Matt Stemper hit a three-run homer and Alex Boxwell and Terrin Vavra added solo shots as the Gophers routed Indiana 11-0 on Friday night in Bloomington, Ind., for their 12th victory in a row.

Stemper, a senior right fielder, also had a single and a double and five RBI for Minnesota (21-8, 7-0 Big Ten).

Lucas Gilbreath got the win, shutting out Indiana (17-14-2, 4-5-1) on two hits and eight strikeouts over 7⅔ innings.

U women’s basketball signs two

Paloma Gonzalez, a 5-7 guard from Spain, and Irene Garrido, a 6-1 forward for Western Wyoming Community College also originally from Spain, signed with the Gophers women’s basketball team.

Gonzalez played for Aros Leon in the Spanish League. She was rated a top-five point guard in Spain’s 2017 class.

“Paloma is one of the more electrifying playmakers internationally,” Minnesota coach Marlene Stollings said. “She brings an exceptional and savvy skill set to our program.”

Garrido, from Granada, Spain, averaged a team-high 13.6 for the Mustangs and shot a conference-best 48.8 percent on three-pointers.

“Irene has a quick release and can score with incredible accuracy,” Stollings said.

U softball beats rain, Wildcats

After three rain delays, the No. 6 Gophers softball team finally beat visiting Northwestern 6-2 in a game that took more than four hours. Freshman MaKenna Partain had three RBI for Minnesota (36-3, 9-1 Big Ten) on a walk and two singles while Sam Macken hit a solo homer.

Sara Groenewegen gave up two runs on four hits and struck out 10 in improving to 18-2. Northwestern fell to 16-21, 3-7.


• Oklahoma’s Maggie Nichols, a freshman from Little Canada, tied for first in uneven parallel bars (9.9500) and fifth in vault (9.900) in the team semifinals of the NCAA women’s gymnastics meet in St. Louis.

• Vince Varpness was named Burnsville High School’s football coach. He was the team’s offensive coordinator last season.

• The Gophers women’s tennis team beat visiting Purdue 6-1.

• No. 2 Ohio State defeated visiting Minnesota 6-1 in men’s tennis. Felix Corwin defeated J.J. Wolf 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 2 singles for the Gophers’ point.