Toby Hanson hit a solo homer and Dan Motl and Austin Athmann had RBI doubles in a three-run seventh inning as the Gophers beat Utah 6-1 on Friday night in their baseball opener in Surprise, Ariz.

Junior righthander Matt Fiedler got the victory, giving up only one run and two hits in 5⅔ innings. He also had an RBI single.


U ace throws no-hitter

Junior righthander Sara Groenewegen pitched a no-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Gophers beat Virginia Tech 8-0 in five innings in Tallahassee, Fla., in the Big Ten/ACC softball Challenge.

Paige Palkovich hit a three-run homer for the No. 20 Gophers (4-2) and five other players had one RBI, including Groenewegen on a sacrifice fly. She also doubled for one of Minnesota’s 10 hits. The Hokies committed four errors as well.


United cuts Campos

Brazilian forward Pablo Campos was released by Minnesota United after three seasons. He is the all-time leading scorer in the modern era of the North American Soccer League.

“Pablo has meant a lot to this club throughout his time here,” said Manny Lagos, United sporting director. “We knew he was a very talented player when we signed him and he proved to be a tremendously valuable asset both on and off the field.”

Campos, 33, had 20 goals and six assists in 56 games with the Loons, but missed most of the 2014 season because of a torn ACL in one of his knees.


Birkie’s Saturday

More than 10,000 cross-country skiers are expected to compete Saturday in the American Birkebeiner, which runs from Cable to Hayward, Wis.

There’s an added twist to the marathon race this year. With the recent cancellation of two FIS Worldloppet Cup races in Estonia and France, the American Birkebeiner was named a FIS Worldloppet Cup Race.

The men’s favorite is Ivan Babikov of Canada. He is a staple on the World Cup circuit and excels in distance races. American Kris Freeman, a 17-time national champion, is another of the elite skiers entered.

The women’s favorite is Caitlin Gregg of the U.S., a two-time Birkie champion and a bronze medal winner in the 2015 World Championships.


U rules diving

Gophers junior Yu Zhou, one day after winning the 1-meter diving title, took fist place in the 3-meter event (407.05 points) in the Big Ten women’s swimming and diving championships in Columbus, Ohio. Teammate Tenenbaum was third.

In swimming finals on Day 3, freshman Brooke Zeiger took second in the 400-yard individual medley (4:10.19) and freshman Danielle Nack third in the 100 butterfly (52.64). Minnesota’s 400 medley relay was fourth (3:35.48).



• For the second year in a row, Gophers cross country runners Aaron Bartnik and Adam Zutz were named USTFCCCA all-academic honorees.

•  St, Catherine assistant women’s tennis coach Megan Gaard was promoted to co-head coach.