St. Thomas and Hamline, two MIAC teams, both won Saturday afternoon at home in NCAA Division III women's hockey quarterfinal games. They will meet in the semifinals on Friday at a site and time to be determined. This is the first time two MIAC have reached their division's Frozen Four.
The Tommies (25-1-2) had the more difficult game, edging Wisconsin-Eau Claire 4-3 on three goals in the third period. Sarah Moy and Anna Erickson scored 1:31 apart to put St. Thomas ahead 3-2 at 5:32. Rachel Werdin's empty-net goal with 29 seconds left made it 4-2 before the Blugolds scored with 15 seconds to play.
Molly Garin scored three goals and Bre Simon added a goal and three assists in the Pipers' 5-1 win over Wisconsin-River Falls 5-1 at Tria Rink. The Pipers scored three power-play goals and one shorthanded.
Garin, a freshman from Mound, scored once in each period to lead Hamline (22-3-3). Jaela O'Brien, a freshman, stopped 25 shots to help the Pipers return to the NCAA semifinals for the second year in a row.
Walks lead to U loss
The Gophers lost 6-5 to San Diego in the Seattle Baseball Showcase on two bases-loaded walks in a time-shortened eight-inning game at T-Mobile Ballpark.
Minnesota (2-10) scored twice in the seventh inning to take the lead. Riley Smith's RBI single tied the score at 4-4 and Andrew Wilhite followed with an RBI double.
U softball splits
The No. 22 Gophers softball team played two games in the Longhorn Invitational, losing 5-3 to No. 9 Texas in the first and then beating Texas Southern 7-4 in the second.
The Longhorns scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning off Amber Fiser to take a 3-1 lead. Freshman Natalie DenHartog hit a two-run homer for the Gophers in the seventh.
The Gophers (14-7) built a 7-0 lead the first four innings against Texas Southern; MaKenna Partain drove in three runs on two singles.
NDSU thrower excels
Rosemount native Payton Otterdahl, a senior at North Dakota State, became the second athlete in NCAA Indoor Championships history to sweep the men's shot put and weight throw.
He completed the double Saturday in the weight throw, setting a school record of 79 feet, 1¼ inches on his final attempt. He won shot put Friday with an opening throw of 71-2 ¾.
• St. Norbert defeated visiting Augsburg 4-3 in overtime in a first-round game in the NCAA Division III men's hockey tournament. Tommy Carey, Eric Brenk and Jason Krych scored three consecutive goals in the first 13 minutes of the third period to put the Auggies (21-4-3) ahead 3-2.
• Macalester senior Phoebe Aguiar won the 800 meters (2:07.50.) at the NCAA Division III indoor track and field championships in Boston. She finished more than 3.5 seconds ahead of the runner-up.