Nine Golden Gophers maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2014-15 academic year.
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
Minnesota had three members on the first and second NFCA All-Great Lakes Region teams and one third-team honoree
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:
Second Team NFCA All-Great Lakes Region • Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 First Team • Academic All-Big Ten • hit .327 and was second on the Gophers with 11 home runs and 49 RBI • led Minnesota with eight game-winning RBI and scored four game-winning runs • hit for a .389 average with a .611 slugging percentage against top-25 ranked opponents and a .474 average with a .789 slugging percentage against NCAA Tournament teams • paced Minnesota with 16 multi-RBI games and had a five-RBI game against Stanford March 6 • registered 12 multi-hit games, including four-hit contests against NCAA Tournament teams Louisville and California and three-hit games against national tournament qualifiers Mississippi State, Northwestern and New Mexico State • belted a grand slam against South Dakota State (March 13) hit an inside-the-park home run against North Dakota State (April 22) • notched a .364 batting average with two outs and had 16 two-out RBI • had a .403 average with runners in scoring position • helped the Gophers match their best start in program history by opening the year with a 15-game hitting streak • reached base in 16-straight games from Feb. 6-27 • posted a 1.000 fielding percentage.
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Academic All-Big Ten and NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete • Started 23 games, 20 of which came at the designated player position, and appeared in 41 games • hit .351 with a .409 on-base percentage and a .409 slugging percentage • recorded the first two steals of her career and belted five home runs • had seven multi-hit games, including two three-hit performances against Northwestern (April 11 and 12) • Had season highs of three runs scored and four RBI April 11 against Northwestern • reached base in five-straight games from April 8-18 • hit .321 with a .367 OBP and .667 slugging percentage in 12 appearances against top-25 ranked opponents.
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Named Minnesota's Teammate of the Year • played in 12 games during her sophomore campaign, making two starts •recorded a .154 batting average with a .313 on-base percentage • doubled into the left field corner as part of a two-run sixth against St. Bonaventure (Feb. 23) • finished the season with two hits • lined a single over the third base and into left field against Northwestern (March 31) • Academic All-Big Ten.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Filled in for the absent Dannie Skrove in the outfield with recording 24 starts in 28 appearances • hit 1.84 from the palte with a .279 on-base percentage • recorded first career hit in a 2-for-4 performance against CSU Bakersfield (Feb. 12) with a home run and two RBI • posted another 2-for-4 outing again Cleveland State (Mar. 2) • went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI against Bethune-Cookman (Mar. 10) • notched a RBI double against Florida Atlantic (Mar. 10) • went 1-for-2 with two RBI in the series opener against Nebraska (Mar. 31) • tallied a pinch-hit RBI double against Green Bay (Apr. 11).
Graduated from Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, Ill. • three-year letterwinner • boasted a .425 batting average throughout her high school career • 2011 All-DuPage Valley Conference selection • tagged all-area in 2011 • four-time academic all-conference honoree • member of the DuPage Valley Conference leadership council • coached by Denise McCance and Tom Wentland • also played for the Wheaton Wildcats (2004-08) and the Lemont Rockers (2009).
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.