Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Spencer Rascoff (Photos by Kevin Scanlon)Spencer Rascoff built the most consequential residential tech startup of a generation. As co-founder and former CEO of Zillow, he pioneered consumer access to home listings and price information, making his firm a platform that buyers and sellers — and, resentfully, brokers — could not do business without. After stepping away from Zillow in February 2019, Rascoff jumped back into the startup world as a founder. In January, he launched dot.LA, a news site covering the tech scene in Los Angeles, where he lives. He’s also an active investor, raising $350 million in an October IPO for a blank-check company with as yet undisclosed acquisition targets. Last month, he launched Pacaso, a startup that lets buyers purchase shares in second homes. Rascoff was just 24 in 1999 when he co-founded the discount travel startup Hotwire, which Expedia bought in 2003 for nearly $700 million in cash. Three years later, Rascoff and Expedia co-founders Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink started Zillow. Rascoff held various roles at the firm — COO, CFO and vice president of marketing — before being tapped as CEO in 2010. The following year, when he was 35, he led Zillow through an IPO that valued the company at more than $1 billion. Rascoff recently characterized that IPO as a “facepalm” moment because the stock surged from $20 to $60 per share within minutes of trading. That kind of one-day pop makes for a great headline but indicates the company left money on the table. The IPO did, however, fuel Zillow’s exponential growth. Over Rascoff’s tenure as CEO, Zillow acquired 15 companies, including Trulia, which it purchased for $3.5 billion in 2014. Its headcount went from 200 to 4,000, while annual revenue grew to $1.3 billion from $30 million. Last year, with Zillow’s stock dropping, Barton replaced Rascoff as CEO to go full-tilt on iBuying, an algorithmically driven homebuying model that guarantees sellers a quick close and then aims to resell the property at a premium. (Barton has described it as a “moonshot” opportunity; he believes ignoring iBuying poses an “existential” threat.) Rascoff called the change “bittersweet,” but told The Real Deal he’s hardwired to keep building companies. “I’m just going,” he said, “Like a rocket that doesn’t have any burners anymore … The habits have been formed.”Born: October 24, 1975Lives in: Los AngelesHometown: New York CityFamily: Married with three kids (15, 12 and 9)Why real estate? I have a terrible memory for faces and names, but I have a fantastic memory for houses. I can remember almost every listing I’ve ever seen. I love that real estate is a store of wealth that you can enjoy. I’ve always found it dissatisfying and hollow to open up a brokerage account website and see numbers on a screen that show me some imaginary amount of money that I have sitting there. You were a nationally ranked chess player. Any lessons learned? I was the fifth-best chess player in the country under the age of 12. My coach at Dalton was Svetozar Jovanovic, a Yugoslavian chess master. He’d have a big pointer and he’d snap it on your desk if you weren’t paying attention. It was straight out of the Cold War Soviet Union, but on the Upper East Side. But it taught me everything: competition, concentration, how to plan ahead, to hate losing. Your dad managed the Rolling Stones. How did that happen? My dad worked at a white-shoe accounting firm called Hurdman & Cranstoun. One day in 1972, he was in the men’s room and the gentleman next to him was grumbling. He was a rotund British gentleman who identified himself as Prince Rupert Loewenstein, manager of the Rolling Stones. He was disappointed that Hurdman & Cranstoun wouldn’t take on the Rolling Stones because they were too wild for a white-shoe firm. My dad thought that sounded like an exciting opportunity, so he took a leave of absence to be the tour accountant. Ultimately, he left the firm, and over the next 30 years, he expanded into producing rock concerts and became one of the largest producers and business managers of tours for the Rolling Stones, U2, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Paul Simon and lots of other folks.What was that like for you? It was cool but in a nerdy, business-y sort of way. Watching concerts with my dad was never about the music. We would stand together on the mixing plot, with 120,000 people cheering for the Rolling Stones, and he would be whispering in my ear, saying, “Those fireworks cost $100,000, and they probably weren’t necessary, but Mick wanted them.” “That big, inflatable woman in a bikini, it was $80,000 and probably wasn’t necessary, but Keith wanted it.” He’d walk me through the P&L of every show. Each tour was really a startup in its own right. [My dad] would come home from work one day and say, “U2 has agreed to tour, so it’s time to spin it up.” About 200 employees would come together within a couple weeks. Seems like you took a lot from your father. You now also have a business podcast with your son, called “Dad I have a question.” How’d that come about? Luke [age 12] asks me a lot of questions. One