Snowfall expands Cowles Stadium sinkhole

Officials from the original general contracting company of Jane Sage Cowles Stadium will be out on the field this week to examine the large sink hole which developed in right field foul territory.

The hole started as a small opening Friday night and delayed the 10-inning softball game between Northwestern and Minnesota. It grew during Saturday’s wet snowfall. The soggy field and the hole combined to postpone Sunday’s scheduled double-header between the Gophers and Iowa.

“Right now, we’re still in the exploratory stage,” said Jeff Seifriz, Assistant Program Director of Athletic Facilities on Monday.

The $2.5 million stadium recently had work done on the right – the visitors’ – side of the field. Seifriz said it’s a question of whether the area near the visiting dugout was back-filled correctly during construction.

There is no real hurry to fix the problem. Minnesota is through playing games at the stadium until next spring.

– Brian Stensaas,

Staff Reporter

Men’s golf

Minnesota’s men’s golf team shot a final round of 297 for a total score of 896 to remain at fourth place the final day of the Bruce Fossum-Spartan Invitational on Sunday.

The event was held at the par-72, 7,003-yard Forest Akers Country Club in East Lansing, Mich. Minnesota ended 20 strokes behind tournament winner Toledo.

The top player for Minnesota was junior Matt Anderson, who shot the lowest round of the day for the team and finished tied for fourth, a career high, with rounds of 74-72-73, totaling 219.

Junior Wilhelm Schauman tied for 15th place with a final round of 76 (+4) for a tournament score of 224. Sophomore Justin Smith remained tied for 29th place with a total of 227, while fellow classmen Simon Nash and David Morgan moved up on the final day. Nash rose four places to finish tied for 34th at 228 and Morgan rose three places to finish tied for 40th at 230.

The Gophers will be in action next weekend, May 3-5, at the Big Ten Championships hosted by Iowa.


The University of Minnesota baseball team added a
nonc-onference game against Hamline University to its 2002 schedule. The nine-inning contest is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, April 30 at Siebert Field. This is the third game Minnesota has added to the schedule this year, after losing four games to weather.

The Golden Gophers will then play St. Cloud State on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., before traveling to West Lafayette, Ind. for a weekend series with Purdue. Minnesota is currently 20-20 overall and ranked second in the Big Ten at 10-6.