The Minnesota Daily

Nygren’s determination an asset to softball team

Sam Campanaro

April 24, 2003

Most little kids start playing a sport because their parents sign them up to play. Jordanne Nygren was no exception. She started playing softball at the age of seven thanks to her mom and dad and cried because she hated it. Now she's completing her senior season at Minnesota and finds it funny that sh...

Softball rebounds for two road wins

Sam Campanaro

April 21, 2003

Minnesota's softball team returned from its final road trip in Illinois trying to heal after a rough fight through the weekend. The wounds were slightly mended at Northwestern with 1-0 and 3-1 wins after 3-2 and 12-1 losses at the hands of Illinois. Going into the weekend, the Gophers' plan was to capi...

Softball ends road schedule with tough Big Ten duo

Sam Campanaro

April 18, 2003

The Land of Lincoln will be the travel spot for the Minnesota softball team this weekend. The fifth-place Gophers (30-13-1, 6-4 Big Ten) face Illinois on Friday and Saturday, and then go to Northwestern for a doubleheader on Sunday. These will be the final Big Ten road games for Minnesota. The competition this...

Nanchy leads softball to win, weather takes game two

Sam Campanaro

April 16, 2003

Northern Iowa played scrappy softball against Minnesota on Tuesday night, just as Gophers' co-head coach Julie Standering anticipated. For one full game at least. The Panthers held Minnesota to a 1-0 game for seven tough innings Tuesday at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The Gophers scored their only run a...

Softball gets mixed bag in games with Michigan schools

Sam Campanaro

April 14, 2003

The state of Michigan brought some strong softball clubs to Minnesota over the weekend as the Gophers faced Michigan State and No. 13 Michigan. Michigan broke the Gophers' six-game winning streak Sunday with 2-1 and 4-1 wins. The streak only lasted one day as the Gophers beat Michigan State 9-0 on Sat...

Softball posts two shutouts in opener

Sam Campanaro

April 9, 2003

Home openers are supposed to be scheduled so the host team will win. The Minnesota softball team was able to follow that rule with its home opener Tuesday. The Gophers shut out Wisconsin-Green Bay in both games 9-0 and 3-0. Minnesota's plan was to keep ace Piper Marten out of the pitching circle by backin...

Softball team aims for second consecutive trip to NCAAs

Brian Stensaas

April 2, 2003

A year ago this spring, Minnesota's softball team ended the regular season on a down note by being swept at the hands of Wisconsin in a pair of close games. The Gophers dropped to 7-8 in Big Ten play with the losses and did not make the conference tournament field. With an overall record of 37-19, th...

Nygren sets Big Ten home run record in Gophers’ sweep

Brian Stensaas

April 1, 2003

Minnesota softball infielder Jordanne Nygren has made a habit of hitting home runs in her three full seasons of play for the Gophers. Her latest, she says, was the hardest to get. Batting in the leadoff position Monday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader with Drake, Nygren smoked a homer t...

Alston, Recknor honored by Big Ten

February 12, 2003

Minnesota softball players Valerie Alston and Angie Recknor have been named the Big Ten Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, following their outstanding performance last weekend at the 2003 Metrodome Classic. Alston, a true freshman catcher/designated player, had an solid debut to her colle...