Freshman wing Nathan Burke of the Gophers will be out for this weekend's Big Ten quarterfinal series against Michigan and, if Minnesota advances, probably for most if not all of the postseason, after a knee to knee hit against Arizona State last weekend.
Minnesota coach Bob Motzko said on his Tuesday radio show that one player — a source confirmed it was Burke — will be out four to six weeks. He has six goals and nine assists this season.
• Brent Gates Jr. of the Gophers was named the Big Ten second star of the week. He had one goal and three assists as Minnesota swept the Sun Devils.
U pitcher Fiser noticed nationally
Junior righthander Amber Fiser of the Gophers was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I national pitcher of the week, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced Tuesday.
The Van Horne, Iowa, native pitched three complete game victories this past weekend in the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz.
In those games she had a 0.33 ERA and 37 strikeouts.
Two U gymnasts honored
Lexy Ramler and Paige Williams of the Gophers were named the Big Ten co-gymnast and event specialist of the week, respectively. Both contributors to Minnesota's record-setting home victory over Pittsburgh (197.500-193.400) on Saturday during which the Gophers had the second-highest team score in program history.
Together the two combined to win every event as Ramler took first place on the uneven bars (9.950), balance beam (career-high 9.975) and all-around (career-high 39.650) while Williams won vault (career-high 9.900) and floor exercise (9.925).