time, my father-in-law was there when Luke asked me, for the millionth time, about some topic. After listening to me explain the answer, my father-in-law said, “You should really turn this into a podcast.” Luke loves measuring the statistics, tracking which ones perform better than others. He’s very focused on the fact that the tech-focused ones do well, and the political-focused ones do poorly. We have 35,000 listeners, so it’s been a fun project. Yesterday, Sophia, my 15-year-old daughter, had no school, so I brought her to the dot.LA summit for the day, and she ran social media. This is breaking news, I suppose, but I’m incubating another startup idea for which Sophie is the program manager.What’s the concept? I can’t tell you that yet. Stay tuned. You were 24 when you co-founded Hotwire, which you sold to Expedia. Was it hard to get taken seriously at that age? Yes. I vividly remember, as a 24-year-old, sitting with a 45-year-old who reported to me and thinking to myself, “How can I mentor, manage, coach and direct this employee?” That experience changed my management style to be more collaborative. In other words, I realized that I couldn’t tell him what to do. Instead, I could discuss what challenges he was facing and try to help solve his problems along with him.Where did the idea for Zillow come from? We were brainstorming business ideas in a conference room in Downtown Seattle, looking out the window at [the neighborhood of Queen Anne], where these Victorian houses all sit on a hillside. Somebody said, “Imagine if you could see a price on every one of those rooftops, almost like magic glasses that you could put on and see data and information on every home.” The original idea was to try to create three prices on every home: a bid price that somebody would offer to pay for the home, an ask price that a homeowner would sell their home for and a market-clearing price, which was meant to be the Zestimate.So the initial idea was around pricing, not listings? Right. In fact, for the first two years there were no listings on Zillow. It wasn’t until about 2008, once we were already the fifth-largest real estate website, that we went to brokerages and said, “Will you please give us your listings?”Is it true your first move as Zillow CEO was to get rid of all the individual offices [switching to a bullpen] ? Absolutely. It was quite controversial at the time, and Rich [Barton] wasn’t immediately sure that it was a good idea.Do you think the Zestimate deserves the hate it gets? A few years ago, you sold your house for way less than the Zestimate; this year, you listed another for $7 million over. There are two points of criticism, accuracy and privacy. On privacy, Zillow provided enormous transparency to the marketplace, which helps people make smarter decisions. And I have no apologies for that level of information, even though I sometimes am the subject of articles about my own real estate transactions, which brings me no joy. The accuracy issue is a different topic. Zestimates have always been less accurate at the high end and at the very low end because there are fewer data points. What is a $30 million house worth? It’s very hard to know. The accuracy, however, has improved dramatically over time. When we launched in 2006, we had approximately a 14 percent margin of error. Today, it is in the mid-single digits. Zillow sparked a lot of fury among residential agents in markets like New York. How did you handle the criticism? I like to be liked. Personal criticism and criticism of my company always cut deep. My strategy was one of intense engagement. I spent a lot of time on message boards, on social media and in brokers’ offices … building personal relationships and listening. That differs from some other companies like Uber, for example, that have a more aggressive approach to the industries that it disrupts.You stepped down as CEO of Zillow last year when co-founder Rich Barton took over to spearhead a big iBuying push. I’ve heard you’re not a fan of iBuying. Oh, I’m a huge believer. I set into motion Zillow’s iBuying strategy. First we tried this marketplace model called Instant Offers: A consumer would say “I want to sell my home” and we would send their information to a handful of iBuyers. This experiment showed us there was clearly demand for the service, but ultimately we realized we had to be the ones that did the iBuying, so Zillow Offers was born. I still think it’s a fundamental and growing part of the real estate universe. How’s your relationship with Rich Barton now? Do you agree with the Zillow 2.0 strategy? He’s busy running Zillow and I’m doing my thing, so we don’t talk often. It’s friendly. There are always little things from the outside that you ask yourself, “Would I have done that little thing or not?” But the overall strategic direction I agree with. Is dot.LA a source of deal flow? Absolutely. It’s certainly not why I started it, but dot.LA unites my passions in startups, journalism and L.A. It’s also allowed me to meet great founders, some of whom I’ve gone on to invest in. You just started a company called Pacaso that lets people buy shares of a second home. Do you have other homes? I had