NSIC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

THE MINOT STATE BASEBALL CAPPED OFF ANOTHER BANNER YEAR WITH A RUNNERUP FINISH AT THE NSIC BASEBALL POSTSEASON CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT. THE BEAVERS LOST IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 13-8 TO TOP SEED AND DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPION AUGUSTANA. THE BEAVERS FELL BEHIND 9-0 BUT STAGED A HUGE RALLY CUTTING THE LEAD TO 9-7, BUT COULDN’T COMPLETE THE COMEBACK IN FALLING TO THE VIKINGS.

THE BEAVERS FACED THREE ELIMINATION GAMES TO GET BACK TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. AFTER WINNING THEIR OPENING ROUND GAME 12-4 OVER WAYNE STATE, THE BEAVER LOST TO AUGUSTANA 9-3. IN ELIMINATION GAMES, THE BEAVERS KNOCKED OFF NORTHERN STATE 5-2, WINONA STATE 11-10 AND ST. CLOUD STATE 11-4 TO EARN THE BERTH IN THE TITLE.

DESPITE THE SECOND PLACE FINISH IN THE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT, MINOT STATE FAILED TO GAIN A BERTH IN THE NCAA DIVISION TWO CENTRAL REGION TOURNAMENT. THREE NSIC TEAMS DID MAKE THE REGIONAL. THEY INCLUDED AUGUSTANA, ST. CLOUD STATE AND MINNESOTA STATE.

THE BEAVERS FINISHED THE YEAR WITH A 36-18 RECORD AND WERE 20-3 AT HOME. IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, MINOT HAS A COMBINED 70-34 RECORD AND A 29-4 RECORD AT HOME.

THREE BEAVERS MADE THE ALL-NSIC TOURNAMENT TEAM INCLUDING THE TOURNAMENT MVP DARREL DOLL.DOLL HAD SEVEN HOME RUNS WITH 14 RBI AND A 500 BATTING AVERAGE WITH 13 HITS IN 26 AT BATS IN SIX GAMES.DOLL TIED A SCHOOL RECORD WITH THREE HOMERUNS AGAINST WINONA STATE.OTHER BEAVERS MAKING THE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM WERE PITCHER JAYMON CERVANTES AND WYATT SCHLOSSER.

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