Buerkle and Vollbrecht garner Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Kristi Buerkle (So., Stacy, Minn.) and Brent Vollbrecht (Sr., RHP, Morristown, Minn.) have been selected as Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week for outstanding performances from April 12-19.

Buerkle captured three sprint event titles at the Bulldog Open in Duluth, Minn. April 18. Buerkle’s times of 12.74 in the 100, 25.62 in the 200-meters and 56.91 in the 400-meter dash each represented her best times of the 2009 outdoor season and rank her among the NSIC top 10 in each event. Her 400-meter time was just .10 off NCAA provisional qualifying pace. Her trifecta of wins marked the second consecutive week Buerkle has swept the sprints.

Vollbrecht picked up the Beavers’ lone win last week as he pitched a complete game gem versus Minnesota Duluth. The senior right-hander scattered four Bulldog hits allowing two runs (one earned) with a walk and a pair of strikeout as he helped the Beavers upend UMD 13-2 in game 1 of a four-game weekend series. Vollbrecht improved his record to 3-4 with the win and it was his team-leading second complete game of the season.

The Bemidji State track and field teams are back in action April 25 as they travel to Jamestown, N.D. to compete in the Al Cassel Relays.

Vollbrecht and the Beaver baseball team hit the road for a nine-inning contest at Jamestown College April 23 before returning to the BSU Baseball Field for a four-game series with Northern Sun Intercollegiate foe Concordia University-St. Paul April 25-26. Doubleheader action is set to begin at noon each day.