a second home in Napa Valley that burned down in a wildfire a couple of years ago. It was our family’s happy place. We sold the land to a neighbor and still think a lot about trying to have a second home there. I’m looking for a Pacaso.You prefer to own a piece rather than the whole thing? I’m not going to use it all the time. My home that burned down was a $3 million home. Instead of buying 100 percent of a $3 million home, I can buy a quarter of a $12 million home.How has the pandemic changed your routine? For the 20 years prior to Covid I was on a plane every couple of days, and instead I’ve been with my family for eight months. The big innovation that launched today in the Rascoff house is doors. This house has a pretty open floor plan, and I’ve always thought about adding a door to my home office. After four years of waiting, I finally had a door installed.Where was the last place you traveled or vacationed? Last Christmas, we went to Machu Picchu, Peru. My wife is Colombian, and there’s a South American tradition on New Year’s Eve: You take an empty suitcase and run around shouting the place you hope to travel in the next year. We were shouting “Thailand! Russia! Antarctica!” I certainly had no idea at the time that those would be off the table. What are your vices? I watch a decent amount of garbage TV. We watch “Vanderpump Rules” and “Real Housewives” and “The Bachelor.” I eat a lot of ice cream. Do you feel successful? Yes. I’m not really motivated by money or media. I’m motivated by identifying new challenges and solving interesting problems. How do you instill that value in your kids? My parents always told me I’d never get a single dime of their money, but they’d always pay for my own education and then I’d be on my own. We’ve been saying the same thing to our kids. We’ll be there to cheer them along, but not support them.Your brother died in a car crash when he was 17. Did that shape you? He died the day before graduating from high school. He was taking the last edition of the school newspaper to the printer after an all-nighter. It caused me to kick things into the next gear in terms of focus and drive and seeking accomplishment. I felt like I had to accomplish twice as much to compensate for what he would have accomplished. I haven’t stopped running since. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten? Wherever you’re working, look [for someone] 10 years your senior. Find out if you want to be that person, and if you aren’t totally satisfied, get out.This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Liverpool-based David Sutherberry has been given three weeks to produce financial evidence proving that his main occupation is not the operation of a restricted licence with the trading name Starlight Limos.Mr Sutherberry, trading as Starlight Limos, of Pilch Lane East, Liverpool, with a two-vehicle restricted licence, had been called before Deputy Traffic Commissioner (DTC) Simon Evans at a Golborne Public Inquiry.Traffic Examiner (TE) Tim Aspull said that in September 2013 he investigated whether more vehicles were being operated than were authorised after a vehicle was stopped in Liverpool displaying a photocopied O-Licence disc. There had also been a prohibition issued for a defective tachograph.In June 2014 one of Mr Sutherberry’s vehicles was checked in Liverpool. The licence disc was a photocopy and the vehicle did not have the correct MoT certificateMr Sutherberry had three vehicles in possession but nothing raised Mr Aspull’s suspicions that he was running more vehicles than were authorised. He considered that it was an educational issue as Mr Sutherberry had not realised the importance of the disc.Two of the vehicles had the correct PSV MoT certificates and one had an incorrect one. Mr Sutherberry had said that he was unaware of the different tests and that he had relied upon his maintenance contractor.The tachograph in the vehicle driven by Mr Sutherberry was showing the incorrect time. There were no working time records. The system for checking the drivers’ hours was not altogether satisfactory though there was some evidence of checks carried out by Mr Sutherberry. Bookings showed that the drivers were having adequate rest. There was adequate Driver CPC training and an adequate system for checking driving licences.In June 2014 one of Mr Sutherberry’s vehicles was checked in Liverpool city centre. The licence disc was a photocopy and the vehicle did not have the correct MoT certificate. Mr Sutherberry was prosecuted for those offences and fined £500.In November 2014 a fixed penalty was issued for a tachograph not recording the correct time. When he examined documents he saw that the insurance certificate had been issued in the name of Starlight Limos Ltd. Mr Sutherberry was unaware of why that had happened, saying that he ran a booking company separately from the limo operation. Bills and invoices for the maintenance of the vehicles were made out to Mr Sutherberry personally.After the TE had said there was no evidence of a Driver CPC for one driver and no driving record for another, Bill Bowling, Legislation Officer, of the National Limousine & Chauffeur Association, for Mr Sutherberry, said that both the drivers concerned had been dismissed. Tachograph records were now being checked by an outside agency.Adjourning the hearing for three weeks to enable Mr Sutherberry to produce evidence showing what his main occupation was, the DTC said that he was not best impressed by the TE giving advice that was ignored. He needed to know that that issue had been addressed.
