Shortstop Michael Handel hit a two-run homer and had three RBI as the Gophers beat North Dakota State 5-3 in a nonconference game on Wednesday at Siebert Field. Ben Meyer, the Gophers’ second of five pitchers, went 2⅓ innings in the middle of the game for his fourth victory. Billy Soule pitched the ninth inning for his eighth save.

The Gophers (24-13) fell behind 1-0 in the second inning when Wes Satzinger hit a solo homer for NDSU (15-15). But Minnesota scored two runs in the fifth inning and three in the seventh inning to take a 5-1 lead.

Softball sweep for U

The Gophers’ softball team scored 25 runs in sweeping a doubleheader from Iowa State 12-6 and 13-1 in Ames. Kayla Wenner and Tyler Walker hit homers in the first game for the Gophers, who led 9-1 after the top of the sixth inning. Sara Moulton got the victory, her 23rd of the season. Kayla Richardson went 3-for-4 and had three RBI in the second game while Wenner was 2-for-3, including a two-run triple.