Bison Media Blog: Why Morlock is big for NDSU

Chase Morlock

I don’t know who NDSU’s so-called No. 1 recruiting target is/was this year, but the verbal commitment of Moorhead running back/linebacker Chase Morlock would be the No. 1 guy on my list, for a few reasons.

  • One, everybody who knows him has chimed in on what a competitive work ethic he has, something that NDSU has built its FCS national standing on. You can’t have enough of these guys.
  • Two, he’s from a backyard school that hasn’t produced many NDSU players over the years...

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Avalanche defeat Wild for 2-0 lead in playoff seriesComments Off

DENVER – Centers Nathan MacKinnon and Paul Stastny had a goal and three assists each, left winger Gabe Landeskog had two goals and the Colorado Avalanche took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots for the Avalanche, who are 12-0 when winning the first two games of a series since moving to Colorado in 1995.

Game 3 is Monday in Minnesota, where the Wild hope to figure out how to stop Colorado’s top line.

MacKinnon and Stastny have seven points each and Landeskog has three goals in the series.

Their play Saturday chased Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov late in the second period after he allowed three goals on 14 shots.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper came on and had 14 saves before coming off for an extra skater with 2:26 left and Minnesota down 3-1.

Defenseman Marco Scandella scored to make it a one-goal game with 1 minute 19 seconds left, but Stastny scored into the empty net with 15 seconds left.

Center Charlie Coyle also scored for the Wild, who have lost five straight playoff games to Colorado dating back to the 2008 season.

Landeskog broke a tie with a goal 2:58 into the second, when he took a drop pass from MacKinnon and beat Bryzgalov with a high shot to make 2-1.

Nine minutes later Stastny got the puck from MacKinnon and fed Landeskog, who shot it into the open net with 8:01 left in the second.

That was all for Bryzgalov, who has allowed eight goals on 45 shots this series.

The Wild used an early power play to gain momentum and cashed in when Coyle crashed the net and scored after Varlamov’s deflection bounced off of the center at 4:18 of the first.

MacKinnon tied it on a great individual effort. He skated past two Wild players at center ice, entered the Minnesota end and turned Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon into a pretzel before beating Bryzgalov with a snapshot at 6:20.

Colorado gained some momentum after killing off another penalty, and after starting the game down 7-2 in shots it held an 11-10 advantage after the first.

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Bison softball wins with a walk-off in Game 1Comments Off

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    North Dakota State pitcher Krista Menke slaps hands with catcher Jenina Ortega during the first game of a Summit League softball doubleheader on Saturday. Menke picked up the victory by throwing a complete-game, 11-inning shutout. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO – Fitting on the eve of Easter, the North Dakota State and Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne softball teams posted a bunch of zeros – or, to stick with the holiday theme, Easter eggs – on the scoreboard.

The opening game of the Summit League doubleheader Saturday at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome lasted 11 innings and was scoreless until sophomore shortstop Logan Moreland connected for a walk-off home run.

Moreland’s blast led off the bottom of the 11th inning and sealed NDSU’s 1-0 win over Fort Wayne. The second game of the doubleheader was still in progress at press time.

Moreland, who finished

3-for-5 at the plate, had the most success against Mastodons lefty Miranda Kramer.

“(Kramer) had been working in and out all game, but the inside pitches were her go-to pitches,” Moreland said. “We were really working on both sides of the plate. I saw the pitch come inside, I turned on it and got it.”

When the ball landed in the right-field bleachers, the Bison dugout emptied in celebration.

No player was happier than junior starting pitcher Krista Menke, who got the complete-game shutout victory.

“All I said was ‘Yes’ and ran out of the dugout to celebrate,” Menke said. “I knew we were going to come out on top eventually. You just have to give your teammates a chance to win the game.”

Menke allowed just one hit and struck out a career-high 14 batters for the Bison (25-13, 8-1 Summit League).

“Krista kept us in the game,” Moreland said. “Without her, who knows how the game would have turned out. We kept battling back and knew we had to stay strong.”

Senior shortstop Alex Bousquet was the only Mastodons batter to get a hit off Menke. Bousquet broke up the no-hitter in the top of the sixth inning.

Fort Wayne (29-13, 8-4) loaded the bases in the ninth inning with one out, but Menke got back-to-back batters to pop out to end the threat.

Kramer finished with 15 strikeouts and scattered eight hits through 10 innings, walking just one batter.

Moreland’s home run was her fifth this season. The Bison are now 17-2 in games played at the Fargodome.

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NDSU 000 000 000 01– 1 8 1

Kramer and Pugh. Menke and Ortega. W–Menke (19-5). L–Kramer (15-8). HR–NDSU, Moreland (5).


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Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562

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Packers split pair of games at baseball tournamentComments Off

MARSHALL, Minn. – Ben Strahm batted 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored as West Fargo defeated Lac qui Parle Valley (Minn.) 14-4 during a high school baseball tournament Saturday.

Austen Gilbertson chipped in with two doubles and three RBIs for the Packers.

West Fargo then lost to tournament host Marshall 4-1.

L 010 21–4 3 2

WF 109 04–14 9 3

Mortenson, Haas (3) and Lillejod. Strahm, Pfau (4) and Gilbertson. W–Strahm (1-0). L–Mortenson.

WF 001 000 0–1 1 2

M 110 020 x–4 6 3

Gooding, Shepherd (2), Newenhouse (3), Glanville (4), Nichols (5), Paper (6) and Strahm. Kovash, Rasmussen and Bock. W–Kovash. L–Gooding (0-1).

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North Dakota State splits twinbill with Western IllinoisComments Off

FARGO – Travis Stafford hit the go-ahead RBI single to lift Western Illinois to a 6-5 extra-inning comeback victory over North Dakota State in the first game of a Summit League baseball doubleheader on Saturday.

Wes Satzinger went 3-for-3 for the Bison in Game 1.

Ben Petersen batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base to lift the Bison to a 4-2 victory in the second game.

WI 003 100 11–6 10 1

NDSU 101 210 00–5 10 1

Willman, Owings (8) and McGinnis. Keefer, Jaunich (6) and Leach. W–Willman (3-2). L–Jaunich (1-3).

WI 000 110 0–2 7 2

NDSU 011 101 X–4 8 1

White, Church (6) and Reimer. Trewin and Leach. W–Trewin (3-1). L–White (0-3).

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Amy Anderson back in contention at LPGA eventComments Off

KAPOLEI, Hawaii – Amy Anderson shot a third-round 68 on Friday and is tied for fifth place at the LPGA Lotte Championship.

Angela Stanford holds the lead after shooting 67 to follow the 64 she posted in the second round.

Anderson, from Oxbow, N.D., is even with three other players at

6-under par.

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