Minnesota Scene: Gophers upset No. 3 Michigan in softball

  • Article by: NEWS SERVICES
  • Updated: April 18, 2014 - 11:30 PM

The No. 12-rated Gophers softball team got its biggest victory of the season so far Friday.

Minnesota edged No. 3 Michigan 1-0 in Ann Arbor on a combined three-hitter by senior Sara Moulton and freshman Sara Groenewegen.

Michigan (33-7, 12-1 Big Ten) had a 20-game winning streak and was unbeaten in conference play.

The Gophers (33-6, 11-3) scored the game’s lone run in the top of the third inning when Erica Meyer was hit by a pitch, stole second, moved to third on Kaitlyn Richardson’s single — she has reached base in 20 games in a row — and scored on Groenewegen’s ground ball.

Groenewegen pitched the last 2⅔ innings. She came into the game with a runner on second base in the fifth inning and got two strikeouts to end the threat.

U gymnasts advance

Sophomore Lindsay Mable of the Gophers totaled 38.850 points on Friday in the all-around semifinals in the NCAA women’s gymnastics meet in Birmingham, Ala., to finish 11th.

She had 9.900 scores in floor exercise and on the vault and a 9.800 on the uneven bars, her first event. But she struggled on the balance beam, with a score of 9.250, so she couldn’t come close to matching her winning 39.400 score in the Big Ten meet.

Hanna Nordquist, Mable’s teammate, had a 9.900 on the beam — the same score she tied for first with at the Big Ten meet. This time that score put her in a seven-way tie for second.

Nordquist, because she was one of the top four in her event, advances to the individual events finals at 2 p.m. on Sunday. So does Mable, but only on vault. She tied for second in that event.


• Duke-bound Tyus Jones nearly had a triple double on Friday night in the Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The former point guard for Apple Valley had 10 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds for the East team which beat the West 158-147. Forward Reid Travis of DeLaSalle had 10 points for the East.

• Michael Handel hit a two-run homer and Mark Tatera singled in the ninth and scored on an error as the Gophers edged Iowa 4-3 in Iowa City in Big Ten baseball. Reliever Dalton Sawyer, who came into the game in the eight to strike out two hitters with the bases loaded, got the victory.

• Gophers goalie Amanda Leveille was invited to attend the Canada national women’s program strength and conditioning camp May 7-11 in Hamilton, Ontario. The camp is considered one of the first steps to making Canada’s national women’s team.

• Illinois defeated the visiting Gophers 5-1 in men’s tennis for its sixth consecutive dual match victory. Leandro Toledo of Minnesota lost 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. The Gophers won the doubles point.

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