Marten perfect in victory

With 6-0 and 7-2 victories over Drake, Minnesota’s softball team earned its seventh consecutive 30-win season, improving to 31-16 overall. Piper Marten earned both victories and threw her first career collegiate perfect game in the opener.

Marten struckout 10 of the first 12 Bulldogs she faced en route to her third no-hitter this season and Minnesota’s first perfect game since Angie Recknor blanked Akron on March 25, 2000. Marten concluded the opener with a school-record 15 strikeouts, tying her own mark she already shared with Heather Brown and Jennifer Johnson.

Marten (19-10) also struckout 15 in her first no-hitter this season against Boston. She combined with Lyn Peyer to no-hit Pittsburgh on March 9. Marten relieved Peyer after the rookie started the game and walked the only two batters she faced. Marten went on to throw the complete-game shutout, striking out 13.

In the nightcap, the Gophers flexed their muscle against Drake (6-35) racking up eight extra-base hits for the second time in three games, including two triples and two homeruns. Jordanne Nygren hit her fifth homerun of the season and 33rd of her career, along with a pair of doubles. Shelly Nichols also hit her fifth homerun this season and added a double, while scoring three times.