Fourteen members of the Minnesota softball team were named academic all-conference honorees Thursday
The sophomore pitcher struck out 15 batters in a 1-0 win over Purdue
Minnesota picked up its third-straight shutout of Iowa
Minnesota beat the Bison, 8-0, in the first game before dropping the second game, 5-4
The junior allowed just three hits in 6.1 shutout innings against Michigan State to improve to 7-2
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
2016 Game-by-Game Stats
2015 Game-by-Game Stats
2014 Game-by-Game Stats
2013 Game-by-Game Stats
2016 • SENIOR SEASON:
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.
2015 • JUNIOR SEASON:
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).
2014 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
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.
2013 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
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.
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