Kaitlyn Richardson, Sara Moulton, Sara Groenewegen, and Erika Smyth won team awards Friday night
Minnesota finishes with a 44-12 record
Minnesota will play North Dakota State Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for a spot in the regional championship game
Minnesota will play either Michigan or Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament title game
Minnesota, 38-9 in 2014, reached the conference title game last year
2014 REDSHIRT SENIOR SEASON:
Academic All-Big Ten Big Ten Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree appeared in 33 games as a pinch runner, scoring 14 runs stole her lone base of the season Feb. 28 in a win over South Carolina crossed the plate with the game-winning run on Senior Day against Penn State (April 26) and in the Big Ten quarterfinal round against Purdue (May 9).
2013 REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON:
Saw action in 32 games for the season all as a pinch runner finished the season with four runs recorded one stolen base named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Academic All-Big Ten.
2012 JUNIOR SEASON:
Did not see action during the 2012 season named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
2011 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Appeared in 44 games, all as a pinch runner finished sixth on the team with 15 runs recorded three stolen bases named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
2010 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Appeared in 37 games named Most Improved Player as chosen by her teammates scored 11 runs and recorded two stolen bases.
A 2009 graduate of Aitkin High School lettered five years in softball, four years in tennis and three years in basketball earned All-Great River Conference honors three times in softball along with two Great River Conference MVP's two-time team MVP as a junior batted .546 and as a senior batted .408 three-time Great River Conference selection in tennis, along with four-time team MVP and two-time state entrants all-conference honorable mention honoree in basketball.
Daughter of Joe and Andria Klucas graduated with a degree in environmental science policy and management with a 3.72 GPA in 2013 and is pursuing a Master's Degree in environmental engineering while interning at 3M born June 8, 1991.
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.