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Beavers roundup: Hafdal leads Bemidji State golfers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Bemidji State University men’s golf team finished in eighth place in the fall-spring NSIC championship meet.

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The event ended Sunday with the second of two spring rounds at The Outlaw Course here.

The Beavers were in seventh place after the 36 holes of the fall portion of the tournament. After a round of 308 on Saturday helped the Beavers slide into sixth place, BSU posted a 330 on Sunday and slipped into eighth with a 72-hole total of 1,292.

St. Cloud took the NSIC title at 1,236 and Minnesota State was second at 1,268.

Kowan O’Keefe of Minot earned medalist honors at 78-77-77-72—304.

Bemidji State was led by John Hafdal who posted rounds of 79, 81, 78 and 81 to finish with 319 and tie for 15th. Andrew Benson and Brett Musich tied for 26th (325) and Nathan Brown was 30th (328).

Softball

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – BSU dropped a pair of tight games Sunday to Sioux Falls at the Morningside Little League Complex. The Cougars won 2-1 in nine innings before BSU erased a five-run deficit before falling 6-5 in the second game.

BSU, which has dropped 14 consecutive games, is now 7-26 with a 1-15 record in NSIC play. Sioux Falls improved to 11-17 and 6-8 in conference play.

The day’s first game had a rocky start for Bemidji State as the Cougars used an RBI single to take a 1-0 lead. However, BSU hurler Allie Duellman kept the Beavers in the game long enough to allow her team to tie the score.

In the fifth inning Lyndsey Peterson finally got Bemidji State on the board with a pinch-hit double that drove in Molly Arola. The 1-1 score held into the ninth inning when Katie Larson scored Shelby Thompson to win the game.

Duellman allowed 13 base runners and two runs in 8.2 innings of work.

Sioux Falls got off to an even better start in the second game and forced the Beavers to storm back late. The Cougars pushed across two runs in the first and added three more in the fourth, but BSU still made a game of it.

In the sixth inning, Jineane Williams doubled to right center to plate Mikayla Osterman to begin the rally. After Chelsey Watson drove home Brittany Lenander to make it 5-2, Nicole Dupay evened the game by launching her third home run of the year over the fence.

The Cougars, however, scored in the bottom of the frame to pull out a 6-5 victory.

Williams and Dupay led BSU with two hits. Kelsey Saralampi pitched all six innings for the Beavers, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs.

Tennis

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Bemidji State University tennis team lost 9-0 to Crookston and 7-2 to SMSU Saturday and ended the season 1-13 (0-11 NSIC).

In the match against SMSU the Beavers (1-13) were led by Meg Hafdahl who earned victories in singles and doubles play.

Hafdahl and doubles partner Caley Westin posted an 8-5 victory at No. 1 doubles, but after Nicci Hedtke and Evan Kolberg dropped the No. 2 doubles match and BSU was forced to forfeit the doubles match at No. 3, BSU trailed 2-1 entering singles play.

Katie Kienitz took the first singles match from Westin 1-6, 6-3 (11-9) to put the Mustangs up 3-1. Hafdahl then captured her second victory of the match posting a straight-set win over Shelly Manahan at the No. 2 singles slot, 7-6 (6-4), 6-2.

Hedtke and Kolberg each dropped their singles match and BSU was forced to forfeit the final two matches of singles play as SMSU completed the 7-2 win.

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