Minnesota Sports Briefs: Final game at U's Seibert Field tonightMinnesota Sports
-- The final college baseball game scheduled to be played at old Seibert Field on the University of Minnesota campus is tonight. The Golden Gophers will host St Thomas is a 6:35 p.m. game.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The final college baseball game scheduled to be played at old Seibert Field on the University of Minnesota campus is tonight. The Golden Gophers will host St Thomas is a 6:35 p.m. game.
The stadium has deteriorated to the point that Minnesota plays most of its home games at the Metrodome now, but tonight will have some historical significance. Former players will have ceremonial at-bats prior to tonight's game and the family of the late Dick Seibert will be on hand, as well. Later this month, the Board of Regents is expected to approve construction of a new on-campus baseball stadium. If all goes to plan, ground should be broken in June.
The MIAC has named its weekly award winners in baseball and softball. St. Thomas utility player Dylan Thomas of Lakeville is the MIAC Baseball Player of the Week. He has helped the Tommies to a No. 2 national ranking and 19 straight wins. Saint Mary's starter Teddy VanRanst of St. Paul is the league's Pitcher of the Week after firing a two-hit shutout against Augsburg. Saint Mary's junior Kayla Peterson of Lewiston is the MIAC Softball Pitcher of the Week after spinning a pair of complete game victories last weekend over Saint Benedict. Augsburg junior shortstop Allyson Ruedy of Waseca is the conference's Player of the Week. She had a .643 batting for the week.
Playing football on grass rather than artificial turf appears to be easier on the knees. A new study finds that college football athletes who play the game on artificial surfaces have 40 percent more knee injuries than those who play on grass. Researchers at Stanford University in California say their findings come as many schools are making the move to artificial turf. Results of the study are published in the "The American Journal of Sports Medicine."
It's Kentucky Derby week at Churchill Downs. The first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown takes place Saturday with the 138th "Run for Roses" at historic Churchill Downs. Among the early favorites are Union Rags, Creative Cause, Gemologist, I'll Have Another and Bodemeister. Animal Kingdom won last year's race. The "Sport of Kings" is seeking its first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed won the Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1978.
Wayzata's Tim Herron shot an even-par-72 in yesterday's final round of the PGA Tour event near New Orleans to finish 39th. He finished 11-shots behind tourney winner Jason Duffner. Herron earned nearly 26-thousand-dollars for the weekend. Burnsville native Cameron Beckman missed the cut and did not play on Saturday and Sunday.
One amazing streak in MIAC athletics was extended, while another ended yesterday. The Gustavus Adolphus men's tennis team won its 24th consecutive MIAC regular season championship yesterday, completing a perfect 9-and-oh conference slate. Meanwhile, the Gustavus Adolphus women's tennis team saw its string of 20 straight MIAC regular season titles come to an end yesterday with a 5-4 loss to Carleton. Carleton claimed the regular season crown. The MIAC men's and women's postseason tennis tournaments begin this weekend in St. Peter.