Minnesota defeated Purdue by scores of 3-2 and 4-2 to cap its regular season.
Minnesota welcomes the Coyotes before heading to Michigan State to pick up Big Ten play
The former Gopher All-American pitcher went 7-1 in her first season as a pro
Seven Minnesota softball student-athletes were named 2013-14 NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes
Kaitlyn Richardson, Sara Moulton, Sara Groenewegen, and Erika Smyth won team awards Friday night
2014 SENIOR SEASON:
Academic All-Big Ten and NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, the second Minnesota softball player to earn the accolade named an NFCA Second Team All-American, the first Gopher to receive the honor as a pitcher NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team honoree CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 6 First Team member All-Big Ten Second Team was a top-25 finalist for the USA Softball National Player of the Year Award and was a top-30 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award University of Minnesota Outstanding Student-Athlete Achievement Award winner named Minnesota's Pitcher of the Year for the fourth-straight season finished her Gopher career with a 112-50 record, holding the program records for wins, appearances (178), innings pitched (1,017), complete games (108), no-hitters (five) shutouts (47), and strikeouts (1,184) as a senior, went 27-8 with a 1.97 earned run average led the conference in wins with 27, strikeouts with 244, and was one of three pitchers in the league with a sub-2.00 ERA was 25th in the nation in strikeouts, was 18th in wins, and was sixth with 12 shutouts season shutout and win totals both ranked third in school history was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week three times Coastal Carolina Chanticleer Classic All-Tournament Team (March 14-16) had nine double-digit strikeouts performances tied a career-high with 15 strikeouts against Georgia State (March 14), the most by a Big Ten pitcher in a single game all season earned road victories against ranked foes No. 17/19 LSU (Feb. 7), No. 3 Arizona State (March 2), No. 15/17 Nebraska (March 21), and No. 3 Michigan (April 18) and defeated the Wolverines a second time to help Minnesota capture its second Big Ten Tournament (May 10) named to Big Ten All-Tournament team threw a no-hitter against Hampton (Feb. 22) and four one-hitters started the season with 28-straight scoreless innings was named the LSU Tiger Classic Most Valuable Player (Feb. 7-9) was selected fifth overall in the National Professional Fastpitch League Collegiate Draft by the Chicago Bandits.
2013 JUNIOR SEASON:
Made 48 appearances, including 45 starts, with a career-best 32-12 record broke her own single-season wins record and tied the shutouts record named to the NFCA All-Region First Team All-Big Ten First Team named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar earned two Big Ten Pitcher of the Week awards pitched 14 shutouts, including two consecutive no-hitters ranked among NCAA leaders in shutouts (t-4th), wins (t-7th) and strikeouts (9th) led the Big Ten in ERA (1.57), wins (32), starts (45), innings pitched (275.2) and strikeouts (308) tied for first in the conference in home runs allowed (eight) her season IP and strikeout totals ranked fourth in Minnesota history held opponents to a .199 batting average, third in the Big Ten tallied 29 complete games picked up her first win of the season with a shutout at UNLV (Feb. 10) shut out Northern Iowa with 12 strikeouts, allowing just one hit and two walks (Feb. 16) won the second game of the day vs. the Panthers with a one-run performance gave up one hit and three walks while striking out nine to shut out Florida Gulf Coast (Feb. 22) threw a seven-inning, one-walk no-hitter vs. Albany, striking out 12 batters (Feb. 24) followed up with a five-inning no-hitter vs. Middle Tennessee State (March 1) struck out a season-high 15 batters in a win vs. Gardner-Webb (March 3) held Pacific scoreless and surrendered just three hits with seven strikeouts (March 8) allowed one run in seven innings to beat FGCU (March 10) pitched a one-hit shutout vs. Georgia Southern (March 16) held Iowa to one run in seven innings (March 22) beat Wisconsin allowing only one run, and pitched five shutout innings to win the second game of a doubleheader the next day (April 6-7) struck out Illinois and gave up a single run at Illinois (April 13) pitched a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts at Ohio State (April 26) held Indiana scoreless for 13 total innings, including an eight-inning second game of the doubleheader (May 4) pitched back to back seven-inning shutouts vs. Penn State and Nebraska (May 10-11) shut out Portland State with 13 strikeouts in the NCAA Tournament (May 18) Academic All-Big Ten.