In honor of Memorial Day, NASCAR Cup Series drivers and accompanying on-track vehicles in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) will carry the name of a fallen military member on their cars.For some drivers and teams, it’s an extra personal connection. Read on to see some of the stories.MORE: Every fallen servicemember honoredChip Ganassi RacingKurt Busch and the No. 1 Chevrolet will honor Construction Electrician Petty Officer Second Class (US Navy) Phil Grieser on the No. 1 GEARWRENCH Chevrolet. Grieser served with the father of Doug Newell; Doug is an electrician tech at Ganassi. Grieser was killed from injuries suffered by a rocket attack near the camp of Seabee team 1013 on May 18, 1969, in VietnamDoug, through his father, had been in contact with the brother of Phil Grieser, Mark Grieser, who lives in Ohio. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR races currently are running without fans. Knowing they could not attend the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 as fans, Grieser, his wife Ann and their family drove down to the Chip Ganassi Racing shop to see the car in front of the shop — and, specifically, to see Phil’s name on the car.Gaunt Brothers RacingDaniel Suarez and his GBR brethren will honor the memory of U.S. Army SPC Ronald David Rennison of Dubuque, Iowa, who was killed in action Feb. 25, 1991, along with 27 other individuals by a Scud missile strike in Dhahran in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. There is a personal connection between SPC Rennison, who was 22 at the time of his death, and the GBR Toyota team. Rennison’s younger brother, Randy, was a high school friend of GBR road crew mechanic Barry Boeckenstedt. Randy Rennison served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Korea at the time of his brother’s death. — Courtesy Gaunt Brothers Stewart-Haas RacingThe windshield header of Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford Mustang will carry the name of Private First Class Andy Krippner of Garland, Texas, who lost his life in Kunar Province, Afghanistan in 2011. Krippner spent just six weeks in Afghanistan and celebrated his 20th birthday days before his death. He lost his life when the Army vehicle he was in hit an improvised explosive device. The other soldiers killed in the attack included SSGT Kristofferson B. Lorenzo, 33, of Chula Vista, California; PFC William S. Blevins, 21, of Sardinia, Ohio; and PVT Thomas C. Allers of Plainwell, Mich. The soldiers were part of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.Bowyer’s SHR teammates Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola will honor Lorenzo and Blevins on their Ford Mustangs Sunday.SHR fabricator Matthew Ridgway joined that battalion after the incident and said he “knows them as well as you could know someone you’ve never met based on the stories from fellow soldiers (I) served with.” — Courtesy SHRRichard Petty MotorsportsFallen Tuskegee Airman, Capt. Lawrence E. Dickson will have his name displayed above the windshield of driver Bubba Wallace’s No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet. as part of NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600 Memorial Day tribute at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 25, 2020. The car will also be painted to resemble the iconic A-10 Thunderbolt II, right down to the tiger shark teeth on the grill.The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps, a precursor of the U.S. Air Force. Pilots, navigators, maintainers, bombardiers, instructors and support staff all trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. The Tuskegee Airmen flew more than 15,000 sorties during World War II in Europe and North Africa.Dickson, who was assigned to the 100th Fighter Squadron, flew 68 missions during WWII. On December 23, 1944, he was returning from a reconnaissance mission when his Mustang P-51 experienced engine failure. His plane crashed along the Italy-Austria border, according to the Pentagon. Searches of the crash site were unsuccessful, and in 1949, the military declared his remains non-recoverable. — Courtesy U.S. Air ForceTeam PenskeNo. 2 Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski will compete with SSGT Michael Donovan Reep’s name atop his windshield in Sunday night’s 600-mile event. Reep, a member of the 27th SOCES (Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron) out of Cannon Air Force Base, lost his life in Columbia, South Carolina in 2015.In the tweet below, Keselowski had the honor of giving Reep’s family the chance to be the first to see the Ford Mustang with his name on it via a video call.