Bemidji State's Nelson, Curb gain all-NSIC golf honors; Beavers place second as team
Bemidji State's Jesse Nelson and Chris Curb had top-five finishes and earned all-conference honors Sunday at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men's golf tournament at The Jewel in Lake City, Minn.
The Beavers posted the low team score for the third straight day of the five-round event, but it wasn't enough to catch Minnesota State Mankato. The Mavericks took the team title by seven shots over Bemidji.
Nelson, a junior from Pine River, had scores of 77-74-72-73-70 to finish third. Curb, a freshman from Bemidji, posted scores of 73-76-69-74-76 to place fifth.
It is the first time since 2006 that BSU placed two players on the all-NSIC squad.
The unique conference tournament is comprised of five 18-hole rounds spread over six months. The first two rounds of the event took place Oct. 4-5 at Hastings Country Club, with the final three rounds of the 90-hole championship played at The Jewel.
The Beavers opened play this spring 23 strokes off the lead. BSU finished second at the conference meet for the sixth year in a row.
Other Bemidji finishers were Jim Foss in seventh place and Casey Hall in a tie for 15th. Ben Moen and Josh Dale also competed for the Beavers.
During the next seven days, BSU will participate in three different events taking it as far as Onalaska, Wis. BSU opens the busy week with a triangular versus St. Cloud State and St. John's at Territory Golf Course in St. Cloud on Wednesday.
The Bemidji State baseball team scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning of game two of an NSIC doubleheader at Upper Iowa Sunday, helping it to a 6-5 win that salvaged a split with the Peacocks.
The Beavers lost game one 8-0.
Jeff Schaper's two-run single with two outs in the seventh helped the Beavers rally from a 4-3 deficit to end a four-game losing streak in the nightcap.
The Beavers, 13-22 overall and 4-14 in the NSIC, hosts Southwest Minnesota State at 2 p.m. Wednesday in a doubleheader.
All-America sprinter Kristi Buerkle paced the BSU track and field teams Sunday at the Marauder Open in Bismarck, N.D. She captured top honors in the 200- and 400-meter dash events.
Shelly Saska finished second in the 1,500-meter run, Chelsea Preble took second in the javelin and Michelle Ohman finished third in the 800-meter run.
The BSU men also fared well in the meet. For the second consecutive meet, Raphel Gelo took second place in the pole vault. Brian Leonhardt took third in the shot put. On the track, Marc Sizer posted a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles and the Beavers swept the top four spots in the steeple chase. Abe Hartsell led the way, followed by Dominique Trom, Brian Quigley and Pat Diedrich.
The BSU outdoor track and field teams will be back in action Saturday when they travel to Duluth to compete in the 2010 Bulldog Open.
The Bemidji State University softball lost Sunday's doubleheader to NSIC foe Upper Iowa by scores of 4-1 and 8-3 at Fayette, Iowa.
Kaitlin Hill went 3 for 3 in the first game. The Beavers led by three in the second game before Upper Iowa rallied for five runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.
In the past six games, BSU's Jamie Ford has batted 9 for 20 and Hill has gained at least one hit in the past four games, going 6 for 12.
The Beavers continued their five-day road trip Monday with a stop in Wahpeton, N.D. for a nonconference doubleheader against North Dakota State College of Science.
Marissa Mackedanz led the Beavers with a 36th-place finish Sunday at the Augustana Invitational at Sioux Falls, S.D.
The Beavers finished 11th as a team.
Bemidji State's other finishers were Kathryn Stoffels in 39th, Lindsay Morgan in 53rd and Gretchen Trosen in 54th.
Bemidji State will be back in action Saturday and Sunday at the Maverick Invitational in Mankato.