Fourteen members of the Minnesota softball team were named academic all-conference honorees Thursday
Minnesota defeated South Dakota State, 20-3, and Pacific, 8-1, Friday
The Gophers defeated Concordia-St. Paul by scores of 10-0 and 13-0 in two run-rule decisions
Kaitlyn Richardson, Sara Moulton, Sara Groenewegen, and Erika Smyth won team awards Friday night
Minnesota finishes with a 44-12 record
2015 • SENIOR SEASON:
Played in 14 games, seeing time as a pinch hitter and at second base • Academic All-Big Ten • had a single and recorded an RBI via sacrifice fly against South Dakota State (March 13).
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Academic All-Big Ten • named Minnesota's Teammate of the Year, as voted upon by the members of the team • appeared in 15 games with a pair of starts at second base • hit for a .455 average with a .545 slugging percentage • scored four runs • stole a base on her only attempt of the season against Coastal Carolina (March 15) • drove in two runs against Penn State (April 26) • notched an RBI double against Purdue (May 3) • hit a single in super regional play at Oregon (May 25) • was two-for-three at the plate against ranked opponents and was four-for-six as a pinch hitter on the year • posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Started all 55 games, primarily at second base • tied for the team lead with two triples on the season • batted .186 • seventh in the Big Ten with 11 sacrifice bunts • 2-for-2 with a run vs. Texas Tech (Feb. 9) • hit a home run vs. Illinois State (Feb. 15) • batted 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI vs. Middle Tennessee State (March 1) • hit an RBI triple at Stanford (March 8) • went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run at Northwestern (March 30) • hit a three-run home run at Ohio State (April 28) • hit a two-run double against Indiana (May 4) • Academic All-Big Ten.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Started all 53 games at second base • had a .210 batting average and blasted four home runs • notched a two-run single against CSU Bakersfield (Feb. 12) for her first-career hit • went 2-for-3 against North Carolina (Feb. 25) • tallied a double versus Ohio (March 3) • went 3-for-4 with five RBI and notched her first-career home run in the series finale against Illinois (March 24) • recorded a two-run double in the series opener against Northwestern (Apr. 14) • belted a three-run homer in the series finale against Penn State (Apr. 29) • went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the series opener against Purdue (May 5) • capped off the Purdue series (May 6) with a 2-for-2 effort at the plate • notched her fourth homer of the season in Game Two of the Iowa series (May 12).
Graduate of Kentlake High School • earned First Team All-League honors as a junior in 2010 • hit .447 and stole 17 bases in 2010 • four-time letterwinner in softball • coached by Greg Kaas • also played with the Washington Ladyhawks 18 Gold club team.
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