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“An inventor has developed a blend of native Australian herbs that he says functions as an effective preservative for foods and beverages, and can be used to replace artificial preservatives such as sodium benzoate.” (Natural News) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe daily trip to high school was expensive, long and eventually, too much for Indian teenager Nahid Farzana, who decided she was going to drop out. Then, the state government gave her a bicycle.Two years later, she is about to graduate from high school and wants to be a teacher.The government program, designed to help girls in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, has been so successful at keeping teenage girls in school, the bike giveaways have spread to neighboring states. The female literacy rate in some states (53 percent) is more than 20 points below that of rates for males.(READ the story from CS Monitor – or the Dec. 2011 story in CurentInternational.org)Photo from CurrentInternational.orgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA host of services were available to homeless veterans and their families at the 2nd Orange County Stand Down in Costa Mesa. Veterans and their families could receive medical care, legal advice, housing and employment assistance, as well as massages and acupuncture treatments.“I see a lot of love for the people who served … I plan on staying here the whole weekend.” (READ the story from the Orange County Register)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
His stories about driving his official car, ﬂags waving, through work sites would continue to entertain Charles’ family even until just recently before his passing.After his discharge from the Air Force, Charles moved back home to be with his mother, whom he adored, and to attend Baylor University.Charles studied Biology and Business while at Baylor, and he eventually went to work for Kraft Foods.Charles’ natural charm and excellent interpersonal skills served him well during his years with Kraft. Charles Thomas Norman (85) passed away peacefully on February 13, 2020, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.Charles entered the Norman family as the youngest child of Lonnie Dee Norman and Mary Glenn Norman when he was born on July 31, 1934.As a child in Axtell, Texas, Charles was a natural-born charmer; his parents and older siblings doted on him. As he grew he became a loyal, devoted brother and a life-long friend to his schoolmates.After graduating from Axtell High School in 1953, Charles joined the US Air Force, where he worked as a surveyor.Charles was popular with his peers and his officers in the Air Force, and he would remember that time fondly throughout his life. Working as the Regional Sales Representative for the Dallas territory, Charles earned several awards for sales leadership.It was during this time that Charles met the love of his life, a baton-twirler ﬁfteen years his junior named Betty Lou Geldmeier.Betty and Charles were married in 1969, and were together nearly every day until her passing in 2018.The couple made their ﬁrst home in Garland, Texas.There, after three years of marriage, Betty and Charles welcomed their ﬁrst and only child, a son.They named him Jason Glenn, an homage to Charles’ beloved mother, Mary Glenn.From the day he was born, Jason was Charles’ pride and joy.Soon, the family embarked on a new adventure when Charles decided to leave Kraft foods and North Texas to live nearer to his brothers in Southeast Texas.The trio eventually settled in Beaumont. In 1972, Charles founded Norman’s, a company that would encompass the businesses of Norman’s Shoes, Norman’s Men’s Fashions, and George Wilson’s Menswear throughout the nearly ﬁfty-year span that Mr. Norman would preside over it.In business, as with all things, Charles Norman brought his whole-hearted dedication.He worked tirelessly, until just a few days before his death, to provide for his family.There was nothing Charles did that he didn’t give one-hundred percent attention to.Whether the work was a Friday night football concession stand shift for the United Methodist Men or a meeting of the church Finance Committee, Charles could be counted on to be all in.While his businesses weathered economic downturns, major natural disasters, and the loss of many friends throughout the years, Charles was a force in his own right.He moved faster and accomplished more in a day than most people around him ever could.He was a character in the true sense of the word; one never knew what he might say or do next.He was quick-tempered but also quick to forgive.His ability to love was unsurpassed. Charles treasured babies, old Gospel songs, the company of his friends, family, and customers, and weekends at the lake.He enjoyed traveling, taking cruises with Betty and Jason and then road-trips later with the grandchildren in tow.He was extremely proud of the three kids that called him “PawPaw.”Recently, he had found solace and pleasure in the congregation of Trinity UnitedMethodist Church in Beaumont.Charles is preceded in death by all eight of his siblings and his wife of 49 years.He is survived by his devoted son and best friend, Jason, and daughter-in-law, Kesha, along with their three children: Anna Norman of Fort Worth, Texas, and Lily Norman and Jay Norman of Beaumont, Texas.Charles also has two living sisters-in-law: Betty Ruth Norman of Beaumont and Sally Norman of Mansﬁeld, along with numerous nieces and nephews.A gathering of Charles Norman’s friends and family will be held at Broussard’s Mortuary on Major Drive in Beaumont, Texas.Charles will be buried beside his wife in Riesel, Texas after a graveside service.His pall-bearers will be: his nephews, Aaron Norman, Charlie D. Norman, Morris Norman, Junior, Rod Norman, and Tye Norman; and his great-nephews Tye Norman and Chaz Norman.
