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Bison capture 13th consecutive Summit League Outdoor Title, 27th overall

The North Dakota State women’s track and field team maintained its perfect conference meet record, winning its 13th consecutive Summit League outdoor team championship on Saturday. Combined with indoor, the Bison women have claimed 27-of-27 conference titles since joining The Summit League in 2008.
The NDSU women finished with 259.5 points, with South Dakota scoring 200 for second. The Bison added three individual event titles to their tally on Saturday. Jennie Baragar-Petrash took the 1500m title in a meet record and personal-best time of 4:16.23 – the second-best time in NDSU history.
Annika Rotvold claimed runner-up honors, giving the Bison a 1-2 finish. She clocked a career-best 4:17.90, which was also under the previous meet record and ranks her third in NDSU history. Jodi Lipp captured the conference triple jump crown, leaping a career-best 41-09.75. She now ranks fifth-best in NDSU outdoor history.
Junior Amanda Anderson won her second conference title in the discus, throwing 173-6 for the win. The Bison women finished 1-3-5 in the discus with Michaela Hawkins third and Maddy Nilles fifth. Meanwhile, Kendra Kelley became just the sixth Bison woman ever to go sub-24 in the 200 meter dash, running 23.95 for Summit League runner-up honors. She also placed sixth in the 100 meter final.
NDSU went 2-3-5 in the 5000 with Baragar-Petrash second, Rotvold third, and Kelby Anderson fifth. Peyton Frolek (2:10.34) and Katie Bye (2:12.42) finished 2-3 in the 800 finals.
The Bison women finished 3-4-8 in the 400-meter dash. Nell Graham clocked a personal-best 54.68 to place third and rank eighth-fastest in school history. Alyssa Lind took fourth in 55.63, and Grace Zimmerman was eighth.
Kelley, Zimmerman, Lind and Graham finished second in the 4x400m relay, clocking a season-best 3:42.22. Daejha Moss earned her third top-four finish of the meet, taking fourth place in the triple jump. She registered a personal-best mark of 39-09.75 (12.13) to rank 10th all-time at NDSU.
Ansley Schug placed fourth in the 400 meter hurdles and fifth in the 100 meter hurdles, posting a big personal-best 1:01.76 in the 400. She clocked a personal-best 13.76 in the 100 to rank third-fastest in NDSU history.
Freshman Bailee Dierks was sixth in the 400 meter hurdles, and freshman Salmata Korgho was eighth in the 100 meter hurdles. Senior Jocelyn Dinius, Lind, Korgho and Dierks teamed up to take fourth in the 4×100 relay.

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NDSU closes home slate with 10-4 win over SDSU

The North Dakota State baseball team set a school record for conference wins Sunday, as the Bison beat South Dakota State 10-4 in the final home game of the season at Newman Outdoor Field.
NDSU improved to 36-15 overall and 20-11 in the Summit League, the most league wins at any level in program history. The Jacks dropped to 12-28 overall and 7-17 in league play. The victory locked the Bison into the number two seed in the Summit League Tournament in two weeks. NDSU will close the regular season later this week at Eastern Kentucky. The three-game series starts Thursday night in Richmond, Ky.
Jack Simonsen led the Bison with two hits, while eight other Bison had a hit. Peter Brookshaw, Zach Solano and Calen Schwabe each scored twice, while Bennett Hostetler drove in a pair of runs. Jake Malec moved into a tie for sixth in school history with 53 runs scored on the season. With 13 walks in the game, the Bison set a new single-season school record with 227 free passes this season.
Cade Feeney picked up the win in two innings of work on the mound. He threw just 29 pitches without allowing a hit, while walking one and striking out two. Feeney improved to 5-1 in his rookie campaign. Zach Smith struck out three in four innings, while allowing four hits. Wyatt Nelson allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks, while striking out one in two innings. Gabe Pilla tossed the final inning, allowing a walk.

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Otis Weah named Stats Perform FCS First Team All-American

