Sara Groenewegen pitched a five-hitter with 14 strikeouts and also drove in a run for the seventh-ranked Gophers in a 6-0 softball victory Monday at Oregon State.
Oregon native MaKenna Partain had three hits and Groenewegen, Sydney Dwyer and Kendyl Lindaman had two hits for the Gophers (22-2). Dwyer had a two-run double, giving her 32 RBI, Lindaman hit her team-leading sixth home run.
Groenewegen, staked to a 3-0 first-inning lead after the start of the game was delayed an hour by rain, improved to 10-1.
Gophers gymnast Holst is chosen all-conference
Gophers senior Bailie Holst was among 16 gymnasts selected to the All-Big-Ten first team announced Monday.
Holst was the all-around champion at the Big Five gymnastics meet over the weekend in Iowa, and shared the league’s gymnast of the week award with Nebraska’s Jennie Laeng. It was Holst’s first weekly award.
Minnesota’s Bailey Abernathy and Ciara Gardner made the second team.
The Gophers women will compete at the Big Ten championships Saturday at Rutgers.
• The Big Ten also selected Gophers sophomore Justin Karstadt as its men’s gymnast of the week.
Former Gophers assistant fired as Illinois State coach
Barb Smith, part of four NCAA tournament teams during six years as a Gophers women’s assistant basketball coach from 2004-05 to to 2009-10, was fired as head coach at Illinois State.
The Redbirds went 28-93 in four seasons under Smith.
Smith also served as a head coach at San Diego State (1997-2002) and an assistant at Colorado, St. Louis and California.