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Minnesota infielder Tyler Walker attempts to steal a base against Wisconsin on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers roll into Big Ten tourney

May 9, 2013

During Tuesday’s practice at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium, the scoreboard still displayed the result from Minnesota’s 5-4 walk-off win over Indiana last Sunday. While the scoreboard symbolizes...

Gophers release 2013-14 schedule

May 9, 2013

The Gophers knew for a while they would move to the Big Ten conference next season. The only question was which team they would open Big Ten play against. Minnesota announced Wednesday that it will face...

Minnesota pitcher Sara Moulton winds up to throw a pitch against Indiana on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Clutch bats, Moulton help team secure top-four seed

May 6, 2013

Needing wins to secure a top seed in the Big Ten tournament, the Gophers took care of business this weekend against lowly Indiana. Minnesota swept the Hoosiers with an 8-0 and a 1-0 win in a doubleheader...

Weather cancels more home games

May 2, 2013

The cold temperatures and wintry mix that fell in Minneapolis on Wednesday forced the cancelation of both the Gophers baseball and softball games. The baseball team was scheduled to play Division III St....

Minnesota's Kaitlyn Richardson throws her bat after a base hit during a doubleheader against Wisconsin on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers use defense to rack up wins in Big Ten

May 2, 2013

Their head coach wasn’t aware of it, but the Gophers own the best fielding percentage in the Big Ten. Minnesota has a .970 fielding percentage, which is calculated by adding putouts and assists and...

Series victory produces third straight 30-win season

April 29, 2013

The Gophers softball team has won 30 games for the third straight season after taking two of three from Ohio State during the weekend. It’s the first time since 2002-04 that the Gophers have won...

Gophers take two from Iowa State

April 25, 2013

Minnesota (28-15, 9-5 Big Ten) swept Iowa State in a doubleheader Wednesday in Ames, Iowa. The Gophers won the first game 12-6 and the second game 13-1. The Gophers are 5-0 in home games that have been...

Minnesota pitcher Nikki Anderson pitches during a double header against Madison on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Freshman pitcher handles life’s curveball

April 25, 2013

Life threw freshman Nikki Anderson a curveball a week before she had the chance to throw one for the Gophers. “I went to the ER for what felt like a heart attack,” Anderson said. She had gallstones,...

Lingering winter weather cancels baseball, softball series

April 22, 2013

Perhaps lost in the breath of fresh air at the Gophers’ new Siebert Field was the fact that Minnesota’s weather, even in April, can be treacherous. The weather forced the Gophers to cancel...

Minnesota pitcher Kelsey Kimminau pitches during a double header against Madison on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Minnesota seeks redemption, better hitting against Michigan State

April 18, 2013

The Gophers have a chance to redeem themselves at home this weekend after a disappointing midweek doubleheader on the road. Minnesota (26-15, 9-5 Big Ten) will welcome Michigan State, the team directly...

Gophers struggle at plate, fall back to earth with two losses

April 17, 2013

The Gophers softball team fell back to earth Tuesday after flying high to start the Big Ten season. Minnesota (26-15, 9-5 Big Ten) was swept by Nebraska in a doubleheader Tuesday in Lincoln, Neb. The Huskers...

Gophers take schedule changes in stride

April 16, 2013

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...

Minnesota infielder Tyler Walker attempts to steal a base during a double header against Madison on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers sweep despite site change

April 15, 2013

The Gophers softball team continued its hot start in Big Ten play by sweeping Illinois during the weekend. Minnesota (26-13, 9-3 Big Ten) played in Champaign, Ill., despite being the home team in the series....

Minnesota utility Kaitlyn Richardson throws her bat after hitting a single during a double header against Madison on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers staying consistent in Big Ten

April 11, 2013

The Gophers softball team entered this season intending to avoid the midseason slump that hindered its campaign last year. So far, so good, through three Big Ten series. Minnesota started last season...

Minnesota pitcher Tom Windle endures sleet and snow during a game Friday, April 5, 2013, at Siebert Field.

Baseball, softball teams find success amid rain and snow

April 10, 2013

Brutal weather in the upper Midwest has thrown a wrench in many people’s daily routines this spring. The Gophers’ baseball and softball teams have found success amid the bad conditions, which...

Minnesota junior Sara Moulton pitches during a doubleheader against Wisconsin on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Moulton matures as Gophers’ ace

April 9, 2013

The Gophers’ Sara Moulton is statistically one of the best pitchers in the Big Ten. The junior has the lowest ERA among pitchers with more than 100 innings pitched and is among the top in the conference...

Minnesota pitcher Sarah Moulton pitches during a double header against Madison on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers win 2 of 3 against Badgers

April 8, 2013

The Gophers softball team had an up-and-down couple of days this weekend, but it ended on a high note. Minnesota (23-13, 6-3 Big Ten) took two of three games from rival No. 25 Wisconsin this weekend. The...

Haula, Alt add to list of early departures

April 8, 2013

Two more Gophers hockey players decided during the weekend to sign professional contracts and forego their senior season. Junior forward Erik Haula signed an entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild...

Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad keeps the puck from Wisconsin forward Nic Kerdiles on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Two more players leave team for pros

April 4, 2013

The Gophers lost their top defenseman Tuesday to the National Hockey League. On Wednesday, two of their top forwards also left to play professionally. Nick Bjugstad signed Wednesday with the Florida Panthers,...

Home opener provides relief for team, grounds crew

April 4, 2013

The Gophers softball team will make its first appearance in front of its hometown fans nearly two months into the season. Minnesota (21-12, 4-2 Big Ten) will host Wisconsin in a three-game series this...

