St. Cloud State defeated Minnesota Duluth 3-0 on Thursday in the second round of the NSIC baseball tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sheldon Miks' two-hitter. He struck out nine and walked none in improving to 10-0.

The win was the Huskies' 49th this season, a program record. No. 1-rated SCSU has lost only three games.

St. Cloud State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Zach Hoffman's RBI single and added two more runs in the eighth on an error and Hoffman's second RBI single.

A community team?

Phyllis Kahn, the longtime serving Minnesota legislator, is at it again, pushing for community ownership, this time taking aim at Major League Soccer.

The Minneapolis DFLer said Thursday she is introducing legislation in the House to have community ownership of Minnesota's new MLS franchise, a move that would allow fans to buy stock in the team. Under the legislation, a corporation would own the team and a private managing owner would own no more than 35 percent of the common stock.

Common stock and preferred stock would then be sold, she said, and give stock owners voting rights on any relocation or contraction of the team. "I call this the Green Bay Packer model," said Kahn, referring to the community-owned NFL team.

A decade ago, Kahn struck out in her attempt to have the Twins community-owned. In 1989, she proposed — again, without success — having the state own Northwest Airlines.

MIKE KASZUBA

Ex-U QB scrambling

Former Gophers and Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson had hoped to restart his college football career at South Alabama, but for now, he'll have to keep looking for another opportunity.

Responding to inquiries about Nelson, South Alabama associate athletic director Brian Fremund issued a statement Thursday: "[Nelson] will not be a member of the University of South Alabama football program. He remains a recruitable student-athlete, however, so no further comment may be made by members of the athletic department and coaching staff at this time."

Nelson's father, Pat, announced his son's plans to attend South Alabama last week, but somewhere along the way, the process stalled. The Nelson family could not be reached for comment.

JOE CHRISTENSEN

U adds lineman

The Gophers added another coveted in-state offensive line recruit Thursday when Chaska's Matt Kegel gave them a verbal commitment. The 6-6, 300-pound Kegel had reported offers from Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Pittsburgh.

JOE CHRISTENSEN

U softball acclaim

Sophomore pitcher Sara Groenewegen of the Gophers was named one of 10 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award while second baseman Danielle Parlich was picked one of 10 finalists for the coaches' Freshman of the Year national award.

Seniors Erica Mayer and Hannah Granger, meanwhile, were named to the Academic All-District 6 softball team.

• On the field, the Gopher will play either Rutgers or Iowa at 8 p.m. Friday in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals in Columbus, Ohio.

Etc.

• Outside hitter Alyssa Goehner will represent the Gophers on the Big Ten volleyball team that will tour Croatia, Slovenia and Italy from June 13-25. She will be a sophomore this fall.