Eli Wilson hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Gophers beat Nebraska 5-2 on Friday in their Big Ten Conference home opener in baseball. It was his first homer of the season; he also had an RBI single in the third.
Max Meyer pitched the first eight innings for Minnesota (10-13, 4-0 Big Ten), holding the Cornhuskers (12-8, 3-1) to two runs on seven hits and striking out a career-high 11. Reliever Brett Schulze got the win, striking six out in his two scoreless innings.
U swimmer places 3rd
Gophers freshman Max McHugh placed third in 100-yard breaststroke (50.52 seconds) in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.
Earlier in the day, he had the best time in the preliminaries, a program-record 50.30 seconds. That time was the fourth fastest in NCAA history.
U softball rolls
Junior righthander Amber Fiser pitched a three-hitter as the No. 19 Gophers beat Purdue 5-1 in Big Ten softball in their home opener. Freshman Natalie DenHartog had a single and double — two of the team’s four hits — and two RBI for Minnesota (23-9, 4-0 Big Ten). Three other runs scored on wild pitches.
Fiser had a no-hitter until the sixth and struck out eight. The Boilermakers (24-11, 2-2) scored their only run in the ninth.
• Junior college player Juwan Mitchell committed to the Gophers on his Twitter account. The 6-2, 200-pound inside linebacker is from Middleton, N.J., and out of Butler Community College in Kansas. He is ranked a three-star recruit by 247Sports.
• Tess Keyzers of the Gophers won the shot put (54-2½) at the Stanford Invitational; her throw was the second longest in program history.
• St. Olaf named two head coaches of women’s teams. Tracy Johnson will coach the Oles women’s hockey team. Johnson, a Plymouth native, was the women’s hockey coach at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md., the past six seasons. Whitney Frary will coach the women’s soccer team. She was an assistant coach at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the past three seasons.
• Junior hockey forward Bre Simon of Hamline was named USCHO.com’s Player of the Year in Division III.