Minnesota Scene: Gophers softball off to best start ever

  • Updated: February 22, 2014 - 11:16 PM

The Gophers softball team defeated Army 12-1 and Hampton 8-0 — each in five innings — Saturday in North Carolina-Greensboro Spartan Classic to improve to 11-1, the program’s best 12-game start ever.

Senior Sara Moulton tossed a no-hitter against the Pirates in the second game and surpassed the 1,000-strikeout plateau in the first inning with the first of her 11 strikeouts.

Moulton allowed just one baserunner, on an error. It was her fifth-career no-hitter, tying pitching coach Piper Ritter for the most in school history.

Sara Groenewegen singled home Erica Meyer in the first inning to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead. Tyler Walker doubled to score two more in the second inning.

Groenewegen was the winning pitcher against Army and also hit a home run in the first inning.

Swarm’s tailspin continues

Toronto edged the visiting Minnesota Swarm 14-12. It was the fourth victory in five home games for the Rock (4-4).

The Swarm (1-7) fell behind 13-4 before rallying for eight goals in the fourth quarter. Toronto goalie Nick Rose made 46 saves. Jordan MacIntosh had five goals, tying a career high, for the Swarm and Logan Schuss a career-high five assists.

Etc.

Tom Reichelt of Oberwiesenthal, Germany, won the 50K skate race in the American Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wis., in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 29.9 seconds. Three Italians took the next three spots. Simone Paredi of Sormano was second in 2:14.30.4. Caitlin Gregg, of Minneapolis, won the women’s title for the second consecutive year. Her time was 2:40:57.4. Her husband, Brian, competed for the U.S. cross-country ski team in the Sochi Olympics.

• Creighton defeated the Gophers 11-4 in nonconference baseball in Fort Myers, Fla. It was the first loss for Minnesota (4-1) and the first victory for the Blue Jays (1-4). Bobby Juan of the Gophers hit a home run.

• The Wild reassigned center Jake Dowell and defenseman Jon Blum to Iowa after Friday’s practice. The Wild has Saturday off and an outdoor practice Sunday, open to the public, at Roseville’s John Rose Oval at 11 a.m.

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