The Gophers softball team finished its weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with two victories on Sunday. Minnesota (7-5) defeated Louisiana-Monroe 13-1 in five innings and then defeated Missouri State 7-0.
In the first victory, the Gophers scored nine runs in the top of the first inning. Natalie DenHartog hit a grand slam and Emma Burns, another freshman, a two-run shot in the inning. MaKenna Partain and Maddie Houlihan each drove in three runs.
Amber Fiser and Rachel Lowary combined on a two-hit shutout in the Gophers’ victory over Missouri State.
Fiser allowed one hit and struck out 10 in five innings. Lowary allowed one hit and struck out five in two innings.
Hope Brandner drove in three runs and DenHartog had a double and triple, drove in a run and stole home on a double steal for the Gophers.
U baseball falls
The Gophers baseball team lost 7-5 to host Dallas Baptist, losing the series 2-1. Minnesota (2-5) took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on Andrew Wilhite’s two-run homer but the Patriots scored five runs in the fourth to take the lead.
Minnesota’s other runs came on Eli Wilson’s sacrifice fly in the fifth and on RBI singles by Max Meyer and Wilson in the ninth.
• A public celebration of Minnesota State Mankato winning the MacNaughton Cup will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Verizon Wireless Center. The program will include video highlights and a presentation of the MacNaughton Cup. The Mavericks clinched the cup outright with a 6-1 victory over Alaska on Friday night before losing 1-0 to the Nanooks the next night, which ended their seven-game unbeaten streak.
• Wisconsin defeated the visiting Gophers 5-2 in women’s tennis. Caitlyn Merzbacher won 6-4, 6-2 for Minnesota (5-5) at No. 5 singles.