Fourteen members of the Minnesota softball team were named academic all-conference honorees Thursday
Minnesota won by scores of 7-2 and 12-1 to improve to 43-8 on the season
The Gophers are now 5-0 for the second-straight season and the fifth time in program history
The Gophers defeated Concordia-St. Paul by scores of 10-0 and 13-0 in two run-rule decisions
Kaitlyn Richardson, Sara Moulton, Sara Groenewegen, and Erika Smyth won team awards Friday night
2015 • SENIOR SEASON:
Played in 28 games with five starts at the designated player position • Academic All-Big Ten • hit for a .276 average and a .432 on-base percentage with a .448 slugging percentage • hit a three-run home run against UNLV (Feb. 8) • notched doubles against Wisconsin (April 29) and Purdue (May 2) • went 5-for-15 in Big Ten play and was 4-for-8 with a 1.000 slugging percentage in road games.
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Appeared in 20 games with seven starts at the designated player position, hitting .345 with a .387 on-base percentage and a .586 slugging percentage • hit a pinch-hit home run March 7 at Oklahoma State • notched game-winning RBI against Northwestern (April 12) and Penn State (April 26) • reached base in three consecutive appearances from April 8-20 • had two hits in a win over Penn State (April 26) and in the Gophers' Minneapolis NCAA Regional championship win over Auburn (May 18).
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Started in 25 games in 2013 as a junior • had a .136 batting average with a .329 on-base percentage •saw first season RBI against Georgia Southern (March 16) • first home run of the season versus Ohio State (April 4) • ended season with two stolen bases, one at Iowa (March 23) and one versus Wisconsin (April 7) • drew a walk against Wisconsin (April 7) to put runners at corners to help pull off a double steal and eventually shut out the Badgers • hit second double of the season against Wisconsin in second day of weekend play • hit a two-run double against Iowa (March 23).
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Started all 53 games as the designated player • had a .262 batting average with a .381 on-base percentage • named Big Ten Freshman of the Week once (Feb. 27) • notched first career hit against CSU Bakersfield (Feb. 12) • belted first career home run versus Illinois State (Feb. 18) • began a seven-game hit streak against Iowa State (Feb. 19) • had a career day against Iowa State (Feb. 19) by going 2-for-4 with the two hits being homers and tallying four RBI • went 6-for-11 with four RBI at the Carolina Classic (Feb. 24-26) and was named to the All-Tournament Team • also received Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors on February 27 for her efforts at the Carolina Classic • snapped hitting streak against Ohio (Mar. 3) • started a season-long hit streak of eight games against Illinois (Mar. 24) • went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the series finale against Illinois (Mar. 24) • hit 4-for-10 with a double and two RBI during the Nebraska series (Mar. 31-Apr.1) • had hitting streak snapped against Green Bay (Apr. 11) • tallied a run and a RBI in the series opener against Northwestern (Apr. 14) without recording an official at bat, due to three walks • knocked in two runs on a homer in the second game of a doubleheader against North Dakota State (Apr. 18) • went a perfect 3-for-3 while scoring two runs and receiving one RBI in the series opener against Penn State (Apr. 28).
2011 graduate form Stillwater High School • two-time all-conference award winner (2009 and 2010) • voted Stillwater's most valuable player as a sophomore • led her high school team in home runs during junior year • five-time letter winner at Stillwater • coached by Bob Beedle • earned a roster spot on the Minnesota Sting Elite team.
Gophers Opening 2016 Season
Minnesota opens their 2016 season in Las Vegas at the Sportco Kickoff Classic taking on Utah Valley, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Long Beach State and Washington.
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.