The Minot State softball team had an 18-game winning streak snapped Friday against the University of Sioux Falls after a 12th-inning home run. Saturday, the Beavers responded by bashing the ball for 26 hits and 21 runs in a doubleheader sweep against Southwest Minnesota State in Bismarck, N.D.
Minot State won Game 1 of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader 9-1 in five innings, then took Game 2 12-2 in six innings. The Beavers (22-2 overall, 5-1 NSIC) held the Mustangs (9-9, 2-4) to eight hits on the day.
Rachel Hoeppner pitched 4 1/3 innings for SMSU in the Game 1 loss. She gave up nine runs (all earned) on 13 hits and two walks.
SMSU struck first in the top half of the opening inning when Morgan Peterson knocked in Chelsey Rodenkirch on a single to right field. Rodenkirch reached on a double, SMSU's only extra-base hit of the game.
Minot State evened the score in the bottom half of the inning and scored three runs in the second inning to take control. Pitcher Tiffany Friesen didn't allow SMSU to get on the board the rest of the way and finished with eight strikeouts over five innings.
"Offensively, we needed to pick up our game," SMSU head coach Missy Bruggeman said. "In order for us to be successful we need all three aspects of the game to flow and it's just not meshing well enough for us at this point."
SMSU100 00-1 5 0
Minot State131 22-9 13 1
SMSU-Rachel Hoeppner. MSU-Tiffany Friesen. WP-Friesen. LP-Hoeppner. 2B: SMSU-Chelsey Rodenkirch; MSU-Melissa Bell 2, Jen Dixon. HR: MSU-Dixon.
SMSU000 200-2 3 2
Minot State142 005-12 13 0
SMSU-Rachel Groff. MSU-Mandy Greenberg. WP-Greenberg. LP-Groff. 2B: MSU-Dixon 2. HR: SMSU-Amy Dreessen, Morgan Peterson; MSU-Katie Backes.
Rachel Groff took the circle for SMSU in Game 2 but fared no better than Hoeppner. Minot State scored a run in the first, four in the second and two in the third before SMSU got on the board with solo home runs by Amy Dreessen and Peterson in the fourth inning.
Groff allowed 12 runs (all earned) on 13 hits and six walks with three strikeouts.
Mandy Greenberg got the win for Minot State, striking out 12 batters and giving up three hits and one walk. She improves her record to 12-1 on the season.
Bruggeman was impressed with the NSIC newcomers after seeing them in action.
"They're a fun team to watch," Bruggeman said of Minot State. "The difference between them and some of the other teams in the conference is not only do they have a quality pitcher, but they have depth up and down the lineup. They can score a few runs in each inning because they have good hitters one through nine."
SMSU will be home Tuesday against Minnesota State-Mankato for the Mustangs' 2013 home opener. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.