St. Olaf junior Julie Graf threw her third no-hitter in five days in the Oles' 1-0, nine-inning softball victory over host Augsburg in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.
Graf struck out 16 as the Oles won on Kaleigh Santmyer's walk-off single.
Graf, from Sammamish, Wash., also threw a seven-inning no-hitter with 11 strikeouts in the Oles' 1-0 victory over Gustavus on Wednesday and a no-hitter in a 1-0 loss to St. Thomas on Saturday.
Gophers, Illini split
The Gophers softball team bounced back from a 4-3, eight-inning loss earlier in the day and defeated host Illinois 10-3, giving the team two of three in the series.
The Gophers hit five home runs — by five different players — in the second game, one short of the program record. Hope Brandner's two-run homer sparked the Gophers (27-10, 8-1) to victory in Game 2. In the first game, Brandner hit a go-ahead shot in the top of the eighth before the Illini rallied in the bottom half to win.
U baseball shut out
Michigan hit three home runs and defeated the Gophers 8-0 on Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich., winning two of three in their weekend Big Ten baseball series. Winning pitcher Jeff Criswell gave up three hits in 6⅔ innings for the Wolverines (22-8, 3-2). Ben Mezzenga reached base four times for the Gophers (13-16, 6-3).