The Weekend Wrap: Gopher Sports Notebook

While the women's basketball team garnered all the attention over the weekend, numerous other U of M athletic teams competed. Find out who did what in the Goldensports.Net weekend wrap.

Baseball Team Splits With Michigan

The Minnesota baseball team (12-10, 2-2) split a pair of games with Michigan (11-11, 2-2), winning the suspended game from Saturday 3-2 and falling in the second game 12-10 on Sunday at Ray Fisher Stadium. With the split on Sunday, Minnesota split the four-game series with Michigan 2-2 to start the 2004 Big Ten campaign.

On Saturday, Minnesota's Matt Fornasiere (Maple Grove, Minn.) led off the game with a solo home run to put the Gophers up 1-0. Sam Steidl (Alexandria, Minn.) followed with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Mike Mee (Richfield, Minn.) followed with an RBI single to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead. Michigan held Minnesota at bay to get out of the inning.

Matt Butler delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to cut the lead to 2-1. Chris Getz tied the game at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly in bottom of the second inning. Minnesota reclaimed the lead at 3-2 on a Steidl sacrifice fly that brought home Luke MacLean (Bloomington, Minn.). The game was suspended due to darkness with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, with Andy Hunter (West St. Paul, Minn.) at the plate and Fornasiere at third base.

When the game was resumed on Sunday, freshman righthander Cole DeVries (Eden Praire, Minn.) pitched three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out four to keep the game at 3-2 to give Minnesota the victory. DeVries picked up his second save of the season. Josh Krogman (St. Cloud, Minn.) started, pitching four innings, giving up three hits, two runs and striking out three to pick up his first win of the season. Krogman is now 1-1 on the season. The Gophers will travel to Northern Iowa in a midweek game on Wednesday, Apr. 7 to take on the Panthers. Minnesota will then travel to Bloomington, Ind. for a four-game Big Ten series against the Hoosiers on Apr. 9-11.

Men's Tennis Defeats Michigan State

The 43rd-ranked Minnesota men's tennis team used a 4-2 showing in singles to edge No. 52 Michigan State, 4-3, Sunday in East Lansing, Mich. The Gophers have won four consecutive duals and are now 10-7 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten.

The Spartans took an early 1-0 lead with a 2-1 mark in doubles play. The Maroon and Gold picked up its only win at No. 3 as Clay Estes and Aleksey Zharinov defeated Mike Brown and Michael Flowers, 8-6.

The Gophers rallied in singles action with key wins coming from the top three spots in the lineup. Zharinov, ranked 96th, got Minnesota going with a 6-3, 6-0 triumph over No. 100 Andrew Formanczyk. After a loss at No. 4 singles, 53rd-ranked Chris Wettengel tied the match at two with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over Cameron Marshall. Wettengel has won six straight matches and now owns a 11-4 record in the spring and a 4-1 mark in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers clinched it with straight-set wins at Nos. 3 and 5.

Minnesota returns home next weekend to face Wisconsin on Sunday, April 11, at noon at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Minnesota Gymnast Earns All-American Honors

Minnesota junior gymnast Guillermo Alvarez picked up two more All-America honors to earn three total for the weekend at the 2004 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships at Assembly Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill over the weekend. The top six places in each of the six events of the finals earn All-America status.

Alvarez placed fourth overall on the floor exercise and had the highest score among Big Ten competitors with a 9.450. He followed that performance by placing sixth on the pommel horse with a mark of 9.425. Alvarez was short of the top six on the vault, taking 10th place with a score of 9.075.

Along with being an All-American on the floor exercise and the pommel horse, Alvarez earned All-America honors in Saturday's all-around finals by placing in the top six.

Men's and Women's Golf Compete

The No. 13 Minnesota men's golf team came back from seven strokes back beginning the third round to win the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational. The Gophers shot rounds of 282-285-287=861 (-3) to defeat Duke by four shots and second-round leader UCLA by five strokes. It's the fourth tournament title for the Gophers this season and the first of the spring season Minnesota women's golf team finished in 13th place at the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. The Gophers shot rounds of 319-324-331=974 to finish 68 shots behind tournament champion Missouri.

Individually, the Gophers were led by sophomore Sarah Butler. Butler finished tied for 17th after shooting rounds of 76-78-81=235. Junior Terra Petsinger tied for 33rd with 78-80-82=240. Senior Katie Jacobson tied for 48th at 245. Freshman Sophie Stubbs tied for 77th at 255 and freshman Louise Fleming tied for 82nd at 259. Sophomore Jessica Thomas finished 85th at 263.

Women's Softball Sweeps Doubleheader

It was cold outside, but the Gophers were hot Sunday against Penn State Sunday.

Despite temperatures in the 30's the Gophers (22-11, 3-1) swept a doubleheader against the Nittany Lions in State College, PA. Senior Piper Marten pitched a three-hit complete-game shutout in Minnesota's 3-0 victory in the opener and also earned the complete-game win in the Gophers' 5-2 victory in the second game. Minnesota has now won 11 of its last 12 games.

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