Allie Arneson hit a grand slam in the first game and Sydney Dwyer hit another in the second as the Gophers swept Indiana 10-2 and 8-0 in two five-inning games in Big Ten softball on Saturday at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.
No. 7 Minnesota (35-3, 8-1 Big Ten) is second in the conference standings, one-half game behind Michigan (28-7-1, 8-0).
Sara Groenewegen won the first game, improving to 17-2. Sam Macken added a solo homer.
Amber Fiser pitched a two-hitter in the second game; the freshman is 7-0. In that game, Dwyer also drove in a fifth run on a double, giving her 53 RBI this season.
Indiana fell to 17-21, 3-6.
Honor for Elks star
Elk River senior Gabi Haack was named Ms. Basketball. She averaged 26.1 points this season and was named the Star Tribune’s Metro Player of the Year.
Haack, who will play for Bradley, led the Elks to a 32-0 record and the Class 4A state championship.
Other finalists for the Ms. Basketball award were Lakeville North’s Temi Carda, Mountain Iron-Buhl’s Chelsea Mason, Roseau’s Kiley Borowicz and St. Michael-Albertville’s Rae Johnson.
U.S. rink loses
Switzerland defeated John Shuster’s U.S. rink 11-4 in the world men’s curling championship in Edmonton, Alberta. The Swiss scored two points in the third and fourth ends to open a 6-2 lead. Sweden beat the Swiss 6-5 in 11 ends Saturday night in the semifinals. The Swedes will play Canada on Sunday in the gold medal game.
Switzerland will face the U.S. team Sunday again for the bronze medal.
Shuster, of Superior, Wis., and his rink — which includes Tyler George, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo, all of Duluth, at this tournament — took fifth in the 2015 world championships and third in 2016.
U’s men golfers lead
The Gophers men’s golf team held a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the 14-team Princeton (N.J.) Invitational.
After shooting a 5-under 279 the early round, Minnesota shot 294 the second to drop back to the pack with a 573 total.
Riley Johnson of the Gophers is fifth on the individual leaderboard after a 71 for a 141 total — seven behind the leader. Teammate Runnar Arnorsson is tied for seventh at 143.
U gymnast wins
Junior Alex Wittenberg of the Gophers took first place in floor exercise (14.550 points) in the Big Ten championships in Champaign, Ill. Wittenberg was seventh in the event a year ago.
Gophers sophomore Justin Karstadt tied for second on the pommel horse (14.600) while junior Yaroslav Pochinka was third in vault (14.750).
• No. 35 Tulsa defeated the visiting Gophers 6-1 in nonconference women’s tennis. Caroline Ryba beat Ksenia Laskutova 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8) at No. 1 singles for Minnesota’s lone point.
• The Gophers’ varsity 8 2V8 boat defeated Michigan State for Minnesota’s only victory in a Big Ten women’s rowing double dual on Lake Ovid in Lainsburg, Mich.
• Kimberly Golding won the 100-meter hurdles (13.29) in the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., while teammate Emma Spagnola took second (13.36).