Minnesota will face off with Nebraska for the first time since 2007.
The Gophers split last season against the Illini, and they are 5-16 in the all-time series.
Minnesota sits atop the Big Ten Conference with the highest winning percentage of any program.
Minnesota has alloonly allowed 30 runs this season, which is the fewest for the first 18 games since 2002.
The Maroon and Gold are 21-9 all-time when playing in the state of Georgia.
2012 SENIOR SEASON:
Transitioned from the soccer pitch to the softball diamond as a pinch running specialist in January made 19 appearances on the year scored six runs while going 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts recorded first-career appearance in the team's first game against Iowa State (Feb. 17) notched first-career run and stolen base in the second game against Iowa State (Feb. 19).
GOPHER SOCCER (2011):
Appeared in six games in 2011 tallied three shots with two being on goal made first appearance in the 5-0 home opener thumping of South Dakota State (8/21) recorded first career shot at UC Santa Barbara (8/28).
ST. CLOUD STATE:
Spent three yearsas a standoutat St. Cloud State two-time All-NSIC First Team honoree led the Huskies offense in 2010 with 22 points (10 goals, two assists) in 19 games in 2010 ranks first in St. Cloud State history in both game winning-goals with 11 and shots on goal with 72 59 career points and 22 career goals both rank third all-time with the program while Pafko ranks fourth in school history with 14 career assists also a two-time all-region selection twice named St. Cloud State's Most Valuable Player.
Athree-sport captain at Blaine High School, graduating in 2007 with Blaine's soccer team, Pafko was a three-time all-conference honoree and received all-state accolades in 2007 with an honorable mention in 2006 also a member of the school's track and basketball teams, Pafko collected 11 total letters in her high school career and was a four-time all-conference honoree in track played club soccer with the North Metro Fusion club team, and was on roster for the 2007 U-17 All-American Cup Championship team, two Minnesota Premier League Championship teams and two Minnesota State Cup finalists.
Jamie Trachsel Tabbed to Lead Gophers Softball
Seven-year head coaching veteran and Minnesota native Jamie Trachsel has been selected to lead the Minnesota softball program.
Allister Departing Minnesota for Stanford
Jessica Allister is leaving her position as the head coach of Golden Gopher softball to take the same position at her alma mater, Stanford.
Gophers Add Transfer Pitcher Sydney Smith
University of Minnesota head softball coach Jessica Allister announced Wednesday the addition of pitcher Sydney Smith.