U softball team gains sweep of Drake on road

by Michael Dougherty

If the Gophers softball team was searching for a title to call its doubleheader sweep Tuesday, perhaps it would be “Mistake After Mistake by Drake.”
Minnesota (36-14) took advantage of seven Bulldog errors in game one, winning 6-1 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Drake (14-17) patched the holes in its gloves for the second game, but had a potential seventh-inning rally squashed by pitcher Wendy Logue, as the Gophers won 4-2.
Logue, who threw six innings of three-hit ball in the first game to push her record to 16-4, relieved Steph Klaviter with one out and runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh.
After giving up a run, her defense came through with a double play as she picked up her first save of the season. Klaviter got the win, improving her record to 12-9.
Drake pitcher Sarah Haak took the loss, dropping her record to 10-9 on the season.
The 16th-ranked Gophers got a bases-clearing double from catcher Erin Brophy during a four-run top half of the sixth.
Brophy’s smack off Haak was part of a 10-hit attack, and first baseman Dana Ballard went 2-for-3 with an RBI, ending an 0-for-20 slump.
Gophers center fielder Steph Midthun might want to add a personal touch to the naming of the games — The Record Break at Drake — as she broke the single-season team stolen base record with her three thefts in game two.
Her season total now stands at 28, two more than former record-holder Mischel Doerr had in 1990.
While the game-ending double play highlighted the second game, foul play marred the first game as Minnesota scored five unearned runs off the seven Drake mistakes.
The Gophers had managed only one hit through the first three innings, and entered the top of the fourth with the score tied 1-1. That’s when Drake began to fall apart.
After a one-out single by Shannon Beeler, Minnesota had four straight runners reach base on three errors and a hit batter, leading to two runs.
The top of the sixth proved to be a mutant twin for the Bulldogs, as the Gophers again scored two runs on three Drake miscues.
Minnesota now heads across Iowa to Cedar Falls for a doubleheader today with Northern Iowa.

Cahoy named to academic team
Gophers men’s swimmer John Cahoy was named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America first team for excellence in academics and athletics.
Cahoy, a chemistry major, earned his eighth consecutive 4.0 grade point average last quarter. He also earned a spot on the Team USA roster for July’s Goodwill Games.