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The accident occurred on K-7 near 83rd Street. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.Lenexa Police are investigating after a man driving an antique car lost control and spun off Kansas Highway 7 south of 83rd Street on Thursday evening.Lenexa and Shawnee firefighters were dispatched to respond with Johnson County Med-Act to the crash at 6:30 p.m.Initial reports from the scene indicated that the driver had been ejected. First responders arrived to find that the driver had not been ejected and was still sitting inside the car.The car, a 1934 Ford Roadster, did not have seatbelts. Radio traffic indicated that when the car spun around, the driver slid across the bench seat from behind the steering wheel to the passenger’s door.The driver was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.No other details were immediately available
Smith’s no-hitter was broken up by the leadoff batter in the sixth inning who singled. Smith battled her way out of a bases-loaded jam later that inning to halt Nebraska’s momentum. She finished with the complete game, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three. The performance improved her record to 10-4 on the season.The Gophers broke open the game in the fourth because of a DenHartog home run, an RBI single by MaKenna Partain and a bases-clearing triple by Houlihan. Ali Lindner added a two-run home run in the seventh.Minnesota gets the series sweep on Sunday, 9-3A five-run outburst in the fifth and sixth innings broke open a 2-2 tie in the final game of the series, giving the Gophers a 9-3 win.Fiser pitched a complete game, giving up two earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 10. She also passed several milestones over the weekend. The win on Sunday gave Fiser her 20th win of the season. And on Friday, Fiser passed the 200 strikeout mark, finishing the weekend with 222.The offense featured a lineup change that included Houlihan in the cleanup spot. The senior responded to the shift by reaching base in all five of her at-bats, with three hits and two walks. She also added three RBIs and two runs. Houlihan lead the team in RBIs for the weekend with five and also drew four walks.“I kind of found myself expanding the zone,” Houlihan said. “My goal for the weekend was just to make sure I was swinging at pitches — at ones I could hit. I was easily as happy with the [walks] as I was with the hits.”The bulk of the runs came in the sixth inning that was capped off by a Taylor Chell two-RBI single.The Gophers will head to Madison for a doubleheader on Wednesday. It is a makeup from the previously scheduled matchup that was rained out on April 17. Gophers sweep Cornhuskers in NebraskaMinnesota improved to 13-1 in the Big Ten.Carter JonesGophers sophomore Maddie Houlihan hits the ball against Purdue at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 30, 2017. Paul HodowanicApril 22, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers kept pace in the crowded Big Ten standings with a sweep of Nebraska over the weekend.Minnesota currently sits third in the conference, trailing second-place Michigan by half a game and Northwestern by one game. The Gophers will take on the Wildcats in the final series of the regular season May 3-5.“Nebraska is a team that’s probably better than their record,” said head coach Jamie Trachsel. “I thought our pitchers did a really good job. Overall, I think we played better than Nebraska over seven innings each game and that’s why we won.”Gophers start series with 3-0 win over NebraskaThe Gophers began their series in Lincoln, Nebraska with a close 3-0 win. The game was taken over by junior pitcher Amber Fiser.Fiser pitched the complete game shutout, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning and runners on first and third in the seventh to close it out. She finished with 13 strikeouts and gave up six hits and four walks.The offense finished with nine hits and seven walks but struggled to bring them home. They had at least one batter on base in each inning, but ended up scoring just three runs. Maddie Houlihan drew a walk with the bases loaded in the second inning to score the first run of the game.Hope Brandner followed through in a bases-loaded situation in the sixth, driving in a run with a single, and Natalie DenHartog added the final run later that inning with a sacrifice fly.Saturday scoring surge leads to an 8-3 winSenior pitcher Sydney Smith carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and the bats came alive in the second game of the series as the Gophers grabbed the win 8-3.