The Gophers softball team won two games Friday in the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., to extend its winning streak to four.
Junior righthander Amber Fiser pitched a one-hitter and struck out a career-high 12 as Minnesota won its first game 2-0 over Drake. The Gophers then battered Kent State 12-1 in six innings by hitting a program-record six homers. Hope Brandner and Katelyn Kemmetmueller each hit two homers, McKenna Partain and Ali Lindner one each.
The Gophers (9-5) also had a homer against Drake. Natalie DenHartog hit a solo shot.
Fleck adjusts staff
With spring practices approaching, Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck tweaked his coaching staff.
Assistant coaches Kenni Burns (running backs), Brian Callahan (offensive line) and Matt Simon (wide receivers) earned added titles in addition to their current roles. Burns is now assistant head coach, Callahan the run game coordinator and Simon the pass game coordinator.
Fleck also added Desmond Morgan (special teams quality control), Dustin Krause (defensive graduate assistant) and Jacob Niedermann (assistant strength and conditioning coach) to his staff.
• The Gophers got a commitment for 2020 from defensive tackle C.J. West, of La Grange Park, Ill., on Twitter. He is 6-2, 305.
U’s McHugh places 2nd
Gophers freshman Max McHugh placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke (51.08 seconds) at the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships. His time was a program record.
U baseball rained out
The Gophers’ baseball game on Friday with North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., was postponed because of rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday, starting at 11 a.m.