Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli watches from the dugout during the eighth inning in Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series against the New York Yankees, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

BASEBALL
Fort Myers, Fla. – The Gopher Baseball program traveled to Fort Myers on Friday for a standalone exhibition contest against the Minnesota Twins, dropping the game to their Twin Cities pro counterpart, 16-0.

Competing against high-end Major League prospects and non-roster invitees, the Gophers began the game facing Twins reliever Randy Dobnak. For the first several innings of the game, Dobnak and company held the Maroon and Gold without a hit, before the U finally broke through with a Gabe Knowles single to right in the sixth.

Knowles’ hit would be the lone base knock for the Gophers, who were unable to break through into the scoring column.

The other highlight of the night would come from freshman right-handed pitcher Sam Ireland, who produced the only scoreless frame for the U in the fourth. Ireland walked two batters and did not give up a hit against the Twins.

Gopher starter Trent Schoeberl was saddled with the loss, tossing two innings and surrendering eight runs (five earned) on four hits and five walks. Dobnak earned the win, firing two perfect frames with four strikeouts.

Ultimately, the evening was all about the experience for the Gopher Baseball program. Members of the Maroon & Gold spent three hours prior to the start of the game interacting with Twins players and taking in the atmosphere as the two teams took batting and fielding practice.

Head coach John Anderson threw the ceremonial first pitch, receiving an overwhelming applause from the crowd while delivering a strike to home plate.


WOMEN’S HOCKEY
MINNEAPOLIS — Taylor Heise led the Golden Gophers with four points while her linemates Sarah Potomak and Grace Zumwinkle chipped in two points each as the No. 3 University of Minnesota women’s hockey team skated to a 5-1 win over the Mavericks at Ridder Arena on Friday night.

Minnesota (24-5-3, 16-5-2-1 WCHA) scored twice in each of the opening two periods as Heise scored first before S. Potomak tallied her 17th goal of the season late in the first period. The Gophers doubled their lead with Heise’s second of the game and Alex Woken’s 15th goal of the season in the middle frame.

Minnesota State (11-17-4, 4-15-4-3 WCHA) got on the board at the 3:17 mark of the third, but Zumwinkle responded with her team-leading 21st goal of the year less than two minutes later to close out the 5-1 win.


MEN’S HOCKEY
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – For one night at least, the Gopher Hockey program sits a point behind Penn State in the Big Ten standings after the Nittany Lions picked up the conference bonus point in 3-on-3 overtime on Friday night following a 3-3 overtime tie.

Tyler Nanne led Minnesota (14-11-6 overall, 9-6-6-4 Big Ten) with a goal and an assist while a total of seven Maroon & Gold skaters tallied points in the tie.

On the other end of the ice, Jack LaFontaine made a season-high 54 saves in net for the Maroon & Gold as the junior put up his highest save total with the Gophers. Stats from the 3-on-3 overtime session, where LaFontaine added another three saves, do not count towards season totals.

The Gophers rallied from one-goal deficits twice on Friday night with Nanne tallying his fourth goal of the year in the second period to bring Minnesota even at 1-1 while Ben Meyers buried his eighth goal of the year to make it 2-2 in the third period. After Bryce Brodzinski gave the Gophers their first lead of the night, Penn State (19-10-4, 11-8-3-1) found an equalizer of its own.

After a scoreless 5-on-5 overtime, Alex Limoges locked up the Big Ten bonus point for the Nittany Lions, scoring at 4:36 of the 3-on-3 overtime session.


SOFTBALL
The No. 17/15 University of Minnesota Gophers had a comeback effort fall short against Texas State, (3-2), before topping Tulsa, (11-0), in five innings behind Amber Fiser’s no-hitter.

Fiser’s no-hitter was her first since a perfect game at Purdue on April 27, 2018. She tossed four complete game one-hitters in her All-American 2019 season.

Game One: Texas State 3, Minnesota 2
The Gophers out-hit Texas State, eight hits to three, but aggressive baserunning helped notch three runs for the Bobcats, enough to hold off a late Minnesota push.

Texas State scored twice in the second. They were aided by a Minnesota error and passed ball to make an RBI-double to center enough to get the first run in. After a runner moved to third on a groundout, an RBI-single to shallow center brought another one in.

In the third inning the Bobcats placed the lead off runner with a walk. She moved all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on a sacrifice squeeze a play later.

MaKenna Partain cut into the deficit with a solo home run in the bottom of the third. The shot to right center was her first of the season.

Autumn Pease kept the Gophers in striking distance in the circle. She went seven innings with a season high seven strikeouts while only allowing three hits and two earned runs. She retired the Texas State batters in order in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Down to their final out, Carlie Brandt lined a double to right center for the Gophers. Natalie DenHartog laced a single to left right after to score Brandt, but was gunned down in a pickle for the final out of the game.

Game Two: Minnesota 11, Tulsa 0 (Five innings)
Fiser tossed a five inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts and only allowed two baserunners. Meanwhile, the Gophers offense caught fire with 11 runs on 10 hits.

Partain brought in the first run of the day as Kianna Jones slid perfectly under a tag at home. Partain got the scoring rolling again in the fourth inning with a double to right center to once again score Jones.

The Gophers loaded the bases in the fourth and Emily Hansen drew a walk for the easiest RBI of her 10 this season.

Katelyn Kemmetmueller followed with an RBI-single and Sydney Strelow capped off a five run fourth inning with a two-RBI single up the middle.

Five Gophers reached base either by walk or hit by pitch to start the fifth inning with Jones scoring on a wild pitch. DenHartog put the cherry on top with a grand slam to make it 11-0 gophers. She has a team leading 12 RBIs this season.

Fiser struck out the final two batters of the afternoon to complete 31st no-hitter in Minnesota softball history. She moves to 4-4 on the season.

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