Redshirt sophomore running back Otis Weah can add one of the nation’s premier backs to his resume after the 2020-21 season, as he was named to the Stats Perform FCS All-America First Team on Monday.
This is the first All-America honor for Weah and the fifth year under Head Coach Bubba Schweigert that the Fighting Hawks have had at least one player selected to a team.
The Moorhead, Minnesota native also becomes the first running back to earn an All-America selection at the position since moving to Division I in 2008, joining Ryan Chappell in 2006 and 2007 as the last running backs honored. Fellow backfield star, John Santiago, earned selections in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as a return specialist and all-purpose player.
Weah burst onto the scene this season for the green and white, helping UND advance to the quarterfinal round of the FCS playoffs for the first time in program history. The redshirt sophomore led the conference in rushing yards (730), yards per carry (7.16), rushing touchdowns (9), yards per game (104.3) and total touchdowns (9). Those numbers all sat inside the top-10 nationally, with the total yards, touchdowns and yards per carry ranking among the top-5 backs in the country.
He had a pair of games over 100 yards rushing, scampering for a career-high 163 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns in a win over No. 20 South Dakota before following it up with a 13-carry, 129-yard performance with a score against No. 4 North Dakota State. Weah scored a touchdown in every game this season and has found pay dirt in each game that he has received a carry in his career.
Weah was named the runner-up for the MVFC’s Offensive Player of the Year as well as earning fifth in voting for the Walter Payton Award, presented to the nation’s top offensive player.

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Bison baseball sweeps Summit League weekly honors

For the first time this season, the Summit League Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week hail from the same program, as North Dakota State shortstop Bennett Hostetler and relief pitcher Parker Harm were honored by league officials Monday.
Hostetler collected his fourth weekly honor of the season after batting .611 during a 4-1 week for the Bison that included a key series win over visiting Omaha. Hostetler had multiple hits in all five contests, finishing 11-for-18 at the plate with a home run, five RBI and six runs. After picking up his 200th career-hit in a non-conference win over Mayville State, Hostetler went 9-for-14 against the Mavericks with five RBI and five runs.
Harm finished off a pair of 8-7 victories with two perfect innings in games one and three of the weekend series against Omaha, as he picked up his league-leading sixth and seventh saves of the season. He struck out the side in Friday’s one-run victory, then added a fourth strikeout in another perfect inning in Saturday’s one-run victory to earn his second weekly honor in the last three weeks.
The Bison moved past Omaha into second place in the Summit League standings with the three wins over the Mavericks.
Baseball Player of the Week
Bennett Hostetler, North Dakota State
Sr. | Shortstop | Bozeman, Mont.
—Posted multiple hits in all five of NDSU’s games last week, leading the Bison to a 4-1 record
—Went 9-for-14 with five RBI and five runs scored in a 3-1 series win over Omaha
—Leads league with 22 multiple-hit games on the season and a .377 average
—Earned the fourth weekly honor of his season and fifth of his career

Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Parker Harm, North Dakota State
Sr. | LHP | Mandan, N.D.
—Picked up two saves in two outings against Omaha this week
—Struck out the side in game one of the series and added a fourth strikeout in the third game  
—Earned the second weekly honor of his season

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2021 NSIC Tournament brackets announced for baseball and softball

This year’s NSIC Baseball Tournament bracket is set as regular season play concluded on Sunday.
The top eight teams in the final regular season standings will participate in the tournament, which will have a two-week format. The tournament will begin on May 13-14 with a best of three game series hosted by the top four seeds with one 9-inning game Thursday and Friday and a second 9-inning game if necessary on Friday.
The remaining four teams move forward to a four-team double elimination tournament in Sioux Falls hosted by Augustana University May 19-21. Minnesota State earned the number one seed after winning its tenth NSIC Regular Season Championship with a league record of 28-6. All games will be streamed live on the NSIC Network.
First Round Series match-ups:
(8) Sioux Falls at (1) Minnesota State
(5) Minnesota Crookston at (4) Minot State
(7) Winona State at (2) Augustana
(6) UMary at (3) St. Cloud State
The winner of the NSIC Baseball Tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region Tournament. The NCAA Central Region is made up of 39 teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (15), the Mid-America Athletic Association (12) and the Great American Conference (12). Automatic bids are awarded to the tournament champions from each conference with the final three spots awarded on an at-large basis. In all, six teams will advance to the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Meanwhile, the NSIC Softball Tournament bracket has also been set as regular season play concluded Sunday afternoon. The top ten teams in the final regular season standings will participate in the double-elimination tournament, which will be held May 13-15 at RYFSA Complex in Rochester, Minnesota.
Augustana earned the number one seed after winning the NSIC Regular Season Championship with its 28-2 league record. The league championship marks the fourth title for the Vikings and their first since 2015.
Day one match-ups
are listed below:
Thursday, May 13, 2021
10 a.m. Field A (8) Minot State vs. (9) Sioux Falls
10 a.m. Field B (7) SMSU vs. (10) Northern State
12 p.m. Field A (4) Minnesota Duluth vs. (5) Concordia-St. Paul
12 p.m. Field B (3) Winona State vs. (6) St. Cloud State
2 p.m. Field A (1) Augustana vs. Lower Seed of game 1&2 winner
2 p.m. Field B (2) Minnesota State vs. Higher Seed of game 1&2 winner
The winner of the NSIC Softball Tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region Tournament. The 42-team NCAA Central Region is made up of teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Great American Conference. Automatic bids are awarded to the tournament champions from each conference with the final three spots awarded on an at-large basis. In all, six teams will advance to the NCAA Regional Tournament.

