The Gophers moved from No. 2 to No. 1 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, reaching the top spot for the first time since October 2016.
Minnesota, with 29 first-place votes, moved up one spot after a Stanford loss to Penn State and the Gophers’ three weekend wins.
Florida (21 first-place votes) is ranked second, followed by Penn State, Stanford and Texas. Wisconsin is sixth and Nebraska 12th. Eight of the teams in the top 25 are on the Gophers’ 2017 schedule.
The Gophers will play at Texas on Thursday and Friday in the American Campus Classic. They face Denver and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday and the Longhorns on Friday.
Saints drop season finale
The St. Paul Saints gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and lost their season finale 9-8 to the host Kansas City T-Bones at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
The Saints blew a 6-1 advantage before scoring two runs in the top of the ninth on Mitch Delfino’s two-run single, retaking the lead after they were down to their final strike. Chantz Mack’s RBI double in the bottom of the inning won it for Kansas City.
St. Paul finished the American Association season at 48-52 after leading the North Division by seven games entering July. Mark Hamburger tied for the league lead in victories with 13, and Brady Shoemaker tied for second in home runs with 21.
Before the game, former Gophers infielder and Twins farmhand Nate Hanson announced his retirement from professional baseball.
Coaches to be honored
The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association will induct five members into its Hall of Fame on Oct. 28. The inductees are: Annandale boys’ coach Don (Skip) Dolan, St. Charles boys’ coach Terry Knothe, former Byron coach Kerry Linbo, former Minneapolis Washburn coach Ray Ross and former Worthington coach Ron Vorwald. Ross is being inducted posthumously.
Miesville, Kimball prevail
Miesville swept Chanhassen 5-3 and 9-5 to win its second consecutive Class B state amateur baseball title. Scott Marquardt’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Kimball to a 6-4 victory over Lake Henry in the Class C title game at Green Isle.
Fireman Oscar won the $60,000 MTA Stallion Auction Stakes by 3¾ lengths at Canterbury Park. Jareth Loveberry rode the winner in the 6½-furlong race, his 13th win of the four-day race week.