Ryan Dungey of Belle Plaine, Minn., won the 20-lap 450SX race in front of 48,846 fans on Saturday night at the Metrodome. He beat Ryan Villopoto for his second victory of the season in AMA Supercross’ return to Minneapolis after five years.
Dungey, a Red Bull KTM rider, took the lead from Villopoto on the 16th lap and ended Villopoto’s winning streak at five.
“Man, what a ride,” Dungey said. “Ryan and I put on a hard charge and he kept me honest the whole way. It’s been a while since I’ve been on top of box, but, man, in front of all these fans it was amazing.
“We could hear them out there. It was pretty loud, and I’ve never felt anything like it. This is amazing to win in front of the home crowd, and I never could have dreamed something like this.”
Wil Hahn finished second in the 250SX race but still remained in first in the East championship chase going into the final race in Las Vegas. He has a five-point lead over Frenchman Marvin Musquin who got his fourth victory Saturday.
U wins in baseball with few hits
The Gophers beat Northwestern 6-3 on Saturday in Big Ten baseball in Evanston, Ill., after both teams scored three runs in the first inning.
Minnesota (21-13, 6-2 Big Ten) took a 4-3 lead in the sixth when Connor Schaefbauer, who had singled, scored on an error. The Gophers scored two insurance runs in the ninth against the Wildcats (14-12, 4-7) on three walks and two wild pitches.
The Gophers’ three runs in the first inning came on one hit. They loaded the bases on a bunt single, a walk, a hit batter. The first run scored on a walk, the second on a wild pitch and the third on a groundout.
Gophers sweep Illini in softball
Sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker, the leadoff hitter, went 3-for-3 with two homers and a triple as the visiting Gophers beat Illinois 5-1 in the first game of a Big Ten softball doubleheader. They also won the second game, 2-0. Junior righthander Sara Moulton struck out 11 in the first game. She also relieved Nikki Anderson in the second game. Bree Blanchette hit her seventh homer in the second game.
• The Swarm beat Colorado 17-12 on Saturday night to clinch a National Lacrosse League playoff berth. Captain Callum Crawford scored three goals for the Swarm.
• The Gophers’ women’s tennis team lost 6-1 at No. 34 Indiana. Jessika Mozia was the only singles winner for the Gophers, rallying for a 6-7 (7-9), 5-4, 1-0 (10-7) victory.