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No. 7 UND dominates No. 12 Missouri State, 44-10, in FCS first round

Bison beats East Washington
42-20

North Dakota controlled nearly every facet in the game en route to a 44-10 victory over No. 12 Missouri State in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs from the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
The Fighting Hawks (5-1) scored on its first four possessions of the game while surrendering just 185 total yards to capture their first victory in the FCS playoffs in three tries and move to 11-1 inside the Alerus Center during postseason play.
It was another balanced attack on offense, with UND accumulating 223 yards through the air and 141 on the ground. Tommy Schuster did most of his work in the first half, finishing the day 13-of-18 for 223 yards and two scores. The redshirt freshman moves to 6-1 in his career at the helm, spreading the ball out to seven-different receivers.
True freshman Bo Belquist had his best day as a Fighting Hawk in the win, leading the team with four catches for 88 yards and a score. Garett Maag also found pay dirt with a 50-yard touchdown catch on the game’s opening drive to finish with three catches for 63 yards.
Otis Weah was held to a season-low 64 yards on 13 carries, but the redshirt sophomore found the end zone for the sixth straight game with his eighth rushing score of the year. Dalton Gee took nine carries for 29 yards in a reserve role while Creighton Mitchell ended the game with five carries for 37 yards and his first career touchdown.
Josh Navratil and Jaxson Turner added to their sack totals with a pair each, with Turner moving just a half a sack shy of Ross Brenneman for second on the program’s DI list for career sacks with 18.0.
In other college football news, North Dakota State defeated Eastern Washington 42-20 on Saturday in its NCAA first-round playoff matchup. The Bison overcame an early 14-0 deficit and outscored its opponent 42-6 for the remainder of the ballgame.
NDSU was led by Dominic Gonnella who netted 163 rushing yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. All told, the Bison gained 422 yards on the ground compared to just 61 rushing yards for Eastern Washington. Defensively, the Bison collected five sacks while not allowing any for EW.
Up next for the Bison, they plan to face No. 2 seed Sam Houston State next weekend in Huntsville, Texas.

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Softball: Omaha defeats North Dakota State, 8-0

Omaha scored four runs in the third inning and went on to defeat North Dakota State 8-0 in a Summit League softball game Sunday, April 25, at Tharaldson Park. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was canceled due to inclement weather.
Omaha (12-24, 6-9 Summit) batted around with six hits in the third inning including RBI singles from Izzy Eltze and Sydney Ross before a two-out, two-run single from Taylor Johnson.
The Mavericks tacked on another run in the fifth, Eltze lined a two-run homer inside the right-field foul pole in the sixth, and Janae Cameron homered in the seventh.
Omaha pitcher Kamryn Meyer struck out nine in the win. Meyer retired 11 straight batters before a walk to Montana DeCamp in the fourth and limited the Bison (13-23, 8-7 Summit) to a pair of singles in the fifth by Sam Koehn and the sixth by DeCamp.
North Dakota State is scheduled to host North Dakota in a four-game series next Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2.
Baseball: Bison beat Jacks
in extra innings for doubleheader split
North Dakota State scored two runs in the ninth and two runs in the 10th on Saturday, earning a doubleheader split with South Dakota State in the final games of a Summit League baseball series. The Jacks won the first game 12-2 in eight innings before NDSU took the series finale 13-12 in 10 innings.
The Bison are 25-12 overall and 14-9 in Summit League play, while the Jackrabbits are 11-21 overall and 6-10 in league play. With just two Summit League series remaining for the Bison, NDSU sits in second place behind Oral Roberts and ahead of Omaha. The Bison have played 12 more league games than Oral Roberts and 11 more than Omaha. NDSU is scheduled to host Valley City State on Tuesday, April 27 at Newman Outdoor Field. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.
Jack Simonsen led the Bison with three hits in the opener, while Bennett Hostetler, Charley Hesse and Hunter Koep each had a pair. Hostetler became the fifth player in school history to appear in 200 or more career games. Ben Smith suffered the loss on the mound, as he allowed 10 runs on 12 hits and four walks in 4.2 innings, while tallying five strikeouts. Smith dropped to 6-3 on the year. Zach Smith (two), Shea Zetterman and Thomas Bruchu each recorded a strikeout.
NDSU took an early lead as Simonsen doubled down the right field line to bring in Hesse in the second inning. SDSU tied the game with a solo home run in the third before scoring four runs in the fourth. Simonsen scored on an error in the fifth inning, cutting the lead to 5-2. SDSU answered with five runs in the fifth before scoring two in the eighth for the win.
Meanwhile, Peter Brookshaw, Hostetler, Hesse and Calen Schwabe each had two hits in the nightcap. Hostetler drove in a career-high five runs, while Simonsen and Schwabe each brought in two. Hostetler scored three runs, with Hesse, Will Busch and Simonsen each crossing the plate twice. Evan Sankey had a no-decision in the start, allowing five runs (Four earned) on nine hits and two walks in 4.1 innings, while striking out seven. Gabe Pilla picked up the win in 2.2 innings of work, striking out four. Wyatt Nelson earned his seventh save of the season in the final inning with a strikeout.
SDSU took a 1-0 lead in the first, but NDSU tied the game in the second on a double by Nick Emanuel that scored Hesse. The Jacks used a pair of home runs in the third and an RBI single in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. A two-run home run by Simonsen in the fifth cut the lead to 5-3, but SDSU scored again in the fifth to extend it. In the sixth inning, Hesse doubled to bring in Hostetler before Tucker Rohde scored on a throwing error by the catcher on ball four to Busch. Schwabe then singled to left field to bring in Busch and Hesse, as the Bison took a 7-5 lead. In the seventh, Hostetler homered down the right field line to bring in Brookshaw, extending the NDSU lead to 9-5.
SDSU answered with five runs in the seventh, taking a 10-9 lead. SDSU added an RBI double in the eighth to take an 11-9 lead. With one out in the ninth, Hostetler blasted a home run, driving in Malec, to tie the game. It was the second career multi home run game for Hostetler. In extra innings, Brookshaw singled to bring in Simonsen before Schwabe scored on a sacrifice fly by Hostetler. With NDSU leading 13-11 in the 10th, the Jacks scored a run and had the bases loaded before Nelson recorded a strikeout with a full count.

