Beavers’ tourney run comes to end

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Clock struck midnight on Minot State’s Cinderella run through the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) tournament, as the Beavers fell to the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs 2-0 on Friday afternoon.

For the third time in as many days, Reegan Floyd pitched a complete game gem, only allowing two runs on eight hits, while striking out two and walking one in six innings for Minot State.

Unfortunately for the Beavers, Bulldogs ace Lauren Dixon picked up her 23rd win of the season, as she threw another complete game shutout. Minot State only managed five hits in seven innings, while Sara Van Wickler drew the only walk of the game for the Beavers. Dixon struck out four Minot State batters.

Elle Potts hit a home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the fourth inning to add an insurance run for Minnesota Duluth, after Kat Burkhardt scored an inning earlier.

Hannah Murray hit a double for Minot State in the top of the third, in what turned out to be its lone extra-base hit on the day.

“This has been a great season,” said Minot State softball head coach Sal Rodriguez. “I am so proud of this group of ladies. They fought all season long, embraced their roles, and pushed each other to be the best version of themselves. It was a blessing to lead this group in my first season, I am very proud of our ladies.”

Following the game Rodriguez spoke about the impact the senior class has left on the Minot State softball program.

“First, I can’t thank our seniors [Lexi Barduson, Taryn Bennett, Courtney Chatburn, Gabi Dawyduk, Lauryn Deguzman, Kilee Fehd, Brooklyn Morrison and Izzy Penner] enough,” said Rodriguez. “They have seen a lot of changes in the program over their time. Each and every one has provided something special to this team; oftentimes being the vocal leaders, example setters and team players.”

Minnesota Duluth (41-14) advances to the NSIC championship game, where it will face Augustana University today at noon, with an automatic berth in the upcoming NCAA Tournament on the line. Minot State concludes its season at 24-19.


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