Gophers take schedule changes in stride

Drew Claussen

Awful weather has forced the Gophers softball team to be flexible early in the Big Ten season.

Minnesota will play Nebraska on Tuesday in a doubleheader that was scheduled to take place last week before an ominous weather forecast caused a postponement.

The doubleheader will come two days after Minnesota was forced to play a home series more than 500 miles from Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

The Gophers took that schedule change — a result of bad weather in Minnesota — in stride and swept Illinois in its own stadium. The team left Illinois on Sunday night and traveled directly to Lincoln, Neb.

Minnesota head coach Jessica Allister said Sunday that she planned to get a practice in Monday, which was the silver lining in traveling directly from Illinois to Nebraska.

Minnesota sits in second place in the Big Ten, and Nebraska sits in third, so the doubleheader could be crucial in determining seeds for the Big Ten tournament.

Nebraska has won two of three games against both Iowa and Wisconsin this season. Minnesota won two of three against Wisconsin and swept Iowa. Nebraska is 2-0 against Northwestern, a team that took two of three from Minnesota.