Paige Palkovich
Paige  Palkovich


Apple Valley, Minn.

High School:
Eastview HS




Record 14 Gophers Earn Academic All-B1G Honors

Fourteen members of the Minnesota softball team were named academic all-conference honorees Thursday


Groenewegen Twirls Gem, Gophers Win

The sophomore pitcher struck out 15 batters in a 1-0 win over Purdue


Gophers Blank Hawkeyes to Secure Sweep

Minnesota picked up its third-straight shutout of Iowa


Gophers Split Twin Bill With NDSU

Minnesota beat the Bison, 8-0, in the first game before dropping the second game, 5-4


Anderson Shines in Gophers' 7-1 Win

The junior allowed just three hits in 6.1 shutout innings against Michigan State to improve to 7-2


Palkovich Game-Winning Blast

Paige Palkovich hit a two-run home run to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning of a 3-1 win vs. UNI.


02.27.16 Softball vs. St. Francis + Houston

02.27.16 Softball vs. St. Francis + Houston

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2016 Game-by-Game Stats
2015 Game-by-Game Stats

2014 Game-by-Game Stats

2013 Game-by-Game Stats

Started all 57 games for the Gophers in center field • named a sportsmanship honoree and received a Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award • leaves having been hit by more pitches than any other player in program history (38) • hit .275 with 10 doubles, a triple and seven home runs with 36 RBi and a slugging percentage of .490 • recorded a run against Utah Valley • established hits against No. 8 Oklahoma • had one run against Texas Tech • produced two hits against No. 19 Washington • in two games against Virgina Tech, added one run, three hits and six RBI • in two-game matchup versus No. 13/15 Florida State, earned one hit and one RBI • earned two runs in three at bats in the win over Mount St. Mary's • established a solo home run, an RBI, and contributed another run in the win over Arizona State • contributed one run in the win over Saint Francis • established a home run with two RBI in 5-3 win over Houston • recorded two runs in win over Western Carolina • contributed two runs in close loss to No. 9 Georgia • earned one run in win over Jacksonville • recorded a double and a run in win over UMASS • contributed two RBI and one run in win over LIU • earned a run in win over No. 13 Oklahoma • laid down a bunt single to get things started in the top of the second and stole second the very next pitch, was brought home with a single up the middle against Kansas • stole two bases in win over UMKC • in three games against Purdue, accomplished one run, three hits and two RBI • started in center field all weekend against Northwestern, establishing two hits, two runs and one RBI • served as starter in center field for all three games against Illinois, recording three runs, three hits and two RBI • started in center in double header against Wisconsin, adding one hit in the first game • started in center in series against Rutgers, establishing two runs, two hits and six RBI • started in center for both games against Nebraska, contributing two runs, one hit and one RBI • starting center for series against Maryland, adding three runs • drilled a home run against Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament • added another home run in the NCAA Tournament. 

Played in 58 games with 51 starts in the outfield, including 45 starts at the left field position • Academic All-Big Ten • hit for a career-best .310 average, .448 on-base percentage and .570 slugging percentage • hit .380 in Big Ten play and .355 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium • led Minnesota with two grand slams, including a walk-off grand slam at Arizona in the NCAA Tucson Regional (May 17) • paced the Gophers with five bases-loaded hits, going 5-for-11 in such situations • had three multi-hit games and eight games with multiple RBI • drove in four runs three times, including back-to-back four-RBI performances against Northwestern April 11-12 • registered the game-winning RBI four times and scored the game-winning run in victories over Stanford (March 7) and Fresno State (March 14) • put together a career-long nine-game hit streak from April 18 to May 1 and ended the regular season with a 13-game reached base streak • was successful on nine of 10 stolen base attempts • had a .967 fielding percentage and recorded an outfield assist against James Madison (Feb. 27).

Made 46 appearances with 27 starts • hit .160 with a .222 on-base percentage in 50 at-bats • stole six bases and scored 10 runs, including two in the Gophers' season-opening win over Murray State and the game-winning run against South Carolina (Feb. 28) • notched an RBI against South Carolina and had hits against both the Gamecocks and Detroit Feb. 28 • had hits in both games of a doubleheader versus Wisconsin (April 6) • posted a .985 fielding percentage.

Played in 50 games, with 42 starts, mainly at first base • batted .189 on the season • was hit by pitch 12 times, the most on the team • hit two triples, tied for the team lead • tallied seven doubles on the season • hit an RBI triple at UNLV (Feb. 10) • went 2-for-3 with a solo HR vs. Illinois State (Feb. 15) • tripled and scored a run vs. Northern Iowa (Feb. 16) • hit a game-winning two-run home run in the second game that day • batted 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a HR at Northwestern (March 30) • went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI at Iowa State (April 24).

A 2012 graduate of Eastview High School • earned all-conference honors three times • batted .436 with a .536 on base percentage as a senior • batted .700 during the Section 3AAA tournament • in addition to playing shortstop, she pitched, and had four wins and three saves • four-time academic letter honoree • captain of both the softball and basketball teams.

The daughter of Mark Palkovich and Mary Palkovich.

2013 .189 50-42 111 20 21 7 2 3 15 41 .369 23 9 12 .313 2 6 6-7 279 9 .986
2014 .160 46-27 50 10 8 0 0 0 1 8 .160 2 2 10 .222 0 3 6-8 129 2 .986
2015 .310 58-51 100 36 31 6 1 6 31 57 .570 16 9 18 .448 0 5 9-10 57 1 .967
2016 .275 57-57 153 39 42 10 1 7 36 75 .490 21 15 19 .408 2 5 8-10 49 2 .981
TOTAL .246 211-177 414 105 102 23 4 16 83 181 .437 48 38 78 .373 4 19 29-35 514 14 .983


Dwyer's Wit Brings Gophers Together


Known by many as the funniest person on the team Dwyer has used her dry wit to ease tension and create team laughs on multiple occasions.

A True Softball Family: The Chells


It all started when a T-ball registration postcard showed up in the mail. Now the whole Chell family has a passion for baseball and softball.

The Perfect Changeup


Every pitcher loves the feeling of making a batter whiff on a perfectly thrown changeup. Senior pitcher Tori Finucane has experienced a different kind of changeup this year.

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