BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Austyn Eng (So., Braham, Minn.) and Derek Masberg (RHP, 6-4, 185, Fr., R/R, Kilkenny, Minn.) have been named Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week, after outstanding athletic performances during the week of April 7-13.
Eng’s performance at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University Invitational helped lead the Bemidji State track and field team to a third place finish April 12. Eng was one of two Beavers to win an event, claiming the pole vault title with a personal-best 10-feet, two-inches. She cleared the height on her first attempt to separate herself from the logjam at the height and took top honors. The mark stand as BSU’s best outdoor vault since the 2012 campaign and ranks her 19th in the NSIC this outdoor season.
This week’s honor marks the first Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week selection for Eng and the first of 2014 outdoor season for a member of the BSU track and field team. Fellow vaulter Hailey Horob (So., Williston, N.D.) was selected to receive the award during the indoor season Jan. 22.
Masberg made the best of his collegiate debut April 10, as he earned the start and went the distance for a 2-1 victory against visiting Wayne State. The freshman hurled seven innings and allowed just one earned run on one hit (the one hit scored the lone run in the second inning). He issued four free passes and hit a batter, but fanned six Wildcats. He allowed WSC to post a .045 batting average, after the Wildcats entered the contest fourth in the NSIC in the category with a .299 average. Wayne Stat also entered the game averaging 9.0 hits per contest. After the third inning, just one Wildcat reached first base successfully (a walk in the fourth).
This week’s honor marks the first of Masberg’s career and the fifth of the season for a member of the Beaver baseball team. He follows teammate Dylan Webb (INF, RS-Jr., Ahwatukee, Ariz.), who was selected for the honor last week, Nate Heisick (LHP, RS-So., Plymouth, Minn.), the April 2 recipient, Zach Braun (C, Sr., Lakeville, Minn.), the March 12 recipient and Tyler Saeugling (RHP, Jr., Dubuque, Iowa), the March 26 honoree.
The Bemidji State University baseball team (13-14; 7-7 NSIC) returns home to begin a six-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference homestand April 18-23. The Beavers welcome Concordia University-St. Paul (18-8, 10-6 NSIC) for a twin bill Friday beginning at 1 p.m. and will wrap up the four-game series Saturday beginning at noon. BSU then hosts University of Minnesota Crookston (1-31; 0-20 NSIC) April 23 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
The BSU track and field team continue its outdoor season April 22 when it travel to Moorhead, Minn. to complete in the Concordia College Cobber Twilight.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).