The No. 10 Gophers swept a softball doubleheader from Iowa at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, winning both games in five innings by 8-0 scores.
It also gave the Gophers 40 wins for the second season in a row.
Sara Groenewegen pitched a one-hitter for the Gophers (40-8, 14-3 Big Ten) in the opener and also hit a two-run homer, her 10th of the season. The Hawkeyes' only hit came in the third inning when Sammi Gyerman got an infield single, otherwise Groenewegen would have had back-to-back no-hitters. She beat North Dakota State 8-0 Wednesday when she pitched her second no-hitter of the season.
The Gophers hit three homers in the second game. Kaitlyn Richardson hit a solo homer in the second inning and, in the fifth, Erica Meyer hit a two-run homer and Sam Macken a three-run blast which ended the game.
Kylie Stober and Nikki Anderson combined on a three-hitter against Iowa (16-36, 7-12) in the second game.
The sweep keeps the Gophers in second place in the conference race, two games behind Michigan, which is 17-2 in the Big Ten.
U baseball team splits
Senior Ben Meyer pitched a six-hitter as the Gophers beat Michigan 2-1 on Saturday in the first game of a Big Ten baseball doubleheader at Siebert Field, but the Wolverines won the second game 4-2 to end the Gophers' six-game winning streak.
Meyer struck out six and walked one and the Gophers scored both their runs in the fifth in the opener. Matt Halloran singled, stole second base and scored on Jordan Smith's single to tie the score at 1-1. Smith scored on Matt Fiedler's single.
Michigan (26-17, 10-7 Big Ten) won the second game by breaking a 2-2 tie with single runs in the seventh and ninth. The Gophers (18-20, 7-10) scored their two runs on Smith's single in the fifth.
• The Edmonton Rush, which has clinched the Western Division title, defeated the Minnesota Swarm 16-12 in the National Lacrose League at Xcel Energy Center. The Rush (12-5) led by only a goal at halftime but outscored the home team 6-0 in the third period to take a 14-7 lead. Robert Church led Edmonton with three goals and four assists. Jordan MacIntosh and Miles Thompson each had hat tricks for the Swarm (5-12).
• Ohio State beat the Gophers 4-0 in the semifinals of the Big Ten men's tennis tournament at Illinois. The Buckeyes won the double point and got quick wins, in succession, at No. 4, 6 and 5 singles to clinch the match.
• The Gophers men's golf team was tied for fifth place in the Big Ten meet in Evansville, Ind., with a three-round score of 882, 18 over par but only five shots behind second place Ohio State. Gophers sophomore Jose Mendez, a co-medalist a year ago, was tied for fifth with a 2-under 214. He shot a 70 his third round after two 72s.
• After two rounds of the Big Ten women's golf meet in Indianapolis, Ind., the Gophers were tied for eighth. Their top golfer was Emie Peronnin, tied for 19th at 149.
• Oklahoma State's Kenzie Neisen, a freshman from New Prague, shot a 2-under 70 to take the second-round lead in the Big 12 women's golf championship in San Antonio. She is at 5-under 139 and holds a three-stroke advantage.
• Augustana will take a 16-stroke lead into the final round of the NSIC women's golf meet on Sunday at Dacotah Ridge Golf Course in Morton, Minn. The Vikings, led by Sierra Langlie, a freshman from Andover, with a 19-over 235, have a 968 total after three rounds. Second is Concordia (St. Paul) at 984. Rachel Gray of the Golden Knights is in second in the individual competition with a 241.
• The Gophers men's distance medley relay placed fourth (9:46.09) in the Drake Relays in Des Moines; their sprint medley was fifth (3:23.47).