2012 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Named Third Team, All-Big Ten pitcher made 43 appearances with 40 starts and seven shutouts hurled 30 complete games, which is tied for fourth in school history hoisted a record of 25-14, which is tied for third most victories in Gopher history, and posted a 1.56 ERA, which ranked Top 30 nationally pitched 253.1 innings, which ranks fourth in Minnesota history garnered 302 strikeouts on the season, which ranks fourth in Minnesota history and 14th in the nation ranked Top 10 in the Big Ten in ERA (first), opposing batting average (first), innings pitched (second), strikeouts (second) and wins (second) tossed two no-hitters had 29 games this season where she allowed five or fewer hits recorded double-digit strikeouts in 13 games named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week three times (Feb. 13; Feb. 27; Mar. 12) recorded her first no-hitter in the season opener against Kent State (Feb. 11) with striking out nine pitched three-hitless innings while fanning eight batters against Weber State (Feb. 12) tagged Big Ten Pitcher of the Week following the UNLV Tournament (Feb. 11-12) for posting a 2-1 record with a 0.74 ERA in 19 innings of work while also fanning 24 batters struck out 12 batters and allowed only one hit in seven innings of work against Central Michigan (Feb. 17) had another one-hit performance against James Madison (Feb. 24) where she fanned 10 tabbed Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for recording a 2-1 record at the Carolina Classic (Feb. 24-26) and hoisting a 0.67 ERA in 21 innings of work while also striking out 28 batters notched 13 strikeouts in a seven-inning, three-hit outing against Rutgers (Mar. 4) hurled her second no-hitter against Florida Atlantic (Mar. 10) while also striking out a season-high 14 batters named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week following the Embassy Suites Invitational (Mar. 9-11) for going 2-1 and posting a spotless ERA while striking out 34 hitters allowed only three hits and fanned 11 batters in a complete-game outing against Green Bay (Apr. 11) pitched 11-shutout innings in the midweek doubleheader with North Dakota State (Apr. 18) with allowing only three hits and fanning 20 batters in the two games shutout Michigan (Apr. 21) in the series opener by surrendering only two hits and striking out 10 pitched two-complete games and struck out 11 combined batters to open the Purdue series (May 5) with a pair of victories capped of her sophomore season by allowing one run off six hits in the second game of the Iowa series (May 12).
2011 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Started 43 games and appeared in 47 garnered most wins in a season by a Gopher pitcher with 28 ranked second in the Big Ten with 278.2 inning pitched and sixth with an earned run average of 2.06 struck out 330 batters, which ranked her 14th nationally and second on Minnesota's single-season records tallied 10 games where she struck out at least 10 batters threw 32 complete games and ranked seventh in the nation with 14 shutouts pitched three one-hit shutouts named to All-Big Ten Second Team and earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors chosen as a member of the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Great Lakes Region Second Team acquired first career win in a complete game, seven strikeout performance against Rutgers (Feb. 18) tallied 13 strikeouts in a 7-2 win over Loyola Marymount (Feb. 19) threw first one-hit shutout versus UNC Greensboro on February 26 while fanning eight and only walking one snagged seventh win of the season in a complete game two-hit performance over Utah State 2-1 (March 4) defeated No. 18 Oklahoma State on March 13 by throwing a three-hit shutout recorded second one-hit shutout on March 19 against North Dakota State turned in one of her best performance on March 20 versus Western Michigan by pitching a three-hit shutout and striking out a career high 15 batters matched the Western Michigan outing six days later by throwing an identical three-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts at Indiana (March 26) struck out another 15 batters in a complete game 10-inning shutout against Iowa State (April 7) threw third complete game one-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over South Dakota (April 9) her ERA plummeted to 1.89 at the end of April hurled 12 innings in a doubleheader at Northwestern on May 4 to acquire two wins after only allowing one combined run off 11 hits and striking out 15 on the day ended the season with a complete game, 10 strikeout performance in a 3-2 win over Illinois (May 14).
A 2010 graduate of Eagan (Minn.) High School played for coach Courtney Dully named the 2009-10 Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year honored as Minnesota's Miss Softball in 2010 2009 and 2010 Star Tribune All-Metro Player of the Year 2009 Pioneer Press Player of the Year a member of the 2008 state championship team and the 2009 state consolation championship team a four-time all-state, all-metro and all-conference award winner (2007-10) a two-time team captain for Eagan High School earned team MVP honors in 2007, 2009 and 2010 holds a career 83-13 record with 1,142 strikeouts, a 0.35 ERA, 58 shutouts, 13 no hitters and three perfect games high school teammate of fellow Gophers freshman Bree Blanchette a four-year letter winner in softball, also lettered once in basketball listed on Eagan's A Honor Roll earned the 2010 Athena Award, which recognizes one outstanding senior female athlete at all greater Minneapolis schools each year also played for the Minnesota Sting (2005-10) alongside current teammates Dannie Skrove and Kari Dorle with the Minnesota Sting, finished second at the 2008 18-U ASA Nationals.
Daughter of Jeff and Kate Moulton has a younger sister, Emily credits winning the high school state softball tournament in 2008 as a sophomore as her most memorable sports thrill lists yoga and spending time with family and friends as her hobbies graduated with a degree in business and marketing education.
Groenewegen Named to Watch List
Sara Groenewegen has been selected to the “Watch List” for the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award for her second straight season.
First Pitch with Taylor Chell
With season less than two weeks away get to know one of the newest Gophers in freshman outfielder Taylor Chell.
Gophers Start 2016 No. 14
Minnesota starts 2016 with highest preseason ranking in program history at No. 14 in the USA Today/NFCA Division 1 Preseason Top 25 Poll.