Sam Macken
Sam  Macken


Rochester, Minn.

High School:
Rochester Lourdes HS




Record 14 Gophers Earn Academic All-B1G Honors

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


Minnesota Blanks NMSU, Stays Alive

Sara Groenewegen threw a two-hitter in the NCAA Tournament elimination game win


Gophers Start NCAA Tournament With 10-2 Win

Minnesota opened the NCAA Tournament with a 10-2 win in six innings over New Mexico State


Record Seven Gophers Named All-Region

Minnesota had three members on the first and second NFCA All-Great Lakes Region teams and one third-team honoree


Five Gophers Honored By Big Ten

Sara Groenewegen was named the Big Ten Player of the Year


02.28.16 Softball vs. Houston

02.28.16 Softball vs. Houston

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2015 Game-by-Game Stats

2014 Game-by-Game Stats

Contributed an RBI against Utah Valley • recorded hits against No.8 Oklahoma • added two hits and three RBIs against Texas Tech • established one run, two hits and one RBI against Long Beach State • added two hits against No. 19 Washington • in two games against Virgina Tech, earned three runs, three hits and one RBI • in first match up against No. 13/15 Florida State, added one run two hits and two RBI • earned two runs in the win over Mount St. Mary's • established five RBI, hitting one home run and one double over Arizona State • hit a double and earned one run in the win over Saint Francis • hit two doubles and established one run in the 5-0 win over Houston • contributed four assists and one run in win over Western Carolina • recorded an RBI in close loss to No. 9 Georgia • scored three times in the first inning, also recorded two RBI in win over Jacksonville • earned one run in close win over No. 9 Georgia • recorded five RBI and one run in win over UMASS • established a double and two runs in win over LIU • contributed one run and RBI against Tulsa • recorded two homeruns in win over No. 13 Oklahoma • accomplished a homerun in first at bat for the Gophers in win over UMKC • contributed two hits and one RBI in 5-0 sweep of Purdue • established one run, two hits and three RBI in three games against Northwestern • started at third base for three games against Illinois, recording five runs, five hits and five RBI • started at third in double header against Wisconsin, recording two runs and three hits in the first game • started at third base in series against Rutgers, establishing six hits, three runs and five RBI • started at third for both games against Nebraska, contributing three hits, two runs and one RBI • started at third for series against Maryland, adding three runs, four hits and five RBI.

Started all 60 of Minnesota's games at third base and hit first or second in the order in every game • Second Team All-Big Ten and First Team NFCA All-Great Lakes Region selection • Academic All-Big Ten • hit for a .363 batting average and a .471 on-base percentage • hit for a .385 batting average in Big Ten play and had a .415 average with a .528 on-base percentage at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium • was a perfect 14-for-14 on stolen base attempts • scored 57 runs, tying for the second-most in a single season by a Minnesota player • scored eight game-winning runs and drove in five game-winning runs • registered multiple hits in 18 games • reached base in 56 of 60 games, including a 24-game reached base streak from March 18 to April 29 • had hits in 45 games • had a .500 on-base percentage as a leadoff hitter and posted a .400 batting average with two outs, racking up 19 two-out RBI • put up a .417 on-base percentage against top-25 ranked teams and a .468 on-base percentage against teams that made the NCAA Tournament • had a career-high five RBI against Iowa (April 26) and scored a career-best three runs in games against NCAA Tournament teams Fordham (March 1), Michigan (April 3) and New Mexico State (May 15) • had an eight-game hit streak from April 11-22, including a string of five-consecutive games with two hits from April 11-18 • hit for a .444 average with a .500 on-base percentage and a team-best .667 slugging percentage at the NCAA Tucson Regional.

Appeared in 43 games with 30 starts, playing primarily in the outfield • hit .258 with a .358 on-base percentage and posted an average of .324 with an OBP of .457 in Big Ten play • recorded her first-career hit in her first start against Central Arkansas (Feb. 8) • first career home run was a walk-off shot to clinch run-rule win against UNC-Greensboro (Feb. 23) • sealed Minnesota's first Big Ten Tournament championship in 15 years with a walk-off RBI single against Michigan (May 10) • hit a walk-off home run in a run-rule victory over Green Bay in the Gophers' Minneapolis NCAA Regional opener • hit a go-ahead three-run home run against Auburn in the bottom of the sixth inning of the NCAA regional championship to help send the Gophers to their first-ever super regional • scored game-winning runs against Nebraska (March 23), Purdue (May 4), and in regional play against North Dakota State (May 17) • had three multi-hit games, all in league action • reached base in eight-consecutive games from April 12 to May 4 and had a hit in the final seven contests of that stretch • was eight-for-eight on stolen base attempts on the season.


Earned six letters and won four team MVP awards for the Rochester Lourdes softball team, hitting for a career average of .509 • was a four-time all-conference, all-section, and all-state selection • set eight school season records, including average (.595), hits (47), and fewest strikeouts (one) • Holds 13 school career records, including average (.509), hits (135), and hitting streak (31 games) • won the school's Francis McGovern Award for her dedication to athletics and the Early Risers Exchange Club Athlete of the Season • Competed in numerous ASA and USSSA state and national events • was a part of the Minnesota State High School League All-Star Series and was a finalist for the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission's Female Athlete of the Year Award • also lettered three times in hockey and twice in volleyball • selected to three hockey all-conference teams and one all-state team, as well as one volleyball all-conference team.

Majoring in business and marketing education • lists being the winning pitcher at the USSSA World Series as her most memorable sports thrill • hobbies include travel, hunting, and riding four-wheelers • father, Mike, played baseball for Wisconsin from 1981-85 • daughter of Mike and Becky Macken • born March 3, 1995.

2014 .258 43-30 93 20 24 4 1 4 11 42 .452 10 5 12 .358 1 2 8-8 10 1 1.000
2015 .363 60-60 182 57 66 9 3 7 35 102 .560 29 10 33 .471 2 2 14-14 28 62 .928
TOTAL .327 103-90 275 77 90 13 4 11 46 144 .524 39 15 45 .434 3 4 22-22 38 63 .935


Gophers Season Comes to Close at Regionals


Minnesota fell 15-7 to Washington in Regional Championship round

Gophers Advance to Championship Sunday


Minnesota pulled out a 7-5 victory on a long, cold and rainy night in Seattle.

Gophers Playing Must Win Game


Minnesota fell 5-2 to NCAA Regional host Washington this afternoon and will play a must win game at 9 p.m.

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