Aug. 25, 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.
Before beating Michigan in a dramatic Big Ten Tournament Championship game, Minnesota needed to get past two more tough conference foes in Purdue and Ohio State. The Gophers' title hopes looked bleak when they trailed Purdue, 3-1, in the sixth inning of the quarterfinal round. In the sixth, however, the Gophers loaded the bases and drew within one with an ensuing walk. With the score at 3-2, Bree Blanchette took the Boilermakers' Lilly Fecho deep to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead, lifting the Maroon and Gold to a semifinal berth. The grand slam by Blanchette was the second of the season for the Gophers.
Previous Top Plays:
Top Play #3: Sam Macken's Walk-off Single in the Big Ten Championship
Top Play #4: Tyler Walker's Great Catch Against Michigan
Top Play #5: Kaitlyn Richardson and Sara Groenewegen knot Big Ten Championship
Top Play #6: Nikki Anderson Silences Auburn's Bats
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
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