Sophomore righthander Amber Fiser threw a perfect game as the Gophers routed host Purdue 9-0 in five innings in Big Ten softball Friday. She struck out six.
“I have to give credit to my defense because I wouldn’t have been able to do without them,” said Fiser of the perfect performance. “I think we needed this, it’s a phenomenal feeling and that’s what Gopher softball is all about.”
Fiser made quick work of the Purdue offense retiring all 15 Boilermakers she faced. In an hour and 22 minutes the Van Horne, Iowa native struck out six batters while recording five ground outs, three fly outs and a line out.
Allie Arneson hit two three-run homers for Minnesota (30-14, 13-3 Big Ten), which has won 10 in a row.
U nine routs OSU
Reggie Meyer gave up only one run and seven hits in eight innings as the No. 21 Gophers beat Ohio State 11-1 in Columbus in Big Ten baseball.
Seven different players had at least one RBI, including Terrin Vavra whose sacrifice fly put Minnesota (27-11, 10-2 Big Ten) ahead 1-0. He also hit a solo homer in a four-run third inning. Teammate Cole McDevitt also hit a homer.
Wild signs prospect
The Wild signed Mason Shaw to an entry-level contract.
The 19-year-old center missed last season with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League after tearing his right ACL playing for the Wild prospects at the Traverse City tournament in September.
Shaw had 27 goals and 94 points two seasons ago with Medicine Hat.
He was a fourth-round pick (97th overall) of the Wild in 2017-
• The Gophers men’s tennis team defeated Indiana 4-1 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals in Iowa City. Felix Corwin defeated Raheel Manji 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 singles for the clinching point for fourth-seeded Minnesota (15-7).
• The Gophers were tied for 12th after the first round of the Big Ten men’s golf tournament in Baltimore. Their top individuals were Evan Long and Riley Johnson, who were tied for 29th after shooting 3-over 73s.
• Obsa Ali and Alec Basten of the Gophers finished 1-2 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:51.25 and 8:57.32, respectively, at the National Relay Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
• Temi Ogunrinde of the Gophers won the hammer throw at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville with a toss of 220 feet.