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Golden Nugz 5.16.11

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Gopher baseball lost its first series since mid-April, losing 4-2 to Penn State Sunday. Minnesota won 3-2 Saturday, but dropped the series opener 7-0 on Friday. They now sit tied for second in the Big Ten with Illinois at 12-9, one game back of Michigan State. The Gophs have a busy week with a game at Siebert Field vs NDSU tomorrow, then their final Big Ten homestand at Target Field beginning with a doubleheader Thursday (3:05 and 6:05) and another 6:05 start Friday night.

Minnesota's run of five consecutive men's indoor/outdoor track and field Big Ten titles was snapped this weekend by host Iowa. The Hawkeyes claimed their first track & field title since 1967, edging Minnesota 125.5-123. The Gopher women's track team finished 7th.

Gopher rowing team finished 5th at the Big Tens in Indianapolis over the weekend. Ohio State claimed top spot, but Minnesota did land all-conference honorees on both the first and second team. Cassie Drozynski was named a First Team All-Big Ten, while Tracy Merth was Second Team All-Big Ten. Captain Teresa Logemann received Minnesota’s Sportsmanship Award.

FBT has his Friday Rah-Crootin' Update. He believes the race for the top recruit in Minnesota, Blue Earth OL Jonah Persig, will come down to the Gophers, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Persig has said he'd like to decide by the end of summer where he's going to school.

In non-Gopher related Minnesota sports, the news is unfortunately tragic, as former Minnesota Wild tough guy Derek Boogaard was found dead in his apartment in Minneapolis Friday. He was just 28 years old. A memorial was held for him yesterday, and his family will donate his brain for concussion research. Boogaard played in just 22 games this year for the Rangers because of a concussion, and there's a suspicion his death could be concussion-related. The official cause of death won't be known until an autopsy is completed in a couple of weeks, but police have ruled out foul play. For more on Boogaard, check out the Minnesota Wild SB Nation blog Hockey Wilderness. RIP Derek.