Seven Minnesota softball student-athletes were named 2013-14 NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes
Kaitlyn Richardson, Sara Moulton, Sara Groenewegen, and Erika Smyth won team awards Friday night
Florida topped No. 22/24 Minnesota, 15-2, in six innings to drop the Gophers to 8-1
Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
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 PattyBlanchette 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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