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Beavers end season with loss to Crookston 4-3

After winning the first two games of the series, the Minot State Beavers baseball club (24-15, 22-12) concluded their regular season with a 4-3 defeat in nine innings at the hands of the Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles at Corbett Field on Saturday.

Minot State fell behind 2-0 in the first, but then posted runs in the third, fifth and sixth to take a 3-2 lead. As it turned out, all three Beaver runs were unearned. Then in the seventh, MSU pitching surrendered a pair of solo home runs to Crookston which proved to be the difference in the game.

Collectively Crookston totaled eight hits compared to three for Minot State. Starting pitcher Dominick Parkhurst received a no-decision for the Beavers as he tossed four innings and struck out five while surrendering a pair of earned runs on two hits. Reliever Trevyn Badger took the loss as his season mark drops to 1-2.

Up next for the Beavers, they have clinched the fourth-seed in the NSIC Baseball Tournament and plan to begin a best of three series at Corbett Field against fifth-seed Crookston on Thursday. Start time for that contest has yet to be determined.

Beavers softball wins three of four over weekend; will start conference playoffs Thursday

In softball news, Minot State bumped up from the tenth seed to the eighth seed in the NSIC Tournament double-elimination playoff by virtue of their three wins during the final weekend of the regular season.

This past Saturday, MSU swept Bemidji State on the road as they won the first game 13-5, and took the second game 6-2. Then on Sunday, the Beavers earned a road split with Minnesota Crookston as they lost the first contest 4-1 and came back to rebound with a 9-7 victory in the next matchup.

Minot State ends the season with an overall record of 22-20, and a conference mark of 15-13. This marks the fourth straight season that the Beavers have qualified for postseason play. They finished above .500 in conference play for the first time since 2014.

MSU’s postseason opponent will be ninth-seed Sioux Falls, and tournament play will begin in Rochester, Minnesota on Thursday at 10 a.m.

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