Freshman Tyler Walker was named Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
Minnesota's Total is up from 123 Following the 2011 Spring Seasons
Sara Moulton pitched her 10th game this season with double-digit strikeouts in game one.
Behind a no-hitter from Sara Moulton, Minnesota grabbed a 2-0 win over Kent State, but the Gophers would fall to host UNLV 2-1 in the nightcap.
Served primarily as a pinch hitter appeared in 23 games with one start in the outfield went 3-for-22 from the plate with three RBI notched first hit of the season and knocked in a run at UNLV (Feb. 11) had another successful pinch hit appearance with recording a RBI versus Iowa State (Feb. 19) received only start of the season against James Madison (Feb. 25) tallied another RBI against Ohio (Mar. 3) got a hit in Game Two of the Nebraska series (Mar. 31) scored a run in the first game against Green Bay (Apr. 11).
2011 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Played in 31 games with 25 starts as a freshman in 2011 recorded a .218 batting average (17-for-78) knocked in 13 RBI and scored three runs tallied seven total extra-base hits (four doubles, one triple and two homeruns) acquired an on-base percentage of .287 and a slugging percentage of .372 began the season as a pinch hitter and worked into one of the main players to start at the designated player spot first hit of her career came against UC Riverside (Feb. 20) went 2-for-3 with a triple in her first career start (Feb. 25 versus Morehead State) hit first career homerun at Missouri State (March 16) had two hits and a pair of RBI against Northern Iowa (March 17) missed only a triple to complete the cycle in a five RBI performance versus Iowa State (April 7).
A 2010 graduate of Spring Lake Park High School four-year letter winner in softball while playing for Lori and Dave Lightbody a two-time all-state honoree (2009,2010) also earned all-conference and all-section accolades for three-straight years (2008-2010) a member of the 2009 NAFA National Championship team served as team captain for two years participated in the 2010 Minnesota All-Star Series also lettered twice in basketball and twice in weight lifting holds Spring Lake Park's power clean record a two-time KARE 11 athlete of the week, four-time Star Tribune athlete of the week and a three-time Pioneer Press athlete of the week.
Plans to major in kinesiology or sports management with a coaching minor daughter of Randy and Chris DuPaul has one older brother Pat lists serving as an EMT, scuba diving and spending time with family and friends as her hobbies credits earning the 2009 NAFA National Championship as her most memorable sports moment.
GET TO KNOW SARA DUPAUL:
Why the University of Minnesota?
I grew up going to Gopher games, and I absolutely loved the Maroon and Gold. I was a longtime camper for all the softball clinics, and I fell in love with the program, campus and school.
What is it like playing for Minnesota?
Only a few people in the world put on the Maroon and Gold jersey, and I consider it to be an honor. I get to practice and play with my best friends while performing in front of my friends and family. It's a feeling like none!
Favorite aspect of softball?
I love to hit! I just love the battle between you and the pither.
I can't step on the chalk lines before a game, and my bat hangs in the same spot. We also stand in the exact same spot in the dugout for each game.
First softball memory?
Playing catch with my mom in the yard
Game/reality show you would like to be on?
MTV's Real World/Road Rules: The Challenge
Favorite thing to do in the Twin Cities?
Walking the city and seeing the skyline at night
Favorite TV show as a kid?
Boy Meets World
Guilty pleasure song?
"Devil in Disguise" by Elvis Presley
Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
Travel the World
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.