The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
Fourteen members of the Minnesota softball team were named academic all-conference honorees Thursday
Sara Groenewegen threw a two-hitter in the NCAA Tournament elimination game win
Minnesota opened the NCAA Tournament with a 10-2 win in six innings over New Mexico State
Minnesota had three members on the first and second NFCA All-Great Lakes Region teams and one third-team honoree
02.28.16 Softball vs. Houston
2016 Game-by-Game Stats
2015 Game-by-Game Stats
2014 Game-by-Game Stats
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON:
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.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
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.
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
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.
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