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
Sara Groenewegen was named the Big Ten Player of the Year
Minnesota scored six runs in the final two innings to top Michigan State, 9-4
The Gophers won their 15th road game of the season after scoring five runs in the seventh inning
Gopher softball player Tyler Walker is featured in this week's G:60.
2015 • SENIOR SEASON:
Started 44 games at shortstop • First Team All-Big Ten, Minnesota's first three-time first-team all-conference selection • Second Team NFCA All-Great Lakes Region • espnW National Player of the Week March 26 • hit .356 with a .440 on-base percentage and a team-best .658 slugging percentage • finished her career with the fifth-highest batting average (.375) and second-highest slugging percentage (.677), third-highest on-base percentage (.462) and second-highest home run total (43) in program history • scored 43 runs to bring her career total to 197, breaking a Minnesota record • tied a school record for runs scored in a game with four and piled up six RBI Feb. 7 against UC Davis • gave the Gophers their first home run of the season with a grand slam against the Aggies • crossed the plate with seven game-winning runs and came through with seven game-winnings hits • led the Gophers with 50 RBI to mover her career total to 161 • had five home runs in a three-game span March 18-21 • reached base in 38 of 44 games played • put together a season-best hit streak of 14 games from March 13 to April 4 and a season-best reached base streak of 15 games • hit her first-career home run against Northwestern April 10 • had an .815 slugging percentage and a .419 on-base percentage against top-25 ranked teams • led the Gophers with 11 runs in eight games played against top-25 opponents • recorded 15 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games • had a .458 on-base percentage as a leadoff hitter • led the Gophers with a .419 batting average and an .855 slugging percentage in road games as the team broke a program record and led the nation with 20 road wins.
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Academic All-Big Ten • All-Big Ten First Team • Big Ten All-Tournament Team • NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team • started all 56 games for Minnesota at shortstop • hit for a .382 average, the sixth-best in the Big Ten, and had a .747 slugging percentage, the third-best in the conference and second-best in a season in program history • hit safely in 43 of 56 games and reached base in all but five games • got on base in 21 games in a row from March 9 to April 19 • had a 10-game hitting streak from March 9-28 • tallied a team-best 22 multi-hit games, including three three-hit games • paced Gophers with 14 multiple-RBI games en route to a 50-RBI year • tied for the national lead with eight triples, the second-most ever in a season by a Gopher and the seventh-most ever by a Big Ten player • scored a team-leading and career-high 55 runs, the fourth-most in a single season in school history and fifth-most in the Big Ten • led the Gophers with 12 home runs and 14 steals, and was hit by a pitch 12 times • in Big Ten play, was tied for first in the league with three triples, was second with an .871 slugging percentage, tied for second with nine doubles and 61 total bases, was third with 24 RBI, was fifth with a .512 on-base percentage, tied for fifth with six home runs, tied for seventh with 21 runs, and was one of eight players to hit .400 or better • her 61 total bases in league play are tied fourth-most ever in a single Big Ten season • homered in both of the Gophers' super regional games against Oregon (May 24-25) • picked up her 200th-career hit in Minnesota's NCAA regional championship win over Auburn • belted two home runs in contests against Penn State (April 26) and Ohio State (May 10) • her second long ball versus PSU was a walk-off shot to clinch a 9-0, run-rule win and her homers against the Buckeyes in the conference tournament semifinal round made her the first Minnesota player to hit multiple home runs in a Big Ten Tournament game since 1998 • scored a season-best thee runs against Ohio State (May 10) • notched two doubles against Illinois (March 28) • drove in a career-high six runs against Nebraska (March 23) • named to Coastal Carolina Chanticleer Showdown All-Tournament team (March 14-16) • earned LSU Tiger Classic All-Tournament Team honors (Feb. 7-9) • drove in seven game-winning runs and scored 12 game-winning runs, including two in NCAA regional play and five against ranked opponents • hit .415 with a .523 on-base percentage and an .811 slugging percentage with five home runs and four steals in 17 games against ranked foes.
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Started all 55 games, primarily at shortstop • named to the All-Big Ten First Team • led the team in runs (53), hits (69), home runs (12), doubles (15) and total bases (124) • hit two triples, tied for the team lead • batted .379 • drove in 32 runs • held a .681 slugging percentage • 20-of-23 on base-stealing attempts • posted five three-hit games on the season • earned co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors on April 15 • during a three-game sweep of Illinois, she batted .857 (6-for-7), posted impressive slugging (2.429) and on-base (.917) percentages, hit three home runs and a triple, scored six runs, tallied five RBI, drew four walks and fielded 1.000 (April 13-14) • hit a game-winning HR vs. Albany (Feb. 24) • hit a walk-off HR vs. Gardner-Webb (March 3) • drew three walks and went 1-for-2 with two runs vs. Georgia Southern (March 17) • hit an eighth-inning walk-off HR during the second game of a doubleheader against Indiana (May 4) • went 3-for-4 with a two runs, two RBI, a HR and a 2B at Ohio State (April 26) • also hit HRs against Northern Iowa (Feb. 16), Auburn (March 2), Pacific (March 9), Iowa State (April 24) and Wisconsin (May 12) • Academic All-Big Ten.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Named Third Team, All-Big Ten shortstop • started all 53 games at shortstop • hoisted a batting average of .380, which is top among all freshmen in Gopher history • led Minnesota in runs, hits, steals and on-base percentage • ranked Top 10 in the Big Ten in most offensive categories, such as runs (second), hits (second), batting average (fourth), slugging percentage (fifth), stolen bases (tied for fifth), on-base percentage (sixth), home runs (tied for seventh) and walks (tied for 10th) • tied for fifth in school history with 46 runs scored • went 2-for-3 in the season opener versus Kent State (Feb. 11), which also was a day of firsts with her notching her first hit, run, RBI, home run and stolen base • tallied a lead-off homer against Weber State (Feb. 12) • recorded a double and home run in a 2-for-3 performance with four RBI against Iowa State (Feb. 17) • went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI against James Madison (Feb. 25) • notched a two-run homer versus Cleveland State (Mar. 2) • went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against Ohio (March 3) • tallied first-career triple in a 3-for-4 performance against Bethune-Cookman (March 10) • belted a solo homer against Boise State (Mar. 15) • went 6-for-11 with a home run, double and three RBI in the Nebraska series (March 31-April 1) • was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases in the series finale against Northwestern (April 15) • began what is as of now a nine-game hitting streak in the series opener against Penn State (April 28) • went 4-for-9 with a home run and scored two runs in the Penn State series (April 28-29) • was 5-for-10 from the plate in the Purdue series (May 5-6) with a triple and a home run • finished the season on a nine-game hitting streak, which will carry over to the 2013 season.
Graduated from Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif. • named first team All-State selection in 2011 • four-time all-conference and all-academic honoree • hit .495 with 35 runs, 24 RBIs, 55 hits and 19 stolen bases during senior season • named Mercury News Junior and Senior of the Year and tagged WCAL Player of the Year in 2011 • high school coach was Alex Sanguinetti • traveled with the Mize Diamonds and coached by Brian Niskanen.
Brighter Days Ahead
The story of how the Gopher softball team met Kealy Johnson, a girl battling cancer, and the impact both sides have had on each other.
Catching Up With Brandi McGregor
With just about a month left of the fall semester and fall ball over we are catching up with some of the Gophers before we get into the heart of the spring season.
Gophers Win Twice To End Fall Ball
The Gophers softball team picked up a pair of wins over the University of Minnesota Duluth to wrap up fall play with solid play all around.