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MaKenna Partain is a consistent force for Gophers softball

Junior MaKenna Partain waits to bat on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Nolan O'Hara

February 27, 2020

When the Gophers softball team needs a hit, it knows it can count on the bat of MaKenna Partain.  The Gophers' senior infielder has been a mark of consistency for the team in the last four years. Partain has hit at least .375 in each of her four seasons at Minnesota, and has 232 hits, 131 RBI a...

Gophers softball win three of five in Baylor Tournament

Nolan O'Hara and Julianna Landis

February 23, 2020

The Gophers' softball team earned another trio of wins in a wild weekend series at the Baylor Tournament in Waco, Texas.  Texas State escapes, Gophers stomp Tulsa Friday The Gophers dropped their first game of the series in a 3-2 defensive battle against Texas State.  Texas State struck first with a pair of runs i...

Who’s on first? — Hansen fills void for Gophers softball

Emily Hansen, left, and Natalie DenHartog.

Nolan O'Hara

February 20, 2020

A week before the Gophers' softball team would head to Florida for their season-opening series in Clearwater, the team announced infielder Hope Brandner was not medically cleared to play, leaving a void at first base. With Brandner out to start the season and with a roster short of experience at the po...

Gophers softball splits weekend series in Clearwater

Photo Courtesy of Gopher Softball

Nolan O'Hara

February 17, 2020

The Gophers softball team picked up another pair of wins over the weekend in the ESPN St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational, a four-game series against some of the top teams in the country.  Gophers fall to OSU, beat FSU Friday The Gophers dropped their first game of the series against No. 16 Okla...

Gophers win three of five games on opening weekend

Junior Amber Fiser pitches during the game against Louisiana State University on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Nolan O'Hara and Julianna Landis

February 11, 2020

The Gophers' softball team returned to the field for the first time in 2020 over the weekend, winning three games at the NFCA Division 1 Leadoff Classic.  Wins over Missouri State and NC State Friday In two completely different games, the Gophers came away with two wins, showing their ability to win in ...

Gophers softball embraces expectations

Members of the Gopher softball team celebrate after winning the NCAA Super Regional against Louisiana State at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, May 25. 

Nolan O'Hara

February 6, 2020

The Gophers softball team is set to return to the field with high expectations, coming off their first-ever appearance in the Women's College World Series in 2019.  Last season, the Gophers proved they could compete with any team in the country, finishing the season with a 46-14 record and closi...

Gophers announce Hope Brandner is not medically cleared to play

Junior Hope Brandner takes a swing at bat on Wednesday, May 29.

Paul Hodowanic

January 28, 2020

With the University of Minnesota's softball team set to open its season against North Carolina State in just 10 days, the team announced Tuesday that star infielder Hope Brandner has not been medically cleared to play.  The team did not get into specifics of the situation but said her status mo...

Gophers softball adds a pair of transfers

Autumn Pease.

Nolan O'Hara

July 31, 2019

After their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Women's College World Series didn't go as planned, the Gophers softball team looked to strengthen its roster by adding two transfers: pitcher Autumn Pease and outfielder Brooke Vander Heide.  Pease, a rising sophomore, attended Idaho State her fresh...

Gophers softball reaping rewards from successful season

Members of the Gopher softball team celebrate after winning the NCAA Super Regional against Louisiana State at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, May 25. 

John Miller

June 19, 2019

The Gophers softball team had its most successful season in school history in 2019. Despite losing in the Women’s College World Series to UCLA and the University of Washington, weeks later they are still being recognized for what they accomplished during the season. Pitcher Amber Fiser was nominated fo...

‘We made history this year’: Minnesota’s softball season ends with loss to Washington

Hope Brandner stands on base during the Women's College World Series on May 30.

Erik Nelson

June 2, 2019

The Gophers' historic 2019 season came to an end on Saturday with a loss to a familiar opponent. No. 3 Washington (51-8) defeated No. 7 Minnesota (46-14) 5-3 in the elimination bracket of the Women's College World Series on Saturday at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After eliminati...