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.
First Pitch with Maddie Houlihan
Our final freshman to introduce you to before season is Maddie Houlihan out of Plymouth, Minn.
Groenewegen Named to Watch List
Sara Groenewegen has been selected to the “Watch List” for the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award for her second straight season.
First Pitch with Taylor Chell
With season less than two weeks away get to know one of the newest Gophers in freshman outfielder Taylor Chell.