U softball wins five in tourney

by Tim Klobuchar

The Gophers softball team finished third at the Troy Cox Invitational held Feb. 27 through Mar. 2 in Las Cruces, N.M.
No. 11 Minnesota went 5-3 at the tournament, behind Ohio State and New Mexico State.
Junior outfielder Amber Hegland, the only Gopher on the all-tournament team, hit .297 with 11 RBIs.
Minnesota (19-5) beat New Mexico, Wichita State, Furman, Loyola and Texas Tech. The Gophers lost to Baylor and the two teams that finished ahead of them, Ohio State and New Mexico State.
Sophomore shortstop Shannon Beeler tied the Gophers’ career home run mark on Sunday when she went deep against Loyola. It was her fifth homer of the season and 15th in her career, tying the mark set from 1991-94 by Minnesota assistant coach Jennifer McGuinness.
The Gophers are now off for three weeks. They travel to Atlanta on Mar. 24-25 for games against Georgia Tech and Georgia State.
Senior catcher Bryan Guse was the only Gophers player named to the Hormel Foods Baseball Classic all-tournament team, which was held at the Metrodome this weekend.
Guse hit .400 (four-for-10) with two RBIs. The Gophers finished 1-2 in the tournament. Senior first baseman Ben Griffin was Minnesota’s leading hitter during the weekend with a .462 average (six-for-13).
No. 2 UCLA, which won the Classic with a 3-0 record, put six players on the all-tourney team, and had the tournament’s most valuable player, shortstop Troy Glaus. Glaus hit three home runs and drove in nine runs in the three games.
The Gophers (2-8) play Iowa State on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Metrodome.
Women’s tennis
No. 39 Minnesota improved to 8-0 this weekend with a 7-0 victory over No. 51 Syracuse on Friday and a 4-3 win on Saturday over No. 37 Maryland.
Against the Terrapins, the Gophers lost the doubles point but, Nora Sauska, Alice Rangsithienchai, Tarah Elkins and Helen Wang all won their singles matches.
Men’s tennis
The Gophers lost 5-2 to Tulane Sunday afternoon in New Orleans, La.
Sophomore Adam Selkirk got the only singles win for Minnesota, improving his record to 9-8.
The Gophers (1-4 overall, 0-2 in the Big Ten) travel to Corpus Christi, Tex., this weekend for the Corpus Christi Team Tourney.