, SMSU 2
Ryley Humrighouse doubled home Trevaun Smith in the first inning to take the quick one-run lead.
Doll launched his team-leading eighth home run of the season with a two-run shot to right, extending the Beaver lead to 3-0 in the first.
The Mustangs scored two runs in the fourth to make it a one-run ballgame.
Minot State got the runs back in the next inning when Doll ripped a two-RBI double to left center, scoring Humrighouse and Michael Borst.
Mason Gifford opened the sixth inning with a single before scoring on a wild pitch.
Borst hit a two-RBI single to give the Beavers an 8-2 advantage in the seventh inning.
Borst touched home on a fielder’s choice hit by Celestino Rodriguez before Andrew Black singled home Dawson Forcella for the 10th run of the game.
Doll led the Beavers at the plate with two hits and four RBI.
Humrighouse and Borst recorded two hits each. Borst chipped in two RBI.
Andres Hackman improved to 3-2 on the season in the victory.
Hackman tossed six innings while surrendering two runs on five hits and striking out six Mustangs. Sam Larson and Tannar Galey combined to pitch the final inning in relief.
Minot State 5, SMSU 2
Just like the first game, Humrighouse’s bat broke the scoreless tie as the junior smacked a two-run homer to give the Beavers a 2-0 lead in the third inning.
Minot State added a run in the eighth on Tyler Wiltshire’s RBI single up the middle.
SMSU plated two runs on three Minot State errors in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 3-2 game heading into the final inning.
The Beavers added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth when Borst scored on a passed ball and Geordie McDougall was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded.
Smith led Minot State with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate.
Humrighouse and Wiltshire recorded one hit. Humrighouse tallied a team-high two RBI.
Newman allowed two unearned runs on three hits in 7.2 innings of work to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Aaron Kern, Aaron Bernal and Jack Gamba teamed up to pitch the final 1.1 innings in relief.
The Beavers and Mustangs cap the series with a nine-inning game beginning at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at Corbett Field.
— MSU athletics