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Bree Blanchette

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Eagan, Minn.

High School:
Eagan HS

Position:
Outfielder

Experience:
HS

Bats/Throws:
R/R


08/25/2014

Top Play No. 2: Blanchette's Slam

Bree Blanchette turned a 3-2 deficit against Purdue into a 6-3 lead

05/25/2014

Gophers' Season Ends With Loss to UO

Minnesota finishes with a 44-12 record

05/23/2014

Gophers Trek to Eugene for Super Regional

Minnesota is competing in its first-ever super regional

05/17/2014

Gophers Advance to Regional Championship

Minnesota downed North Dakota State, 4-1, in 10 innings

05/10/2014

Gophers Top OSU, Advance to Title Game

Minnesota will play either Michigan or Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament title game

05/03/2012

G:60 - Bree Blanchette

Gopher softball player Bree Blanchette is featured in this week's G:60.

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2014 SENIOR SEASON:
Academic All-Big Ten and NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar with a 4.0 grade point average in the 2013-14 academic year • started all 56 games the Gophers played in center field • started all 56 games the Gophers played in center field • hit .204 with a .305 on-base percentage, tying for second on the team with 11 steals • registered five multiple-hit games and posted six multi-RBI games • had a season-best 11-game reached-base streak from Feb. 8-23 that included a seven-game hitting streak from Feb. 15-23 • notched season highs with three runs scored, five RBI, and six total bases Feb. 15 against BYU • produced the game-winning RBI three times • erased a 3-2 sixth-inning Minnesota deficit against Purdue in the Big Ten quarterfinals with a game-winning grand slam (May 9).

2013 JUNIOR SEASON:
Started 54 games in center field • hit .205 average from the plate with a .292 on-base percentage • stole 18 bases for the season • hit seventh home run of the season at Illinois (April 14) • began a season-long, four-game hitting streak against Georgia Southern (March 16) ending against Iowa (March 22) • scored first run of the season against Louisville (Feb. 10) recording two runs • finished ninth in Big Ten for stolen bases, 11th in steal attempts and fifth in strikeouts • Distinguished Scholar Athlete • Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

2012 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar • started every game in center field • hit a career-high .245 from the plate with a .338 on-base percentage • stole six bases, which tied for second on the team • went a perfect 2-for-2 from the plate while also notching her first career home run against Iowa State (Feb. 17) • tallied her second homer of the season and her career in the team's second meeting with Iowa State (Feb. 19) • hit 3-for-3 and stole two bases against Notre Dame (Feb. 26) • began a season-long, five-game hitting streak against Providence (Mar. 9) • during the hitting streak, went 5-for-14 with three RBI and scored one run • her hitting streak ended against Idaho State (Mar. 17) • tallied a double and two RBI in the series opener against Nebraska (Mar. 31) • went 3-for-6 with a home run in the midweek doubleheader against Green Bay (Apr. 11) • helped the Gophers take 2-of-3 from Northwestern (Apr. 14-15) by going 4-for-9 at the plate with a double, three RBI and scoring twice • notched a hit and scored twice in Game Two of the Michigan series (Apr. 21).

2011 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Started 54 games as a freshman in 2011 • recorded a .214 batting average (25-for-117) • scored 12 runs and knocked in 10 RBI • tallied 22 walks and hit by two pitches • had a .348 on-base percentage • went 7-for-8 on stolen base attempts, which gave her the second most on the team • knotched first career start and hit in the season opener at New Mexico State, where she went 1-for-3 with two RBI and scored a run • recorded first career extra base hit with a RBI double against UC Riverside (March 4) • went 2-for-4 versus Northern Colorado (March 11) for first multi-hit game of career • boosted batting average over .200 for first time since Feb. 13 after a 2-for-2 effort against Iowa (April 13) • went 4-for-6 in the two-game series versus No. 2 Michigan • finished the season on a strong note posting a May batting average of .350 (7-for-20).

HIGH SCHOOL:
A 2010 graduate of Eagan (Minn.) High School • played for coach Courtney Dully • a member of the 2008 state championship team and the 2009 state consolation championship team • earned all-section honors in 2008 and 2009 as well as all-metro accolades in 2010 • served as team captain as a senior in 2010 • posted a .446 batting average in 2010 •high school teammate offellow Gophers freshman Sara Moulton • a four-year letter winner in softball, also lettered twice in volleyball • also played for the Minnesota Sting (2008) and Minnesota Blizzard (2009-10) • listed on Eagan's A Honor Roll.

PERSONAL:
Daughter of Mike and Patty Blanchette • mother, Patty (Hammond),was a member of the Gophers women's gymnastics team from 1983-84 • grandfather, Bruce Hammond, played football at Minnesota from 1956-59 • uncle, Bob Hammond, wrestled for the Gophers from 1979-81 • credits her most memorable sports thrill as winning state in 2008 • lists going to the cabin and spending time with family and friends as her hobbies.

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG BB HBP SO OBP SF SH SB-ATT PO A FLD
2011 .214 54-54 117 12 25 3 0 0 10 28 .239 22 2 35 .348 0 9 7-8 17 3 .870
2012 .245 53-53 139 26 34 4 0 3 18 47 .338 11 4 32 .318 0 2 6-7 35 3 .950
2013 .208 55-54 159 25 33 9 0 7 22 63 .396 18 2 42 .294 1 4 18-19 25 4 .967
2014 .204 56-56 152 28 31 5 0 5 24 51 .336 19 3 25 .305 0 4 11-12 35 1 .857
TOTAL .217 218-217 567 91 123 21 0 15 74 189 .333 70 11 134 .314 1 19 42-46 112 11 .911