|Minnesota at FGCU/LaQuinta Inn at the Airport Spring Break Invitational|
|Dates||Friday, February 22 through Sunday, February 24|
|Location||FGCU Softball Complex (361) | Fort Myers, Fla.|
|Series Records||Albany, Villanova and St. Bonaventure (First Meeting) | FGCU (2-0)|
|Tournament Page||Click Here|
|Game Notes||Minnesota | Albany | FGCU | Villanova | St. Bonaventure|
|2013 Statistics||Minnesota | Albany | FGCU | Villanova | St. Bonaventure|
The First Pitch
Minnesota (3-6) travels to the FGCU/LaQuinta Inn at the Airport Spring Break Invitational in Fort Myers, Fla., where it plays games against Albany (0-0) and Florida Gulf Coast (4-3) on Friday, Villanova (0-0) and St. Bonaventure (1-7) on Saturday, and another game against Albany on Sunday.
The Golden Gophers are 3-6 after going 2-3 at Arizona State's Littlewood Classic last weekend. Head coach Jessica Allister is in her third season at the helm of the Gophers with a record of 65-52 (.556). She entered the season with 62 victories over her first two seasons, which were the most over a two-year span since Minnesota combined for 70 wins during 2003-04.
Minnesota will be playing its first-ever games against Albany, Villanova and St. Bonaventure, and the Gophers own an all-time series record of 2-0 versus Florida Gulf Coast.
Minnesota has combined to hit nine home runs in its nine games so far, after hitting 53 homers in 53 games during the 2012 season.
A pair of Third-Team All-Big Ten selections return for the Gophers in junior pitcher Sara Moulton and sophomore utility Tyler Walker. Moulton was 25-14 with a 1.52 ERA and 302 strikeouts during 2012, while Walker made her collegiate debut by batting .380 with 46 runs scored, 29 RBI, nine doubles, and nine home runs. Also among Minnesota's nine returning starters is sophomore infielder Kaitlyn Richardson, who batted .338 with 10 home runs and senior catcher Kari Dorle (10 HRs, 47 RBI).
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