The Gophers landed another legacy recruit Friday when Armstrong linebacker Thomas Barber announced he is committing to Minnesota.
Barber's two older brothers — Marion III and Dom — both played for the Gophers, as did his father, Marion Jr. The 6-1, 225-pound Thomas Barber is listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com.
His commitment comes one day after the Gophers landed Carter Coughlin, a four-star linebacker from Eden Prairie. He is the son of former Gophers defensive lineman Bob Coughlin.
Gophers sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. was named to the espnW first team All-America team Friday. She becomes the Gophers' first All-America first team selection since Janel McCarville in 2005.
U softball wins twice
The No. 16 Gophers softball team defeated South Dakota State 20-3 and Pacific 8-1 on Friday in the Fresno State Classic to improve to 20-4.
The 20 runs against the Jackrabbits was a program record in the NCAA era. Minnesota scored 16 of those runs in the first inning when Hannah Granger hit a grand slam and Tyler Walker a three-run homer.
Kaitlyn Richardson was 5-for-7 in the doubleheader with a homer in each game. Kylie Stober (5-1) won the first game, Sara Groenewegen (12-2) the second.
• Gophers sophomore Luca Wieland, the Big Ten champion and school record holder in the pentathlon, leads in that multievent competition after Day 1 of the NCAA indoor track and field championships in Fayetteville, Ark. He had 3,472 points — 100 more than his closest pursuer — after four events. He took second in both the long jump and shot put, third in the 60-meter dash and fourth in the high jump. Three events are left for Saturday.
• James Madison rallied to beat the Gophers 9-7 on a three-run, walk-off homer by Brett Johnson in the PK5 Classic in Richmond, Va. Minnesota (5-8), which has won five games in a row, had 11 hits and five steals. Center fielder Dan Motl was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Right fielder Mike Fiedler was 2-for-3 with two RBI, two walks, two steals and one run.
• Unranked St. Thomas (14-9-4) plays at top-ranked Plattsburgh (N.Y.) State (23-2-2) at 2 p.m. Saturday in the NCAA Division III women's hockey quarterfinals. The Cardinals defeated St. Thomas 1-0 in overtime in last year's semifinals on their way to the NCAA title. The Tommies are 9-3-3 in their past 15 games and are led by senior forward Tara Baago of Eagan (15 goals, 17 assists).
• Augsburg was in first place in the NCAA Division III wrestling championships in Hershey, Pa., with 15 points after the first session. The Auggies had four wrestlers in the championship bracket, including Mike Fuenffinger, the defending 125-pound champion, and five others still alive in consolation. Also winning twice for Augsburg were Donny Longendyke at heavyweight, Chad Bartschenfeld at 133 and Matt Hechsel at 197.
• Four of six St. Cloud State wrestlers won in the first round of the NCAA Division II championships in St. Louis, Mo. Tim Prescott won at 125 pounds, Clint Poster at 157, Gabe Fogarty at 165 and Austin Goergen at heavyweight. Poster is 37-0 and ranked No. 1.
• In Big Ten women's tennis, the Gophers defeated visiting Wisconsin 4-2 in their Big Ten opener. Caroline Ryba's 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles gave Minnesota (10-4) the deciding fourth point.