Indiana scored the go-ahead run on Brian Wilhite’s single in the sixth inning and defeated the Gophers 3-2 in baseball on Sunday at Siebert Field. It was the first Big Ten series loss for the Gophers (30-15, 12-5) and first series defeat overall since March 20.
Connor Schaefbauer hit two run-scoring singles and finished 3-for-4 for the Gophers. Toby Anderson took the loss, after allowing only two earned runs in 6 ⅓ innings to the Hoosiers (28-17, 13-5), who recaptured first place in the conference.
Jake Kelzer picked up a four-out save, striking out two in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory.
Tommies win MIAC softball title
St. Catherine pushed St. Thomas to a winner-take-all decisive game in the MIAC softball tournament before the Tommies won the championship with a 3-0 victory in St. Paul, earning an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Kierstin Anderson-Glass’ seven-hitter clinched the crown for the top-seeded Tommies (38-6), who were runners-up a year ago after winning 11 consecutive championships.
St. Catherine (31-9), seeded third and in the MIAC final for the first time, forced the extra game with a 5-4 victory in which the Wildcats took a 5-0 lead after four innings, then held on when 12th-ranked UST left the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Megan Lindenfelser got the victory and contributed a three-run homer. Krista Flugstad, who took the loss for the 25th-ranked Wildcats in the championship game, worked two innings for the save, striking out Dana Connelly looking to end it.
Gusties repeat in MIAC tennis
The Gustavus men’s tennis team won its sixth consecutive MIAC championship with a 5-0 victory over Carleton in St. Peter, Minn.
Sunday’s championship match featured the only two teams to hoist the MIAC Playoff championship plaque. Gustavus won the first three from 2007 to ’09 before the Knights (17-8) interrupted the streak by winning the 2010 title. The Gusties reclaimed the title in 2011.
• Ryan Helminen of Ridgeway Country Club birdied the final hole for a final-round 6-under-par 67 and beat Donald Constable by a stroke for his first Minnesota Golf Champions title, at Golden Valley Golf & Country Club.