Fourteen members of the Minnesota softball team were named academic all-conference honorees Thursday
Minnesota defeated South Dakota State, 20-3, and Pacific, 8-1, Friday
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
Minnesota finishes with a 44-12 record
2015 • SENIOR SEASON:
Played in 14 games, seeing time as a pinch hitter and at second base • Academic All-Big Ten • had a single and recorded an RBI via sacrifice fly against South Dakota State (March 13).
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Academic All-Big Ten • named Minnesota's Teammate of the Year, as voted upon by the members of the team • appeared in 15 games with a pair of starts at second base • hit for a .455 average with a .545 slugging percentage • scored four runs • stole a base on her only attempt of the season against Coastal Carolina (March 15) • drove in two runs against Penn State (April 26) • notched an RBI double against Purdue (May 3) • hit a single in super regional play at Oregon (May 25) • was two-for-three at the plate against ranked opponents and was four-for-six as a pinch hitter on the year • posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Started all 55 games, primarily at second base • tied for the team lead with two triples on the season • batted .186 • seventh in the Big Ten with 11 sacrifice bunts • 2-for-2 with a run vs. Texas Tech (Feb. 9) • hit a home run vs. Illinois State (Feb. 15) • batted 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI vs. Middle Tennessee State (March 1) • hit an RBI triple at Stanford (March 8) • went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run at Northwestern (March 30) • hit a three-run home run at Ohio State (April 28) • hit a two-run double against Indiana (May 4) • Academic All-Big Ten.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Started all 53 games at second base • had a .210 batting average and blasted four home runs • notched a two-run single against CSU Bakersfield (Feb. 12) for her first-career hit • went 2-for-3 against North Carolina (Feb. 25) • tallied a double versus Ohio (March 3) • went 3-for-4 with five RBI and notched her first-career home run in the series finale against Illinois (March 24) • recorded a two-run double in the series opener against Northwestern (Apr. 14) • belted a three-run homer in the series finale against Penn State (Apr. 29) • went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the series opener against Purdue (May 5) • capped off the Purdue series (May 6) with a 2-for-2 effort at the plate • notched her fourth homer of the season in Game Two of the Iowa series (May 12).
Graduate of Kentlake High School • earned First Team All-League honors as a junior in 2010 • hit .447 and stole 17 bases in 2010 • four-time letterwinner in softball • coached by Greg Kaas • also played with the Washington Ladyhawks 18 Gold club 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.