K-Heart Sports – 05/01/23

K-HEART SPORTS – 05/01/23 – 0700
MANKATO, Minn. (MSU) – A day after officially punching its playoff ticket, the Minot State softball team tuned up with a dominating win to start an NSIC doubleheader with Concordia, St. Paul played in the dome on the Minnesota State, Mankato campus. The Beavers used a six-run rally in the opener to ice a 9-1 win in six innings, then just missed on the sweep as the Golden Bears broke a tie late and scored a 5-3 win in the nightcap.
GAME 1 | Minot State 9, Concordia-Saint Paul 1
Minot State received contributions from every part of their lineup, as all nine starters reached base safely, helping the Beavers put nine runs on the board and beat the Concordia, Saint Paul Golden Bears 9-1 on Sunday. Freshman Kierra Fournier (5-7) got the win for Minot State. The right-hander went four innings, giving up one run on four hits, allowing one walk and striking out two. Junior Gabi Dawyduk started the ballgame and went two shutout innings while allowing one hit, walking one and striking out one. Freshman Paige Kellogg led the way offensively for the Beavers, going 1-for-2 in the ballgame with a home run, two walks and two RBI. Senior Jaycie Rostad put together a noteworthy day at the dish as well, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Junior Brooklyn Morrison also chipped in with three walks and an RBI.
The Beavers put runs on the scoreboard first, starting the scoring in the second inning. Minot State got on the board thanks to junior Lexi Barduson’s RBI double. The Beavers then held the Golden Bears scoreless before getting back on the board the very next inning. Minot State scored twice on Kellogg’s two-run homer, which brought the Beavers lead to 3-0. Concordia, Saint Paul narrowed Minot State’s lead to 3-1 before the Beavers stretched the advantage to 9-1 in the sixth inning. The Beavers bats heated up in the inning, scoring six runs, including a two-run single off the bat of Rostad. The score remained 9-1 for the rest of the game, as Minot State coasted to the win.
GAME 2 | Concordia-Saint Paul 5, Minot State 3
Senior Courtney Chatburn collected three hits, but the Minot State Beavers fell to the Concordia, Saint Paul Golden Bears 5-3 on Sunday. Freshman Calley Olson (11-3) came out of the bullpen for Minot State and took the loss. Sophomore Reegan Floyd was a bright spot for the Beavers, starting the ballgame and throwing four innings, giving up three runs, zero earned, on six hits, with one walk and one strikeout. Chatburn’s three-hit day led the Beavers offensively. Sophomore Abbey Kelley compiled a standout performance at the dish as well, going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI. Trailing 3-0, the Beavers first put runs on the board in the fourth inning. Minot State put together a three-run frame, culminating in a run-scoring single from Kelley. Concordia, Saint Paul then scored two times over the remaining three innings to break the tie and grab the 5-3 win.
The regular-season finale for both teams, the Beavers (29-21 overall, 16-12 NSIC) will be back in action on Wednesday in Rochester, Minnesota at the NSIC Tournament. Minot State is scheduled to open the postseason at 10 a.m. as the No. 7 seed and will play No. 10-seed Bemidji State. The winner of Wednesday’s 10 a.m. advances to play in the winner’s bracket at 2 p.m. and the loser will play an elimination game at 4 p.m.
MINOT, ND (MSU) – Junior Martin Rodriquez and senior Matt Malone each collected three hits to help propel the Minot State Beavers over the Mary Marauders 9-7 on Sunday in NSIC baseball. Junior Gage Yost (4-2) started on the mound and picked up the win for Minot State (26-15 overall, 17-12 NSIC). The right-hander went seven innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on five hits, allowing two walks and striking out five. In addition to his three hits, Malone had an RBI to lead the Beavers. Rodriquez added a home run and two RBI to his three-hit performance as well. Junior Shane Kary also chipped in for Minot State, putting together two hits in four trips to the plate while adding a double and two RBI. Minot State is back in action on Tuesday, closing out its home schedule at Corbett Field hosting Southwest Minnesota State in a doubleheader starting at 1:30 p.m.
Trailing 2-0, the Beavers first put runs on the board in the second inning. Junior Mark Ossanna came across to score the lone run of the inning for Minot State and get them on the board. The Beavers kept the Marauders off the board before tying it up in the third. Minot State scored once on an RBI single off the bat of senior Derek Kay, which brought the score level at 2-2. That 2-2 tie turned into a 6-2 Minot State lead in the fourth. The Beavers bats heated up in the inning, scoring four runs, including a two-run double off the bat of Kary. Minot State held the Marauders scoreless before their offense got things rolling the next inning. The Beavers scored twice on Rodriquez’s two-run homer, bringing the score to 8-2 in favor of Minot State. Mary got within 8-3 until the Beavers scored again in the sixth inning to stretch its lead to 9-3. Minot State scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Kay. Mary put four runs on the scoreboard before the game was over, but the Beavers still held on for the 9-7 win.
