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Softball Preview: Gophers fighting for their postseason lives against Washington

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

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. 3 Washington (50-8) Saturday at 11 a.m. in the elimination bracket of the Women's College World Ser...

UCLA defeats Minnesota to put Gophers’ season on the line

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

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 No. 7 Minnesota (46-13) 7-2 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was Mi...

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

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. 

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 out, a celebration more than 40 years in the making ensued. No. 7 Minnesota (46-12) defeated Louisiana...

Gophers one win away from the College World Series

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.

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 first of the best-of-three series at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The Gophers scored four runs in the fo...

Gophers advance to NCAA super regionals with win over Georgia

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.

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 for the first time since the 2014 season. "It's hard to win a championship at any level," head...

UMN Gophers softball advances to regional championship

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.

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 innings. Brandner hit the game-winning, walk-off home run off of Bulldogs pitcher Mary Wilson Avant. It...

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

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.

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 Amber Fiser threw a complete game shutout. Fiser allowed three hits and struck out 12. The Gophers scored a...

Minnesota to host NCAA Regional

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

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 Gophers erupted into cheers after learning that they would be the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament. It is the...

Gophers fall to Michigan in Big Ten championship game

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.

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 Big Ten title since 2015. The Gophers, who won the 2016, 2017 and 2018 tournaments, fell short in ...

Minnesota advances to Big Ten tournament semifinal

Natalie Denhartog waits for the pitch during the game against Iowa at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Friday, April 26.

Erik Nelson

May 11, 2019

The Gophers are one win away from another Big Ten championship game. No. 3 Minnesota (40-11, 20-2) defeated No. 11 Purdue (31-27, 6-17) 4-3 Friday at Andy Mohr Field in Bloomington, Indiana. Senior pitcher Sydney Smith won her 13th game of the season while pitcher Amber Fiser earned her third save of t...