The Weekend Wrap: Steidl Big 10 Player of the Week

It marks the second time this season and the third time in his career that Sam Steidl has claimed conference player of the week honors. Find out about Steidl and other Gopher athletes and teams in the weekend wrap

Sam Steidl led the Gophers to three wins in Indiana, batting .563 with six runs and RBI. He also had a .650 on-base percentage in the four-game conference series. Steidl had two hits or more in each of the five games last week, as he tallied 11 hits for the week. Heading into the week, Steidl is fifth on the Minnesota career hit list with 267. He is also 33 hits away from becoming only the second Golden Gopher to amass 300 hits in his career. Robb Quinlan is the only Minnesota player with 300 hits in a career at 345. Steidl is also fifth on the career stolen base list with 54 career steals.

Steidl leads the Big Ten in batting average at .409 this season and is second in the conference in runs scored at 30. He is also third in stolen bases in the Big Ten with 11 on the season. Steidl also becomes the first Big Ten player to claim the honors on multiple occasions this season.

Minnesota will be back in action on Wednesday, April 14 at 3 p.m. The Golden Gophers will then resume Big Ten action on Friday, Apr. 16 against Penn State at 3 p.m. Minnesota will play a doubleheader against the Nittany Lions on Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. and a single game on Sunday, April 18 at noon.

Men's Tennis Keeps Win Streak Alive

The University of Minnesota men's tennis team pushed its season-long winning streak to five duals with a 7-0 triumph over Wisconsin today at the Baseline Tennis Center. The 31st-ranked Golden Gophers swept the six singles matches and went 2-1 in doubles to improve to 11-7 overall and 6-1 in the Big Ten. The Maroon and Gold is now 7-1 in its last eight duals, with its lone loss coming to top-ranked Illinois.

Alston Paces Softball Team

Valerie Alston hit her first career home run in the top of the seventh inning as the University of Minnesota softball team (24-13, 5-3) defeated Northwestern, 2-1, in the the first game of a doubleheader in Evanston, Ill. The Wildcats (19-13, 3-5) rebounded in the second game with a 4-0 victory to earn a split of the series.

Women's Track Claims Five Titles

Five University of Minnesota Golden Gopher women captured individual Track & Field titles at the University of Oregon Pepsi Team Invitational, Saturday, in Eugene, Ore., highlighted by junior Melissa Steele and senior Alean Frawley establishing NCAA regional qualifying marks.

Steele captured the 400-meter hurdle title with a time of 1:00.61, surpassing her previous season-best time of 1:01.12 set last weekend at the Duke Invitational. Steele's time was .21 under the NCAA regional qualifying time.

Frawley won the shot put with a distance of 14.70 meters, edging Gopher teammate Liz Alabi, who finished second with an effort of 14.03 meters. Frawley, the Minnesota school record-holder in the shot put, surpassed the NCAA regional qualifying mark of 14.24 meters.

As a team, the Gophers finished third with 160.5 points. Oregon won the meet with 184.5 points, followed by Washington with 169 points. Colorado was fourth with 100 points. The Gophers return to action April 15 when the team participates in the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.

Women's Tennis Team Falls

The University of Minnesota women's tennis team failed to win a match today and fell 7-0 at No. 66 Wisconsin in a Big Ten dual in Madison, Wis. The Golden Gophers drop to 2-16 overall this season and 0-7 in the conference.

Men's Track in Second Place

The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher men's track and field team finished in second place at the University of Oregon Pepsi Team Invitational in Eugene, Ore., Saturday. Minnesota scored 169 points, while Washington was third with 144 points and Colorado fourth with 101 points. Oregon won the meet with 191 points. Four Gophers captured individual titles at the meet, highlighted by junior Karl Erickson's victories in the shot put and discus throw.

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