The Gophers softball team lost 2-0 to No. 12 Arizona on Saturday afternoon in the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. The loss ended a five-game winning streak for No. 23 Minnesota (10-6).
Taylor McQuillin, who got her fourth shutout in her past five starts, held the Gophers to two hits and struck out 10. Their best scoring chance came in the fifth inning when Katelyn Kemmetmueller tripled, but she was later thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice.
Sydney Smith and Rachel Lowary held the Wildcats to four hits, but one was Jessie Harper’s two-run home run in the first. She has 10 homers this season.
In an earlier game, Amber Fiser struck out a career-high 13 as the Gophers beat Drake 4-1. Ali Lindner had a two-run single in second inning.
U baseball loses twice
The Gophers baseball team lost 3-2 and 8-4 to North Carolina State in Raleigh in a baseball doubleheader. In the first game, the Wolfpack scored all three of its runs in the fourth inning off sophomore Patrick Fredrickson, who lasted only 4⅓ innings. Cole McDevitt hit a solo homer for Minnesota and catcher Eli Wilson extended his hitting streak to nine games.
North Carolina State jumped on Sam Thoresen of the Gophers (2-7) for six runs in the first inning of the second game. He got only one out before Max Meyer relieved him and held the Wolfpack to one run in 4⅔ innings.
McDevitt had another solo homer and an RBI single while teammate Zack Raabe had a two-run double in the ninth.
• Bowen Becker of the Gophers won the 100-yard freestyle (41.71) at the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in Iowa City. He won the 50 freestyle earlier.
• The No. 11 Gophers women’s gymnastic team posted its second highest score ever in beating Pittsburgh 197.500 to 193.400 in its last home meet this season.
• Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night on ESPN will be returning to Target Center on Saturday, June 29. It was last there Oct. 5, 2012.
• St. Thomas defeated visiting Hamline 2-0 in the title game of the MIAC women’s hockey playoffs. Kenzie Torpy had 30 saves for the shutout; Estee Frantz and Sarah Moy scored the goals for the Tommies in the first and second periods, respectively.
• The Gophers women’s tennis team, coached by Catrina Thompson, lost 6-1 to Denver, coached by Thompson’s twin sister, Christian, in Houston.