Gophers softball coach Jessica Allister addressed the need to replace All-America pitcher Sara Groenewegen on Wednesday, adding a transfer from LSU with Minnesota roots.
Sydney Smith, who went 54-1 at Maple Grove High School and posted a 1.64 ERA at LSU over two years, comes to the Gophers with two years of eligibility left. Smith was the 2015 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year.
"Sydney will add experience and depth to our young pitching staff," Allister said in the news release. "We can't wait to get her on campus and into a Gopher uniform this fall."
NCAA Division I softball has a different transfer rule than football, basketball and baseball that allows a player to switch schools once in her career without having to sit out for one season.
Smith was 13-4 with a 1.16 ERA in 2016 and 12-7 with a 2.08 ERA this past season for an LSU team that advanced to the Women's College World Series.
U golf coach second
Gophers women's golf coach Michele Redman finished second in the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick Resort in Indiana. Redman, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour before becoming Gophers coach in 2011, shot a 1-over 73 on Wednesday to finish at 1 under for the tournament, three shots behind Trish Johnson of England. They were the only two under par in the 81-player field.
Pittman on U.S. team
Gophers redshirt freshman Regan Pittman, a 6-5 middle blocker from Spring Hill, Kan., was named to the U.S. team for the FIVB U20 World Championship, starting Friday in Boca del Rio and Cordoba, Mexico.
• The Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame will grow by six members Sept. 16 in St. Cloud. The 2017 inductees will be former Winona State coach Gary Grob, Terry Helget (Essig), Larry Klunder (Arlington), Tom Koplitz (Cambridge), Harley Oyloe (Fergus Falls) and Charlie Peik (Gaylord).
• The Sioux Falls Canaries scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the St. Paul Saints 6-3. Brady Shoemaker and Tim Colwell hit solo homers for the Saints, who also got an RBI double from Nate Hanson. Saints starter Ryan Zimmerman went 5⅓ innings, giving up one run and two hits. He also set an American Association record by hitting five batters, including three in one inning.