SOFTBALL
The No. 12/8 University of Minnesota Gophers earned a 3-0 shutout over North Dakota State in the NCAA Minneapolis Regional opener behind a complete game gem from Amber Fiser this evening.

The Gophers advance to the winner’s bracket and will face Georgia tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. TV channels will be announced in the morning. Georgia defeated Drake 6-4 on a walk-off in the eighth inning to advance in the first game of the evening.

Fiser got the nod in the circle and struck out 12 batters while not allowing a single walk. This is the 14th time this season that she has hit double-digit strikeouts. The junior ace gave up only three hits and didn’t allow a single walk. With the shutout win, she improves to 27-7 on the season with a 1.20 ERA.

After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the Gophers plated a run in the bottom of the second to take an early 1-0 lead. Katelyn Kemmetmueller scored the run for the Gophers. She was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on an error and scored on a passed ball.

Minnesota tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth to extend their lead to 2-0. Carlie Brandt blooped a single to shortstop and moved to third on a throwing error on the next play. She was sent home on Maddie Houlihan’s sacrifice fly to center field.

The Gophers loaded the bases in the fifth inning and were a few feet away from breaking the game open. Kemmetmueller hit a deep fly to the warning track in cente with two outs on the board.

The Maroon and Gold loaded up the bases again in the bottom of the sixth. Hope Brandnerdrew an RBI-walk to score Ali Lindner for some insurance.

With rain pouring down and two outs on the board Fiser fired in her 11th strikeout of the game but it hit the dirt and scooted away to keep NDSU alive. She came right back with her 12th strikeout to officially seal the victory.


BASEBALL
EVANSTON, Ill. – The Gopher Baseball team stumbled Friday as Northwestern evened their Big Ten Conference series at a game apiece, taking game two 10-3 after a runaway seven-run fifth inning at Miller Park.

Freshman Zack Raabe went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, driving in a run in the ninth inning, but his offensive output would not be enough to push Minnesota (25-26, 14-9 Big Ten) to a third-straight victory.

Sophomore Ryan Duffy (0-2) made his first start for the Gophers, working in and out of trouble in the first four innings but surrendering three runs, including a home run, before heading out for the fifth in the longest outing of his career. Duffy left with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth, and Northwestern (24-26, 11-12 Big Ten) would get a bases-clearing double in the inning from both Casey O’Laughlin and Shawn Goosenberg to eventually plate seven runs in the inning.

Mike Doherty (5-1) held the Maroon & Gold scoreless on four hits through six innings before Jack Wassel clubbed his second home run of the weekend and fourth of the season leading off the seventh, putting Minnesota on the board. A bases loaded walk drawn by Eduardo Estrada, Jr. later in the inning brought home another run. Doherty finished his day with 6.1 innings pitched, six hits allowed and five strikeouts with just the two runs allowed.

Raabe’s second double of the day scored Chase Stanke in the ninth, but the Gophers would get no closer on the day.

NOTABLE
Raabe hit a first inning double for the second-straight game to extend his hitting streak to eight games … Chicago native J.P. Massey struck out the first four batters he faced in his return to his home state, finishing with five in 3.0 hitless, shutout innings … Ben Mezzenga went 2-for-5 in his return to the line-up, playing in his first game since May 4.

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