The Gophers reached the 30-win mark for the second-straight season, which hasn't happened since 2003 and 2004.
Freshman Erica Meyer notched her seventh home run of the season in the third inning.
The Golden Gophers saw Penn State storm back to pull off two comeback victories on Saturday afternoon.
A Bree Blanchette hit in the ninth barely bent foul to negate what would have been a game-winning hit.
Sara Moulton garnered her 19th and 20th victory of the season behind a pair of 10-strikeout performances.
2012 SENIOR SEASON:
Made 29 appearances with 13 starts hurled 76 innings and compiled a 6-8 record, which is the most wins in her career for a single season posted a career-low ERA of 4.88 made eight scoreless appearances made first appearance of the year in a two-inning, clean-up effort again Weber State (Feb. 12) tallied first win of the year in a three-inning outing against CSU Bakersfield (Feb. 12) garnered her second win against James Madison (Feb. 25) in a five-hit, five-strikeout performance notched a season-high seven strikeouts in a win over Cleveland State (Mar. 2) had a complete game, four-hit outing in a loss to Providence (Mar. 9) tossed a three-hitter against Bethune-Cookman (Mar. 10) and struck out six batters for a win garnered her fifth win on the year with a five-inning outing against Illinois (Mar. 24) where she allowed five hits and fanned five reached career-high number of single season victories by tossing 5.1 innings against Nebraska (Mar. 31) for victory number six hurled 5.2 innings against Michigan (Apr. 22) and allowed only four hits in an extra-inning loss capped off her career with a complete game performance against Iowa (May 12).
2011 JUNIOR SEASON:
Appeared in 23 games for the Gopher's and started 12 pitched 87.2 innings with an 6.07 ERA struck out 98 batters and walked 72 threw eight complete games gained first win of the season in a 4.1 inning relief outing versus UNC Greensboro (Feb. 26) recorded first complete game against Oklahoma State (March 11) tallied second win in an 11-3 triumph over Iowa State (April 7) by fanning eight batters and only allowing five hits turned in arguably her best career outing on April 9 versus South Dakota in a complete game one-hit shutout where she struck out a career high 17 batters.
2010 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Appeared in 30 games with 30 starts pitched 168.1 innings with a 6.57 ERA struck out 133 batters, walking 112 pitched 8 complete games including a 10.0 inning overtime win against Wisconsin (5/12) allowed one run against against Indiana (4/17) struck out batters in every game she played recorded two games with double digit strikeouts (12 and 11) ... committed only 1 error with a fielding percentage of .980 also had 3 at bats with 1 walk.
2009 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Started seven games in the circle and appeared in 16 pitched 58.1 innings finishing with a 1-7 record and a 6.12 ERA struck out 40 batters and surrendered 31 walks threw three compete games, including a 5.0 inning, four hit, 13-1 win over Butler on Mar. 19 for her first career win first career start came on Feb. 6 against North Florida in the second game of the season in her second start, on Feb. 8 vs. UNC Greensboro, tabbed her first career complete game, throwing all 7.0 innings, allowing just five hits and one run, while striking out a career high seven before losing the decision 0-1 threw 3.0 innings of one hit, shutout relief against Nevada on Feb. 27, as well as 3.0 shutout innings against Stanford the same day struck out four or more batters on five occasions also started three games as a DH and recorded 35 total at-bats on the season, collecting five hits for a .143 average first career hit came on Feb. 22 vs. Pittsburgh went 1-for-1 with an RBI as a pinch hitter on Feb. 28 vs. UC Riverside helped her own cause in her win over Butler on Mar. 19, going 1-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI notched a career high four at-bats on Mar. 1 earned second letter.
Graduate of J.I. Case High School high school coach was Damon Jackson Named 2007 Division I Player of the Year (Wis.) three-time all-county and two-time all-area selection named All-Southeast Conference in 2006, 2007 and 2008 two-time All-State honoree led high school team to Southeast Conference championships in 2006 and 2007 and also to a regional championship in 2007 competed for Racine Belles for six years named to the USSSA World Series All-Tournament team in 2007 and 2008 earned all-county Player of the Year awards in 2007 and 2008 collected MVP accolades at the 2008 USSSA World Series National Honor Society (NHS) member also earned high school letters in volleyball and basketball.
Parents are Jim and Maria Koch has siblings Trista (24) and Mike (23) lists a comeback victory in the ASA state championship game as her greatest sports thrill enjoys snowboarding, camping and traveling born Nov. 3, 1989.
GET TO KNOW ALISSA KOCH:
Why the University of Minnesota?
My sophomore year of high school I attended my first softball camp at Minnesota, and following that, I was determined to come here. Eventually my goal grew into a desire to play softball for Minnesota as well.
What is it like to play for Minnesota?
Playing softball for the University is a lot of hard work, but it is worth it. The team is your family, and we push one another everyday to become the best we can be. It is a once in a lifetime experience that I have gained, and I wouldn't trade this time for anything.
Favorite aspect of softball?
That it is a true team sport, and one person can't win the game.
Last year, I wore a specific headband, but it broke right after we played South Dakota..
First softball memory?
When I was 6-years old, my brother and I would go outside and play baseball with a tennis ball and bat. First and third were trees, second was a fence post, and if you hit it over the street, it was a homerun.
Game/reality show you would like to be on?
I would love to be on The Glee Project because I love to act, sing and dance. I don't do any of them well, but it would be an awesome experience.
Favorite place to eat in Dinkytown?
Loring Pasta Bar, but I only go there when my parents are intown.
Favorite TV show as a kid?
I love Rugrats when I was little.
Guilty pleasure song?
"Kiss From a Rose" by Seal
Live in another country for any amount of time
Run a marathon
Write a children's book
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