Bree Blanchette turned a 3-2 deficit against Purdue into a 6-3 lead
Minnesota finishes with a 44-12 record
Minnesota downed North Dakota State, 4-1, in 10 innings
Minnesota will play either Michigan or Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament title game
The No. 3-seeded Gophers topped sixth-seed Purdue, 6-3, to advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals
Gopher softball player Bree Blanchette is featured in this week's G:60.
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).
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.
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.
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