Minnesota Sports Roundup: Mankato to play in DII baseball national title game
CARY, N.C. - The Minnesota State-Mankato baseball team will play in the NCAA Division II College Baseball World Series national championship game tomorrow night.
The Mavericks earned the bid into the title tilt with a 6-5 win over St. Edward's of Texas last night. Junior pitcher Jason Hoppe of Sauk Rapids set an NCAA single-season scoreless innings streak record in the victory last night. Hoppe extended his streak to 55-and-one-third innings before finally allowing a run in the fourth inning last night. MSU has won 26 of its last 27 games, including the last 13 in a row. The Mavs are now 42-and-8 on the season. Minnesota State-Mankato will take on the winner of tonight's game between Tampa and Grand Valley State in tomorrow's championship contest, which is set to begin at 6 p.m.
South Dakota State will make its NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament debut tonight. The fourth-seeded Jackrabbits face top-seeded Oregon in the Eugene Regional in Oregon. Rice will meet the University of San Francisco in the other regional game. SDSU went 35-22 this season, while Oregon finished 45-14. There are four Minnesotans on the Jacks' roster.
The Minnesota Vikings completed their third day of offseason Organized Team Activities yesterday at Winter Park and will return for another three-day session next week. Head coach Leslie Frazier says receiver Greg Jennings should return to practice at that time. He missed some time this week with a sore ankle.
The Minnesota Timberwolves hosted another set of workouts yesterday featuring some high-end NBA draft prospects. Among those working out for scouts and front office personnel yesterday were Michigan's Tim Hardaway Junior, Providence guard Ricardo Ledo, and Villanova big man Mouphtaou Yarou. Minnesota president of basketball operations Flip Saunders says these are valuable sessions for them to evaluate the talent pool in the upcoming draft. Minnesota holds the No. 9 and No. 26 overall choices in the first round of next month's NBA Draft.
The Minnesota Lynx open up the 2013 regular season on Saturday against the Connecticut Sun at Target Center. The Lynx split their preseason games, beating Washington on May 18th, 74-57, before falling to Connecticut, 88-80, on May 21st. The Lynx are hosting a breakfast in the Minneapolis skyway near the Target Center this morning. Team mascot Prowl and front office staff members will be passing out donuts and coffee.
The University of Minnesota athletic department continues to take the show on the road this summer. The "Gopher Road Trip: Chalk Talk" tour began earlier this month and will continue with various visits around the state through June 20th. The visits to 16 Minnesota cities and towns will feature guest appearances from football coach Jerry Kill, men's basketball coach Richard Pitino, men's hockey coach Don Lucia, athletic director Norwood Teague, and other coaches and Gopher dignitaries. Here is a list of the remaining towns and cities which are part of the "Gopher Road Trip" (for specific info on each stop, log on to the Gopher athletic department webpage):
Monday, June 3rd: Rochester and Austin
Tuesday, June 4th: Owatonna and Red Wing
Monday, June 17th: Willmar and Alexandria
Tuesday, June 18th: Moorhead and St. Cloud
Tuesday, June 19th: Duluth and Hibbing
Wednesday, June 20th: Coleraine and Walker