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.
After defeating Green Bay and North Dakota State in the first two games of the NCAA Minneapolis Regional, the Gophers' hopes of winning the region took a turn when they lost to Auburn in the first championship game and fell behind 6-3 in the third inning of the ensuing elimination game. However, after drawing within one run in the fourth and having two teammates reach base in the sixth, Sam Macken vaulted Minnesota to its first-ever NCAA super regional appearance with a three-run home run to right field, giving the Maroon and Gold an 8-6 lead. The long ball was Macken's fourth of the season.
2014 Top Plays:
Top Play #1: Sam Macken's Regional-Winning Home Run
Top Play #2: Bree Blanchette Big Ten Tournament Grand Slam
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
Gophers Closing out Regular Season
The No. 23/19 University of Minnesota Gophers hit the road for their final regular season weekend series taking on the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.
No Hits Allowed Earns Groenewegen NFCA Award
This is the second national honor this season and third of her career.
Houlihan, Groenewegen Receive B1G Awards
Maddie Houlihan has received her third Freshman of the Week honor, while Sara Groenewegen garnered her fifth Pitcher of the Week award.