Nine Golden Gophers maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2014-15 academic year.
Erica Meyer is Gopher Softball's first First Team Academic All-American since 1989
Fourteen members of the Minnesota softball team were named academic all-conference honorees Thursday
Minnesota opened the NCAA Tournament with a 10-2 win in six innings over New Mexico State
Hannah Brandt, Jessica Flakne, Mathieu Froment, Michael Kroells, Lindsay Mable and Jessica Plant were named to this year's Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team.
2015 • SENIOR SEASON:
Played in 59 games with 58 starts as an outfielder, including 53 games as Minnesota’s center fielder • Capital One/CoSIDA Academic First Team All-District 6 and First Team All-American, Minnesota’s first first-team Academic All-American since 1989 • Academic All-Big Ten • Golden Goldys Top-Five Academic Award winner, given to the top five male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average • set career-highs in batting average at .315, slugging percentage at .550, on-base percentage at .432, runs with 50, hits with 47, RBI with 34 and doubles with 14 • finished her career fifth on the Gophers’ all-time runs scored list with 151 • Big Ten Co-Player of the Week Feb. 23 • led the Gophers with 16 stolen bases and three outfield assists • had 13 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games • tied a career high with three hits against UMass Lowell (Feb. 15) and Colorado State (Feb. 22) • notched a nine-game hit streak from April 10-22 • reached base in 15-consecutive games from Feb. 20 to March 13 • homered in three-straight games from Feb. 20-21 and doubled in three-consecutive games Feb. 21-22 • named the University's Most Valuable Gopher for the month of October 2014 for her work with Minnesota's Pro Day and HopeDay Festival.
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar • Academic All-Big Ten and NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete • NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team • Golden Goldys Top-Five Academic Award winner, given to the top five male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average • played in all 56 games with 54 starts at second base, hitting .252 with a .356 on-base percentage and a .424 slugging percentage • tied for third on the Gophers with 35 runs scored and tied for second with 11 stolen bases • posted a .260 batting average and was four-for-four in steal attempts against ranked opponents • had three game-winning RBI and scored seven game-winning runs, including the final run in Minnesota's Big Ten Tournament championship win against Michigan • had eight multi-hit games and five multiple-RBI games • scored a season-best three runs against BYU (Feb. 15) and notched three RBI against Boise State (Feb. 15) and in NCAA regional play against North Dakota State (May 17) • had three four-game hitting streaks • reached base in 42 games and had a 16-game reached-base streak from Feb. 14 to March 14 • was third in the Big Ten with 11 sacrifice bunts.
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Played in all 55 games, starting 54 • primarily played outfield, but also spent time at second base and shortstop • batted .270, third on the team • led the team and ranked third in the Big Ten in stolen bases, converting on 23 of her 27 attempts • swiped multiple bases in three games • batted 2-for-4, scored a run and stole two bases at UNLV (Feb. 10) • batted 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run at Florida A&M (March 20) • went 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double at Northwestern (March 30) • hit a two-run triple vs. Wisconsin (April 7) • went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two RBI and a run and was hit by pitch once vs. Indiana (May 4) • went 1-for-2 with a run, an RBI and two SB the next day to go 4-for-6 on the series • went 3-for-3 in the Gophers' NCAA opening game vs. Hawaii (May 17) • named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar after maintaining a 4.0 grade point average in the 2012-13 academic year • Academic All-Big Ten.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Started all 53 games in left field • hit .229 from the plate and posted a .351 on-base percentage • served as a dual-threat batter by belting seven home runs and recording eight bunt singles • notched first career hit in the season opener against Kent State (Feb. 11) • went a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles again Weber State (Feb. 12) • stole her first career base against Central Michigan (Feb. 17) • recorded a sacrifice bunt in three consecutive games from Feb. 18 to Feb. 24 • began a season-long, eight-game hitting streak against North Carolina (Feb. 25) • had hitting streak snapped against Western Kentucky (March 9) • tallied first career home run against Boston College (March 11) • notched two home runs in the series finale against Illinois (March 24) • went three-for-four with a double and three RBI in the series opener against Nebraska (March 31) • hit a solo homer against Wisconsin (April 7) on a 2-for-3 day with three runs • went 2-for-3 with a double in the first game of a midweek doubleheader against Green Bay (April 11) • blasted a grand slam in the series opener at Northwestern (April 14) • score the lone run in the series opener against Michigan (April 21) with a solo home run • notched a two-run homer in the series finale against Purdue (May 6) • capped off the season with a two-run homer against Iowa (March 12).
Graduated from Totino-Grace High School • earned all-conference honors in 2009, 2010 and 2011• named all-section in 2009 and 2011 • voted most valuable player for her high school team in 2009, 2010 and 2011• Pioneer Press all-state in 2009 and 2011 • four-year softball letterwinner and three-time letterwinner in cross country • pitched three perfect games during junior campaign • coached by Paul Harrington and Don Kealy • spent time playing for the Mounds View Softball Association.
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.
Gophers Start 2016 No. 14
Minnesota starts 2016 with highest preseason ranking in program history at No. 14 in the USA Today/NFCA Division 1 Preseason Top 25 Poll.