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NDSU, Iowa State softball canceled

Sunday’s college softball game between North Dakota State and Iowa State was canceled due to snow in the middle of the second inning with a 3-3 score. The game and statistics will not count toward either team’s record.
Game time temperature was 48 degrees with winds gusting from 30-40 mph out to right field at Tharaldson Park. The Bison were coming up to bat in the bottom of the second inning when the game was delayed for 35-minutes for snow and ultimately called off.
Iowa State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Milaysia Ochoa hit a one-out RBI single to score Sami Williams, and Logan Schaben hit a two-out, two-run double off the wall in left-center field to score Ochoa and Mikayla Ramos.
NDSU responded in the bottom of the first when Stephanie Soriano beat out an infield single and Montana DeCamp homered over the wall to make it 3-2. The Bison put two more runners on with infield errors before Nicole Licea’s sacrifice fly scored Skylar Padgett to make it 3-3.
North Dakota State (12-21, 7-5 Summit) returns home to host Omaha in a four-game Summit League series next weekend. Doubleheaders are scheduled for noon Saturday, April 24, and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 25, at Tharaldson Park.

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North Dakota to host Missouri State in FCS first round

Fighting Hawks to host playoff game for second time in Division I era
For the third time over the last five seasons, the University of North Dakota football program is postseason bound. The Fighting Hawks will host Missouri State on Saturday, April 24 at 3 p.m. in the opening round of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs, with the winner heading to No. 3 seed James Madison the following weekend.
This will be the third all-time meeting between North Dakota and Missouri State, with the teams splitting the previous contests. UND rolled past the Bears, 34-0, in the only meeting at the Alerus in 2017.
UND enters this postseason with a 20-14 overall record in its playoff history, including a 13-3 mark in Grand Forks. The Fighting Hawks last hosted a playoff game in 2016 against Richmond, which saw the program’s 10-game home winning streak in the postseason come to an end in a 27-24 defeat.
North Dakota also captured its 27th conference title in program history, third since the program moved to Division I in 2008, joining the 2011 Great West and 2016 Big Sky seasons. The 27 conference titles are the second most among Division I schools in the Dakotas.

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NDSU-Oral Roberts Baseball Series Finale Canceled

The series finale between North Dakota State and Oral Roberts, scheduled for Sunday, April 18, was canceled.
Rain and snow flurries started less than an hour before first pitch. With temperatures dropping, the decision was made to cancel the finale. The game will not be made up.
The Bison, 23-10 overall and 12-7 in the Summit League, return to action on Friday, April 23, with a doubleheader at South Dakota State. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. in Brookings.