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BSU sports roundup: Another recruit commits to Beaver hockey team

BEMIDJI -- Phillip Marinaccio of the USHL's Chicago Steel has committed to the Bemidji State hockey team after a successful USHL season.

Marinaccio, a forward from Vaughn, Ontario, was third on the Steel in scoring this past season, totaling 38 points in 44 games played. He scored 10 goals and notched 28 assists. Twenty-eight of those points came in Chicago's final 20 games, helping the Steel finish the season strong.

Marinaccio is the sixth player to commit to BSU for the upcoming season, and will join four other former USHL players on the Beaver roster.

Braun named NSIC player of the week

BEMIDJI -- Following a strong weekend that included four home runs, BSU catcher Zach Braun was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week by the league office, after a strong performance at the plate April 25, 28 and 29.

Braun batted .611 with four home runs and a 1.278 slugging percentage for BSU in a week where the Beavers went 2-4.

Braun went 5-for-6, hit three homers, totaled 14 bases, five RBIs and four runs scored in a 23-12 victory against Winona State April 28.

The three home runs and 14 bases tied the NSIC individual game high for the 2012 season.

The next day he recorded a 4-for-5 performance at the plate with three runs and two RBIs.

On the week he went 11-for-18 with eight RBIs and seven runs scored with 23 total bases. He posted a .632 on-base percentage with 15 putouts and one error behind the plate for a .938 fielding percentage.

Braun leads the Beavers in batting average this season with a .376 mark.

Sautbine fifth in heptathlon

ABERDEEN, S.D. -- Bemidji State multi-event track standout Taylor Sautbine finished fifth overall with a career-best 4,214 points in the hepthatlon at the 2012 Outdoor NSIC Multi Championships.

Sautbine made her mark in the final event of day one, breaking the tape in a personal-best 25.95 seconds to record a victory in the 200-meter dash.

In the opening event, the 100-meter hurdles, Sautbine turned in a career-best time of 15.06 seconds to finish eighth. The junior shaved 0.26 seconds off her previous-best to collect 834 points right out of the gate.

Sautbine fell back in the pack with a 17th-place finish in the high jump despite a season-best mark of 4 feet 6.00 inches (4-6.00).

In the shot put, Sautbine used a toss of 33-06.75 to place second out of 20 participants and earn 545 points.

Sautbine ended the first day of competition in sixth-place with 2,662 points, trailing Wayne State's Paige Pollard lead of 2,905 points.

Day two started with Sautbine finishing 14th in the long jump with a distance of 15-7.50, before launching a career-best toss of 97-05 to place sixth in the javelin.

Sautbine closed out the multi championship with a ninth-place finish in the 800, clocking a personal-best 2:38.88.

With the fifth-place finish, Sautbine picked up 4 points for the Beavers in the overall team standings for the upcoming NSIC Championships on May 11-12.