South Dakota State edged the Gophers 7-6 in 10 innings Tuesday in Brookings, S.D., nonconference baseball. Phil Velez of the Jackrabbits singled, moved to third on two wild pitches and scored on Zach Holt’s one-out bunt single.
Dan Motl went a career-high 4-for-4 for the Gophers, who fell behind 5-1 after two innings, and scored three runs. Toby Hanson was 2-for-5 with three RBI, one on a solo homer, and two runs scored while Matt Stemper was 3-for-4.
The Gophers, who had a runner thrown out at home in the seventh, took at 6-5 lead in the ninth on RBI singles by Matt Fiedler and Hanson.
No. 24 Minnesota, the Big Ten’s first-place team, fell to 33-16; SDSU improved to 20-31.
U pitcher honored
Junior righthander Sara Groenewegen of the Gophers was named USA Softball’s collegiate player of the week. She went 3-0 and pitched all 24 innings for Minnesota in the Big Ten softball tournament in State College, Pa. She had 29 strikeouts and threw 395 pitches in the tournament.
Groenewegen also won her 30th game and reached the 300 strikeout milestone.
The Gophers play North Dakota State at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Seattle regional.
• Matt Bingle of the Gophers was named Big Ten women’s track and field coach of the year. Minnesota tied Michigan for first place in the conference meet last weekend in Lincoln, Neb.
• Michigan senior Mason Ferlic, who once ran for Mounds Park Academy, was named the Big Ten track athlete of the year and athlete of the conference championships. He won the 5,000-meter run and 3,000 steeplechase.
• St. Thomas swept the men’s and women’s MIAC all-sports champion titles for the ninth consecutive year. The men finished with 100.5 points, based on how they fared in conference championships, the women with 117. Second was St. John’s among men’s teams and Gustavus among women’s.
• North Dakota men’s hockey team, which won its eighth NCAA Division I championship in April, will be honored during an on-field ceremony before the Twins game on Sunday at Target Field. UND coach Brad Berry will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
• Junior Myles Hunter of Minnesota State was named the NSIC outdoor track athlete of the year. He won the 100-meter hurdles and ran a leg of the winning 400 relay in the conference meet. Senior Ryan Johnson of St. Cloud State won the field athlete of the year award. He won the hammer throw in the same meet. Augustana’s Tracy Hellman was named coach of the year.
• Junior Breanna Colbenson of Minnesota Duluth, who won the 10,000 and 3,000 steeplechase in the conference meet, was named the NSIC outdoor track athlete of the year, senior Bree Woelber of Augustana was named field athlete of the year. She won the heptathlon and javelin at the same meet. The Mavericks’ Jen Blue was named the coach of the year.
• Thirty-one women and 18 men from the NSIC were named as qualifiers for the NCAA Division II track and field championships May 26-28 in Bradenton, Fla.
• Cody Cook of Hawley and Shane Johnson of Northland were co-medalists in MGA Players Championship qualifying at Cloquet Country Club. Each shot a 2-over 74.