Aug. 11, 2014
After the Golden Gopher Softball team recorded its best season in program history, a year that saw the team capture its second Big Ten Tournament title and reach the NCAA super regional round for the first time, GopherSports.com is counting down the top plays from the 2014 season.
Top Play No. 6 is provided by sophomore Nikki Anderson, who shut down No. 21/22 Auburn in the NCAA Regional Championship at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. With Minnesota trailing 6-3 in the fourth inning, Anderson entered the game and blanked the Tigers for 3.2 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out four, setting the stage for an 8-6 come-from-behind win that sent the Gophers to their first-ever super regional. Anderson earned her third win of the season and became the third different Gopher pitcher to earn a victory in the Minneapolis Regional.
Previous Top Plays:
Top Play #7: Paige Palkovich's Great Catch Versus No. 17 LSU
Top Play #8: Sydney Fabian Locks Down Left Field
Top Play #9: Hannah Granger Shines versus No. 23/25 Northwestern
Top Play #10: Erica Meyer's Strong Defense v. No. 1 Oregon
Houlihan Provides Steady Presence
No stage seems to phase Maddie Houlihan. She stays calm and collected in even the biggest moments.
Dwyer's Wit Brings Gophers Together
Known by many as the funniest person on the team Dwyer has used her dry wit to ease tension and create team laughs on multiple occasions.
A True Softball Family: The Chells
It all started when a T-ball registration postcard showed up in the mail. Now the whole Chell family has a passion for baseball and softball.