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Bemidji State's Menton takes first place at Wayne State golf tournament

WAYNE, Neb. -- Danny Menton fired a 3-under-par 141 (68-73) to earn medalist honors and guide the Bemidji State men's golf team to a second-place finish at the Wayne State Spring Invitational golf tournament Monday.

Nebraska-Kerney won the team title with a 36-hole total of 591, five strokes ahead of BSU and Minnesota State Mankato.

Menton led from start to finish, riding a tournament-best 4-under 68 on Sunday. The senior from Hutchinson, Minn., cruised to a six-stroke victory. He was the only golfer to finish the two-day event under par.

The Bemidji State women's team opened its spring season with a second-place finish.

Sophomores Maria Sloan and Rachel Wold tied for 12th place individually, posting matching scores of 181 to lead the Beavers.

BSU shot 737 over two days to finish 69 strokes off the pace set by Concordia-St. Paul.

Baseball drops two

BEMIDJI - The Bemidji State baseball team fell 3-0 and 8-2 to Minnesota Duluth in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader Sunday at the BSU baseball field.

The Beavers split the four-game series with the Bulldogs and moved to 12-10 overall with a 5-3 NSIC record.

BSU posted two hits in the first inning of Sunday's opener but could only muster two more hits the rest of the way. Logan Kalis gave BSU a chance on the mound, as he allowed just one hit until the top of the sixth inning. In the sixth frame Kalis and the Beavers were able to get two outs but a couple UMD hits and two BSU errors allowed the road team to score three unearned runs. Those miscues proved to be costly as the Beavers lost the game 3-0.

Kalis (2-3) allowed just three hits and struck out four.

The Bulldogs jumped on the Beavers in the nightcap, scoring two runs off three hits in the top of the first off BSU starter Miles Campbell.

UMD added three unearned runs in the fifth.

The Beavers used a four-hit sixth to cut the deficit to 5-2. Trevor Purvis got Bemidji State started with a lead-off double to right center. Kean Paxton banged a wind-guided single to center and Zach Braun doubled down the left field line. Paxton later scored on a Jaryd Marks ground out.

UMD got the two runs back in the top of the eighth off reliever Ryan Anderson.

The Beavers threatened in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with one out, but failed to get a run across and went into the ninth trailing 7-2. A home run by UMD in the ninth made the final 8-2.

Bemidji State managed seven hits in the nightcap, two of them by Purvis.

The Beavers continue their homestand Friday and Saturday with doubleheaders starting at noon against Upper Iowa.

Wayne sweeps softball team

WAYNE, Neb. - Courtney Anderson pitched a two-hit shutout through five innings in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader but the Bemidji State softball team fell 2-0 to Wayne State.

Wayne State also took the opener 6-1 to drop BSU to 7-20 overall and 0-10 in the NSIC. The Wildcats improved to 17-15 and 3-7.

Sunday's opener Kelsey Saralampi got the start on the BSU mound and went 6.2 innings. Saralampi gave up only three earned runs on seven hits through five innings before a series of errors in the field allowed three unearned runs to widen the gap to 6-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning.

In the upper sixth BSU scored its run on a bases-loaded walk to Nicole Dupay which scored Courtney Loegering.

Megan Beard had three hits to pace Bemidji State's offense.

Anderson and Wayne State pitcher Kelcie Bormann dominated the second game. Both pitchers were tossing shutouts until the bottom of the sixth when Wayne State scored two runs on a single and a home run.

Anderson went six innings for the Beavers giving up two runs on five hits. Bormann went a full seven innings for the Wildcats and only gave up singles to Summer Monsrud and Kayla Babinski.

BSU hosts MSU Moorhead today in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

Tennis team falls

FARGO - Bemidji State's tennis team dropped an 8-1 decision Sunday at Minnesota State Moorhead.

BSU won at fifth singles where Meg Hafdahl posted a 5-7, 6-2, 10-6 victory.

Falling in singles action were Britney Greenwaldt at (6-0, 6-1), Kelli Christiansen at (5-7, 6-2, 10-8), Caley Westin (6-3, 7-5), Miranda Milless (6-1, 6-2), Hafdahl and Abby Vohaska (6-0, 6-0).

BSU also dropped all three doubles matches.

The Beavers will end their regular season April 14 at St. Cloud against Upper Iowa and Southwest Minnesota State.