Michigan State’s Sarah Burnham, a senior from Maple Grove, was named the Big Ten’s player of the year in women’s golf. Burnham, a back-to-back winner of the award, is on pace, at 72.98, to set the program’s all-time mark for career average.
Her 70.68 average this season is the best in program history. Burnham has five top-five finishes this season, including being the Big Ten Conference meet runner-up for the second year in a row.
She won the Class 3A title as a junior at Wayzata High School and was second as a senior. Burnham led the Spartans to the Big Ten title for an automatic spot in the 2018 NCAA field.
U softball to play two
The Gophers softball team, which has won seven games in a row, plays Wisconsin in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Sage Cowles Stadium.
Sophomore righthander Amber Fiser of Minnesota (27-14, 10-3 Big Ten) was named the Big Ten’s co-pitcher of the week. She was 3-0 in a series sweep of Nebraska last weekend and gave up only two runs, one earned, and struck out 15 hitters in 16⅓ innings.
• Minnesota’s nonconference doubleheader at home with North Dakota State, originally scheduled for Wednesday, will now be played on Tuesday of next week. The first game will start at 4 p.m. A single game with South Dakota on May 2 was canceled.
• The Gophers (25-11), ranked No. 21 in the DIBaseball.com poll, will play host to South Dakota State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Siebert Field.
• Steven Neutzling of St. Scholastica was named to the D3Baseball.com team of the week. In six games last week, the senior outfielder from St. Cloud Cathedral hit .500 (10-for-20) with three homers, five doubles and 12 RBI. He has 198 career hits.