The Saints, facing elimination in the American Association playoffs, gutted out a 3-1 victory over Sioux City on Saturday night at CHS Field. Angelo Songco drove in all three runs for the Saints, who trail the best-of-five series 2-1. Game 4 is at 5:05 p.m. Sunday.
It was 1-1 in the sixth after Songco's RBI single in the first and a home run by former Twin Rene Tosoni off Dustin Crenshaw five innings later. In the bottom of the sixth, the Saints regained the lead when Songco's two-run double scored David Espinosa and Vinny DiFazio. Songco has all six Saints RBI in the series.
American Association Rookie of the Year Mike Zouzalik pitched a perfect eighth before the league's leader in saves, Ryan Rodebaugh, shut down the Explorers for his first save of the playoffs. Rodebaugh gave up a leadoff single to Tosoni and then a walk. With the tying runs aboard and two outs Rodebaugh retired Tommy Mendonca on a foulout.
In Game 4, the Saints will send righthander Robert Coe (11-3, 3.11) to the mound against righthander Eric Wordekemper (8-2, 4.64).
Gophers sweep 2 foes at Diet Coke Classic
The Gophers volleyball team defeated North Dakota State and Central Florida in three sets each to close out the Diet Coke Classic on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion.
Daly Santana was the tournament's MVP, while Samantha Seliger-Swenson and Dalianliz Rosado each received all-tournament honors. On the weekend, the Gophers did not lose a set and hit over .300 as a team in each of their matches. In the three matches, Santana had 41 kills, while Rosado had 35 digs and Seliger-Swenson had 113 assists.
In the morning session, the Gophers defeated North Dakota State 25-16, 25-15, 15-12. Santana led the team with 14 kills. Paige Tapp hit a season-best .667, along with five block assists. Seliger-Swenson had a match-high 38 assists along with two aces.
In a 25-19, 25-15, 25-14 victory over Central Florida, Santana hit for a match-high 12 kills. Seliger-Swenson and Dalianliz Rosado had match-high assists and digs totals, with 39 and 20, respectively.
Wild prospects lose
The Wild fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets 8-5 in their second game of the Traverse City (Mich.) tournament on Saturday.
For the second game in a row, the Wild's prospects scored three goals in the second period, taking a lead into the third, but were unable to hold off Columbus.
"We came out well," Wild assistant general manager Brent Flahr said. "We played hard and had some pretty good chances, but we were unable to score.
"Unfortunately we gave up a kind of soft little, lucky bounce from behind the net that went off one of our skates and in [for the first goal], and they got a second."
Minnesota battled back though and pulled to within a goal when Zack Mitchell scored late in the first period to cut the Wild's deficit to 2-1.
In a repeat of Friday's game against the New York Rangers, the Wild scored three goals in the second period to take the lead.
Grayson Downing scored a goal on a 5-on-3 power play, and then Brady Brassart scored twice — once on the power play, and once shorthanded — to put the Wild ahead 4-2.