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MSU baseball advances to NSIC Championship

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Darrel Doll and the Minot State baseball team showed their will to survive on Saturday by claiming a pair of loser-out victories to advance to today’s NSIC Championship.

The No. 4-seeded Beavers immediately found themselves in a hole during Game 1 against No. 8-seeded Winona State as the Warriors jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the end of the first inning. Now trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the second, Doll got the Beavers on the board with a solo home run.

But the Roseville, California, native wasn’t finished. Trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the third inning, Doll went the distance again for a two-run homer to trim the deficit to three. Finally, tied 10-10 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the senior hit his third home run of the contest to give the Beavers an 11-10 lead.

That proved to be the final score, as Doll finished with a ludicrous stat line of three home runs, four RBIs and four runs on 4-for-5 hitting to keep Minot State’s tournament hopes alive.

With the victory, the Beavers advanced to another loser-out game against No. 3-seeded St. Cloud State later that day with a trip to the NSIC tournament on the line. This time, the Beavers left no doubt.

Minot State cruised to an 11-4 victory that was highlighted by Doll’s fourth home run of the day. The two-run shot came in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Beavers a 5-3 lead that they never relinquished.

Senior pitcher Jaymon Cervantes led the way for Minot State on the mound, throwing 108 pitches in seven innings and allowing nine hits en route to the win.

With Saturday’s stellar performance, Doll now holds the record for the most home runs (17) in a single season in Minot State D-II history.

The Beavers will take on No. 1-seeded Augustana today at 10 a.m. for the NSIC championship. Minot State will have to win twice. The Vikings bested the Beavers earlier in the tournament by a score of 9-3.

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Laumeyer’s success leads Beavers at NSIC Championships

DULUTH, Minn. – Freshman Taylor Laumeyer led Minot State at the final day of the 2019 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Championships with a win in the javelin while placing fifth and setting a Division II school record in the discus with provisional marks in both events on Saturday in Duluth, Minn.

On the Track

Ryan Kohler clocked a 14-second personal record in the 5K, recording a 15:47.18 to move second all-time in the Division II era at Minot State.

In the Field

Laumeyer won the javelin with provisional mark of 41.59 meters and launched a provisional mark and Division II school record in the discus with a toss of 45.51 meters.

Laumeyer becomes Minot State’s first female athlete to win an NSIC Outdoor title.

Ben Aasen collected All-NSIC honors after placing third in the javelin with a throw of 55.39 meters.

Derek Wax also recorded a podium finish in the javelin, finishing sixth with a mark of 52.67 meters.

— MSU athletics

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