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

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

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...

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

Softball Preview: Gophers fighting for their postseason lives against Washington

Erik Nelson
June 1, 2019

The mood was light at the Gophers' practice at Ann Lacy Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Friday. Yet the team is serious when it comes to extending its season. No. 7 Minnesota (46-13) will face No....

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

UCLA defeats Minnesota to put Gophers’ season on the line

Erik Nelson
May 31, 2019

After allowing only five combined runs in the Regional and Super Regional, Gophers pitcher Amber Fiser couldn't contain one of the favorites to win the Women's College World Series. No. 2 UCLA (52-6) defeated...

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. 

After Saturday’s win, Gophers advance to Women’s College World Series

Erik Nelson
May 26, 2019

Minnesota's dream of reaching the Women's College World Series for softball came true on Saturday night. After second baseman MaKenna Partain threw the ball to first baseman Hope Brandner to get the final...

Juniors Katelyn Kemmetmueller and Amber Fiser celebrate after an out on Saturday, May 18 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the University of Georgia 2-1.

Gophers one win away from the College World Series

Erik Nelson
May 25, 2019

The Gophers are one win away from their ultimate goal, the NCAA College World Series. It has never been done in program history.  No. 7 Minnesota (45-12) defeated LSU (43-17) 5-3 on Friday in the...

Juniors Katelyn Kemmetmueller and Amber Fiser celebrate after an out on Saturday, May 18 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the University of Georgia 2-1.

Gophers advance to NCAA super regionals with win over Georgia

Erik Nelson
May 20, 2019

The sun shined over Jane Sage Cowles Stadium Monday afternoon. So too did the Gophers' offense. No. 7 Minnesota (44-12) defeated Georgia (42-19) 8-1 to advance to the NCAA Tournament's super regional round...

Juniors Katelyn Kemmetmueller and Amber Fiser celebrate after an out on Saturday, May 18 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the University of Georgia 2-1.

UMN Gophers softball advances to regional championship

Erik Nelson
May 19, 2019

On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, Gophers first baseman Hope Brandner brightened the days of Minnesota fans at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.  No. 7 Minnesota (43-12) defeated Georgia (42-18) 2-1 in eight...

Junior Amber Fiser pitches the ball on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat North Dakota State University 3-0.

Gophers defeat North Dakota State 3-0 in first game of Minneapolis regional

Erik Nelson
May 18, 2019

In Minnesota's first regional home softball game since 2014, the Gophers treated fans to a victory.  No. 7 Minnesota (42-12) defeated North Dakota State (42-15) 3-0 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. Pitcher...

Freshman Maddie Houlihan throws her bat after a base hit against Wisconsin on April 12 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Minnesota to host NCAA Regional

Erik Nelson
May 13, 2019

At the Buffalo Wild Wings steps away from TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota softball fans gathered to watch the NCAA tournament selection show. After the first six top seeds were unveiled, the...

Katelyn Kemmetmueller looks to throw the ball to first base at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Sunday, April 14. The Gophers beat Michigan State two games to none as part of their double header.

Gophers fall to Michigan in Big Ten championship game

Erik Nelson
May 12, 2019

Minnesota's Big Ten championship streak came to an end on Saturday. No. 3 Minnesota (41-12, 20-2) lost to No. 1 Michigan (43-11, 22-1) 3-2 in a battle for the Big Ten championship. Michigan won its first...