Sam Macken
Sam  Macken


Rochester, Minn.

High School:
Rochester Lourdes HS





Eleven Gophers Earn NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete Honors

Minnesota softball saw 11 of its current and former student-athletes receive 2016-17 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Tuesday.


Gophers Earn Academic Big Ten Honors

The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.


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


02.28.16 Softball vs. Houston

02.28.16 Softball vs. Houston

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2014 Game-by-Game Stats

Moved to the outfield and started all 61 games • hit .330 with a .442 on base percentage and a .530 slugging percentage • hit 17 doubles, a triple and seven home runs with 39 RBIs • earned second-team All-Big Ten honors • won the Big Ten sportsmanship award • was a top-30 finalist for the senior CLASS award • established two runs against Texas • recorded one hit against Colorado State • had a multiple hit game against Maryland with two hits, two runs, and three RBIs • contributed three runs and four hits including one three run homer, a double and five RBIs in two victories over North Carolina State • tallied two runs and three hits over two games against UC Davis • had two hits and one RBI versus Fresno State • added one hit and one putout versus Cal Poly • tacked on two runs in Minnesota’s five inning win over Idaho State • had a multiple hit game against Troy • contributed one run, two hits and two RBIs against Illinois State • had a strong performance with three hits, one double, one RBI and one run in a pair of wins over Seattle • in two games against No. 8/8 Washington had one run and two hits including one double • added one run and two hits against South Dakota at the Washington tournament • contributed one run against Oregon State • tallied one run against No. 23/20 California • notched one run and three hits including one double and four RBIs in two games against Pacific • produced four hits, three runs and five RBIs in a three game series against Nebraska • in three games against Illinois, had two runs and three hits including a double • had three hits and three runs in a doubleheader against South Dakota • Produced four runs, three hits and two RBIs in three games against Indiana • tacked on three runs, three hits and one RBI in the series sweep over Northwestern •  combined for three runs, three its and one RBI in a doubleheader sweep over Wisconsin • established two runs, two hits and one RBI in three games against Iowa • knocked down two hits over NDSU and scored two runs in a doubleheader • made a splash on senior weekend against Purdue with two home runs  five runs and six RBIs including a five inning walk-off and a grand slam • contributed four runs, two hits and two RBIs in a series sweep of Penn State to help Minnesota claim the Big Ten regular season title • tacked on one run and one hit in Minnesota's 5-1 win over Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

Started all 57 of the Gophers games at third base hitting leadoff in every game • led the team in essentially every hitting category with a .366 batting average, 71 hits, 22 doubles, 12 home runs, 53 RBI and a slugging percentage of .675 • the 22 doubles put her second place all-time in Gophers history for most in a season • finished top five in the NCAA for extra base hits with 35 • named first-team All Big Ten and to the NFCA Great Lakes All-Region first-team • earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors • 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 • had four hits, a home run, three RBI and scored four runs in the Big Ten Tournament • had a double and five RBI in the NCAA Tournament. 

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
2016 .366 57-57 194 47 71 22 1 12 53 131 .675 22 5 14 .439 2 1 5-6 34 71 .972
2017 .330 61-61 200 58 66 17 1 7 39 106 .530 37 3 17 .442 0 1 4-5 48 3 1.000
TOTAL .339 221-208 669 182 227 52 6 30 138 381 .570 98 23 76 .438 5 6 31-33 120 137 .963


Gophers Represented in Softball Canada Selection

Gophers Represented in Softball Canada Selection

1/16/2018 - Softball

Softball Canada announced the final 22 athletics who will advance to the final stages of the Women's National Team Selection Camp.

Gopher Softball Annouces Winter Camp Info

Gopher Softball Annouces Winter Camp Info

1/4/2018 - Softball

University of Minnesota Softball Camps announced that their winter camp will take place on Sunday, January 21.

Gophers Announce 2018 Schedule

Gophers Announce 2018 Schedule

12/6/2017 - Softball

Minnesota softball head coach Jamie Trachsel announced the Gophers 2018 schedule Wednesday afternoon.

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