Fourteen members of the Minnesota softball team were named academic all-conference honorees Thursday
Sara Groenewegen has been named an NFCA Second Team All-American
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
2015 Game-by-Game Stats
2014 Game-by-Game Stats
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Started all 60 games for Minnesota at the pitcher and designated player positions • NFCA Second Team All-American • named the Big Ten Player of the Year, the Gophers' first recipient of the award since 1991; became the third player in conference history to win Big Ten Player, Pitcher and Freshman of the Year awards in her career • unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection and First Team NFCA All-Great Lakes Region honoree • Academic All-Big Ten • was the only underclassman to be named a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award top-10 finalist • five-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 9, March 2, March 16, April 27 and May 4) • Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Pitcher of the Week, USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week and espnW National Player of the Week for the week of May 5 • made 44 pitching appearances, including 39 starts, and finished with 234.1 innings pitched • accrued a 1.67 ERA, which ranked her 21st nationally and first in the Big Ten • tied for the Big Ten lead, eighth in the nation and second in program history with 31 wins tied for the league lead with a .168 opponent batting average • was 10th in the country with 10 shutouts • strikeout total of 379 slotted her third in the nation and first in the conference and was the second-highest mark in school history • strikeouts-per-seven-innings rate of 11.3 was second nationally • allowed 4.21 hits per seven innings, putting her at No. 14 in the country and No. 1 in the Big Ten • posted 17 double-digit strikeouts performances and fanned a school-record 19 batters, tied for the second-most in a single game by any pitcher in an NCAA Division I game in 2015, in a win over Purdue (May 2) • threw no-hitters against NCAA Tournament teams Northwestern (April 12) and North Dakota State (April 22) • tossed one-hitters against Mississippi State (Feb. 27) and Iowa (April 25) and added two-hitters against Stetson (Feb. 13), Iowa (April 26), Purdue (May 1 and 2) and New Mexico State (May 16) • recorded saves against Santa Clara (March 7) and South Dakota (April 15) • against top-25 teams, recorded six wins in 10 appearances, including two shutouts, and piled up 80 strikeouts in 53.2 innings • was 8-1 with a 1.51 ERA and 106 strikeouts in nine starts at home • at the plate, was third on the team with a .372 batting average and had a .474 on-base percentage and .650 slugging percentage • led the Gophers with 12 home runs and 117 total bases • led Minnesota with a .429 batting average and had a .771 slugging percentage in Big Ten play • hit .425 and led the team with a .558 on-base percentage and a .775 slugging percentage at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium • had 17 multi-hit games, including career-best four-hit outings against Stetson (Feb. 13), Boise State (Feb. 21) and Wisconsin (April 29) • collected multiple RBI in 11 games, including five versus Stetson (Feb. 13) and a career-high six against Illinois (March 20) • drove in 44 total runs, five of which were game-winners and nine of which came with two outs • scored three game-winning runs • had a nine-game hitting streak from March 28 to April 12 • reached base in 51 of 60 games and had a 26-game reached base streak from March 28 to May 16 • registered two-home run games against Stetson (Feb. 13), Boise State (Feb. 21), Illinois (March 20) and Wisconsin (April 29) and set a career-high with three runs scored in victories over the Hatters and Badgers • reached base in 22 of 40 leadoff chances, including two homers.
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Became Minnesota's first Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and also won the Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award, becoming the third player in conference history to earn both accolades in the same season • First Team All-Big Ten • NFCA Division I All-Great Lakes Region Second Team • top-10 NFCA National Freshman of the Year finalist • named the University's Female Rookie of the Year • Big Ten Freshman of the Week March 31, April 7, and April 28 • Big Ten Pitcher of the Week (April 7) • named Minnesota's Freshman of the Year • started in 55 of the team's 56 games • in the circle, went 14-3 with a 2.23 ERA, striking out 192 batters and holding opposing batters to a .170 average, the best mark in the Big Ten and second-lowest in school history • had the nation's top strikeouts-per-seven-innings rate at 11.6 • picked up three saves, tossed nine complete games, and had five shutouts • had seven double-digit strikeout games and had the most strikeouts in any 2014 Big Ten conference game when she fanned 14 batters against Purdue (May 2) • allowed 70 hits, the third-fewest ever in a season by a Big Ten pitcher with 75-plus innings pitched • yielded just 30 hits in conference play, the eighth fewest ever among league pitchers with at least 40 innings pitched • threw a no-hitter against Penn State (April 26) • earned three wins over ranked opponents and added a win in relief in NCAA regional play against North Dakota State (May 17) • at the plate, hit cleanup in 44 games and had Minnesota's third-highest batting average at .299 • slugged .592 with a .418 on-base percentage • tied for second on the team, sixth in the conference, and eighth in a single-season school history with 11 home runs • reached base in 45 of 55 games, including 15 games in a row from March 16 to April 13 • had hits in 10-straight games from Feb. 8-23 • notched a team-high nine game-winning RBI • registered 25 of her 42 RBI with two outs and drove in 15 runs (four off home runs) against top-25 ranked opponents • had 11 multi-hit games and 12 multiple-RBI games, including four-RBI performances against Big Ten foes Nebraska (March 23), Northwestern (April 12), and Purdue (May 3) • hit one of the team's two grand slams on the season against Nebraska (March 23) • had three-hit games against Iowa (April 8) and Penn State (April 26).
Has played on the Canadian National team since 2013 • Was a 2015 Pan American Gold Medalist. In the gold medal game pitched an eight inning seven strikeout game allowing just one earned run • played at the 2014 World Cup of softball in Irvine, Calif., the 2014 Canadian Open in Surrey, B.C., and the 2014 ISF World Championships in Haarlem, Netherlands • picked up wins against the United States and Japan during her 2014 stint with her national team • in 2013, played at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, Okla. and the Canadian Open in Surrey, B.C. with the National Team and at the 2013 ISF Junior Women's World Softball Championships in Brampton, Ont. with the Junior National Team.
Played for Team Canada, Junior Team Canada, Team British Columbia, the White Rock Renegades, and the Northwest Sidewinders prior to coming to Minnesota • won the 2013 Province Head of the Class Award • was a part of three national championship teams and three provincial championship teams • pitched a perfect game at provincials and tossed a no-hitter against Team China • also played four years of volleyball and three years of basketball.
Plans to major in sport management • most memorable sports thrill was winning her Canadian national championship game in the bottom of the seventh inning • plays softball while managing Type 1 diabetes • uncle, Leo, played 17 years in the Canadian Football League • sister, Marina, played softball at Bradley in 2013 and 2014 after transferring from Southern Idaho • daughter of Arnie and Reesa Groenewegen • born April 12, 1995.
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Groenewegen Named to Watch List
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