SMITHVILLE, Mo. (MSU) – The Minot State women held their ground over the final round to finish ninth at the NSIC Women’s Golf Championship which concluded Sunday at the Paradise Pointe Golf Club in Missouri. The Beavers shot a team total of 357 on Sunday to finish at 183-over 1,047 (340-350-357) for the three-day event. Augustana won the team title with a 54-hole total of 68-over 932, besting second-place Winona State by nine shots. Taylor Cormier led the way for the Minot State ladies, who played well as a group, as Cormier finished 34th with a 54-hole total of 42-over 258 (88-81-89), one shot better than teammate Jaci Jones, who was 35th at 43-over 259 (84-85-90), and four better than fellow teammate Holly Knudsen, who tied for 36th at 46-over 262 (83-89-90). Zoe Banack was next for Minot State as the Beavers bunched their scores well. Banack was 42nd at 52-over 268 (85-95-88). Averi Bradley rounded out the scores for the Beavers as she tied for 59th at 81-over 297 (93-105-99). Concordia, St. Paul’s Isabelle Dory was the individual NSIC champion as she shot a 6-over 222 for the three-day tournament, winning the title by seven strokes. The NSIC Championships wraps up the season for the Minot State women’s golf team.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State left tackle Cody Mauch was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft on Friday and four other Bison players signed with NFL clubs as undrafted free agents following the conclusion of the draft Saturday. Mauch, the 48th overall pick, is the seventh-highest draft pick in Bison football history. He is the third straight offensive lineman drafted out of NDSU joining right tackle Cordell Volson (2022, Bengals) and left tackle Dillon Radunz (2021,Titans). NDSU’s undrafted free agent signees included tight end Noah Gindorff with the Seattle Seahawks, left guard Nash Jensen with the Carolina Panthers, fullback Hunter Luepke with the Dallas Cowboys, and defensive end Spencer Waege with the San Francisco 49ers. This is the fifth straight year North Dakota State has had at least one NFL draft pick. NDSU had a Top 50 pick each of the last two seasons including wide receiver Christian Watson in 2022 (34th, Packers) and quarterback Trey Lance in 2021 (3rd, 49ers).
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND) – UND Graduate running back Tyler Hoosman has signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as a priority free agent, the organization announced on Saturday night. Hoosman is one of 18 undrafted free agents that agreed to terms with the Chargers after the conclusion of the 2023 NFL Draft. Hoosman had a sensational 2022 season at North Dakota after transferring from Northern Iowa. In one season, Hoosman put his name in the UND Division I record book, coming in at No. 9 in career rushing yards (1,023) and tied for No. 8 in career rushing touchdowns (12). His rushing yardage last season also sits No. 3 in UND’s Division I history for yards rushed in a single season. Last season, he ranked third in the Missouri Valley Football Conference for rushing yards (1,023) and was also third in rushing yards per game with 85.2. The Northern Iowa transfer finished his year with six 100-yard rushing games, including a career-high 147 yards in the 48-31 win over Missouri State. At the conclusion of the season, Hoosman garnered second team All-MVFC accolades and was named to the first team MVFC All-Academic Team. Hoosman joins Matt Waletzko (2018-21) in the NFL, as Waletzko is currently with the Dallas Cowboys.
UND wide receiver Garett Maag was invited to the New York Giants camp. The Inver Grove Heights, MN-native had 36 receptions for 477 yards and five touchdowns, all marks which were No. 2 on the team.
BISMARCK, ND – University of Mary wide receiver Danny Kittner has been invited to the Chicago Bears camp. Kittner led the country with 1,723 receiving yards, and caught 18 touchdown passes in 2021. The 5’10” 187 lb senior finished his UMary career with a historic stat line of 291 total catches (UMary All-Time Record), 3,651 total receiving yards (UMary All-Time Record), 29 total receiving TDs (4th All-Time). The Gilbert, Arizona native was named twice to the D2CCA All-Super Region 4 First Team, making him the first Marauders NCAA-era scholar-athlete to earn regional first-team honors in back-to-back seasons.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Byron Buxton hit a three-run homer as part of a seven-run third inning, Sonny Gray kept rolling with six strong innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4. Gray allowed one run on five hits while striking out seven batters. Continuing his historic start, Gray tied Ervin Santana in 2017 for the lowest ERA in the month of April in Twins history. Gray owns the fourth-lowest ERA in Twins/Senators history since 1913 through six starts to a season, trailing Walter Johnson (0.23 in 1913), Eddie Matteson (0.55 in 1918) and Santana (0.66 in 2017). Minnesota won three of the four games against Kansas City. Brady Singer lasted just 2 2/3 innings for the Royals, surrendering eight runs on five hits and three walks. The Royals’ 21 losses in April tie the club record for losses in any calendar month.
The Twins start a six-game road trip with three games against the Chicago White Sox. RHP Joe Ryan (5-0, 2.81) starts the first game Tuesday with RHP Michael Kopech (0-3, 7.01) scheduled for Chicago.

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