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After several stops, Sydney Smith finds 'good fit' with Minnesota

University of Minnesota pitcher Sydney Smith is well-traveled with trips abroad and across the country. Smith just recorded her third victory with the Gophers in the series finale Sunday over Iowa, clinching a sweep for the weekend. For Smith, it was a long journey to find herself pitching for Minnesota.

Minnesota sweeps Iowa in rescheduled series

The games were rescheduled and not cancelled, and the Gophers took advantage and won their series versus Iowa on Thursday and Friday. Minnesota (24-14, 7-3 Big Ten) won the game on Thursday 8-0, the first game of the doubleheader 6-2 Friday and earned the 11-1 victory in the second game of Friday. 

MaKenna Partain's demeanor works with children and softball

The future for MaKenna Partain could go many ways, but working with kids will be part of the plan. "I'm hoping to become a family therapist, more so work with children. I am also minoring in child psychology," Partain said. "Hopefully [I'll] be working with children, picking their brains a bit."

Minnesota softball splits series with Michigan State

The Gophers (21-14, 4-3 Big Ten) went to East Lansing, Michigan to face off against Michigan State (14-19, 2-6 Big Ten) for a three-day, three-game series. By the end of the weekend, it turned into a one-day doubleheader. Minnesota split the shortened series with a 3-2 loss in the first game and a 6-2 victory in the second. 

Minnesota wins two in shortened series

Minnesota returned home with a bang against Illinois. The Gophers (20-13, 3-2 Big Ten) faced the Fighting Illini (22-13, 3-4 Big Ten) in their first home series of the season and though it was a short one, Minnesota got back to a winning record in conference play.