The No. 4 Gophers routed Purdue 9-1 in six innings and 12-2 in five innings on Saturday afternoon in Big Ten softball to extend their winning streak to 19 games, tying the program record, which they set earlier this season.
In the opener, Sara Groenewegen had a no-hitter for 4⅓ innings — before she gave up a homer — on the heels of her 5-inning no-hitter the night before. She finished with 10 strikeouts and no walks in 5⅓ innings and gave up just that one hit. Kendyl Lindaman, her freshman catcher, led the offense. She was 2-for-3 with four RBI.
Lindaman stayed hot in the second game, hitting two homers, her 17th and 18th of the season. The school single-season record was 15 until this season.
Sydney Dwyer and Sam Macken also hit homers for Minnesota (48-3, 19-1 Big Ten). Dwyer had a solo homer, her ninth, and added two other hits for five RBI. Macken hit a grand slam.
Dwyer has 69 RBI, the second most in a single season in program history, while Lindaman has 64, the third most.
Purdue falls to 17-35, 6-14.
Illini sweeps Gophers
Illinois scored seven runs in the ninth inning, four on a grand slam, to beat the Gophers 11-5 in the first game of a Big Ten doubleheader at Siebert Field. And Minnesota fared even worse in the second game, losing 14-1. The Illini scored eight runs in the third inning to take a 10-0 lead.
In the opener, closer Brian Glowicki gave up four runs, two hits, a walk and hit a batter without getting an out and took the loss. Micah Coffey and Cole McDevitt were each 2-for-4 for the Gophers with one RBI.
Jack Yalowitz hit a grand slam for Illinois (18-23, 5-10 Big Ten) in Saturday's first game, Bren Spillane hit another in the second. The Gophers (25-14, 9-6) are 2-6 in their past eight conference games after a 7-0 start.
Wright picks Colorado
Champlin Park senior point guard McKinley Wright, who got a release from his letter of intent to Dayton, announced his commitment to Colorado on Friday on Twitter.
The 6-1 Minnesota Mr. Basketball winner was visiting the campus in Boulder.
Following Dayton coach Archie Miller's departure to Indiana earlier this month, Wright reopened his recruitment after receiving a release from the Flyers.
He heard from schools such as Baylor, Butler, Tennessee and Clemson. Wright was the Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year.
U second on track
Taylor Wiebke set a Gophers' record in the high jump, and Minnesota also won four other events at the Longhorn Invitational in Austin to finish second with 134 points behind host Texas (141). Wiebke cleared 6 feet, ¾ inches.
Kimberly Golding won the 100-meter hurdles (12.87), Emerald Egwin captured the 400 (53.19), Agnes Esser took the discus (177-6) and Lexi Kiefer topped the unseeded pole vault (13-1½).
• Ryan Lockard of the Gophers finished second in the high jump (6-11½) at the Drake Relays. The distance medley relay of Derek Wiebke (Taylor's brother), Jackson Wellenstein, Mitch Hechsel and Shane Streich also was second (9:58.10).
• The Gophers were tied for ninth place with Indiana after two rounds of the Big Ten men's golf tournament at the Baltimore Country Club with a score of 586. Minnesota freshman Thomas Longbella, who was in second after the first round, shot a 6-over 76 and dropped to a tie for 13th at 142.
• Benjamin Sathre of Chaska (29:00) and Kenyan Margaret Maina of Dallas (34:37) won the Get in Gear men's and women's 10K races.