Minnesota defenseman Nate Schmidt plays against Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Mariucci Arena.

Schmidt leaves Gophers for NHL; others may follow soon

April 3, 2013

Nate Schmidt was one of the few undrafted players on this year’s Gophers squad. On Tuesday, he also became the first underclassman to declare he won’t be wearing maroon and gold next season. The...

Schmidt goes pro, others may follow

April 2, 2013

Nate Schmidt was one of the few undrafted players on this year’s Gophers squad. On Tuesday, he also became the first underclassman to declare he won’t be wearing maroon and gold next season. The...

Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad tries to keep the puck away from Colorado College on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Gophers’ season ends with upset loss to Yale

April 1, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Minnesota freshman goaltender Adam Wilcox probably didn’t see the goal that ended the Gophers’ season go by him nine seconds into overtime Friday afternoon. He definitely...

Gophers men’s hockey vs. Yale (NCAA West Regional, Game 1)

March 29, 2013

Gophers vs. Yale 1 p.m.  Van Andel Arena (Grand Rapids, Mich.) TV: ESPNU, Radio: ESPN 1500 AM Minnesota lines  Kyle Rau - Nick Bjugstad - Nate Condon Sam Warning - Erik Haula - Zach Budish  Tom...

Colorado College defender Eamonn McDermott takes down Minnesota forward Nate Condon on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Yale ends Gophers’ season in NCAA regional

March 29, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Freshman goalie Adam Wilcox probably didn’t see the goal that ended the Gophers’ season go by him nine seconds into overtime. He definitely didn’t have time...

Kaitlyn Richardson practices with her team Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Practice Facility.

Improvements help Richardson power Gophers’ offense

March 28, 2013

Kaitlyn Richardson hails from Phoenix, but she’s found a new home in the Gophers’ infield. The Arizona native had a strong freshman season, finishing second on the team in batting average behind...

Minnesota forward Nate Condon drives the puck down the ice against Boston College on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Mariucci Arena.

NCAA draw begins with speedy Yale

March 28, 2013

The Gophers men’s hockey team hasn’t lost consecutive games so far this season. Now would be a terrible time to reverse that trend. Minnesota will face Yale on Friday in the West Regional of...

Gophers sweep Iowa

March 25, 2013

The Gophers softball team continued its hot streak and started its Big Ten season in grand fashion over the weekend. Minnesota (20-10) swept Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, to open its Big Ten season. The Gophers...

Iowa Mike Evans (174) wrestles Minnesota's Logan Storley during the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Storley won by  decision, 3-2.

Nelson repeats as NCAA heavyweight champion

March 25, 2013

A lot of elite wrestlers have walked the campus for the Gophers wrestling program. Tony Nelson’s name is now definitely on that list. Nelson repeated as the NCAA heavyweight champion over the weekend...

Colorado College defender Eamonn McDermott takes down Minnesota forward Nate Condon on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Gophers lose in Final Five

March 25, 2013

The Gophers had their place in the NCAA tournament locked up entering Friday’s WCHA Final Five semifinal matchup with Colorado College. The Tigers were in a different boat. “They have nothing...

Lucia named head coach of 2014 U.S. National Junior Team

March 25, 2013

The Gophers played a stretch of games this season without freshman defenseman Mike Reilly because of the World Juniors Tournament. Next season, the tournament will cause them to compete without their head...

Pregame: Gophers hockey vs. Colorado College (Friday, WCHA Final Five)

March 22, 2013

No. 1 Gophers vs. Colorado College  7 p.m. Xcel Energy Center  TV: FSN Radio: ESPN 1500 AM Minnesota lines Kyle Rau - Nick Bjugstad - Christian Isackson Sam Warning - Erik Haula - Zach Budish  A.J....

Colorado College defender Eamonn McDermott takes down Minnesota forward Nate Condon on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Colorado College shuts out Gophers in WCHA semifinal

March 22, 2013

The Gophers had their place in the NCAA tournament locked up entering Friday’s WCHA Final Five semifinal matchup with Colorado College. The Tigers were in a different boat. “They have nothing...

Pregame: Gophers hockey vs. Bemidji State (Saturday)

March 16, 2013

No. 2 Gophers vs. Bemidji State 7 p.m.  Mariucci Arena  TV: FSN, Radio: ESPN 1500 AM Minnesota lines Kyle Rau - Nick Bjugstad - Christian Isackson  Nate Condon - Erik Haula - Zach Budish  Tom...

Gophers knock off Beavers in OT

March 16, 2013

The Gophers outshot Bemidji State 51-18 on Friday, but they needed a goal by Kyle Rau in overtime to get the win. Minnesota defeated the Beavers 2-1 in overtime in the opener of a three-game Western Collegiate...

Gophers advance to Final Five with sweep of BSU

March 16, 2013

It’s always hard to end a team’s season, and Bemidji State proved that old adage true this weekend. The Gophers completed a sweep of Bemidji State in the first round of the WCHA playoffs Saturday,...

Pregame: Gophers hockey vs. Bemidji State (Friday)

March 15, 2013

No. 2 Gophers vs. Bemidji State  7 p.m.  Mariucci Arena TV: FSN, Radio: ESPN 1500 AM Minnesota lines Kyle Rau - Nick Bjugstad - Christian Isackson  Nate Condon - Erik Haula - Zach Budish  Tom...

Senior leads from behind plate

March 14, 2013

The Gophers softball team has a lot of youth seeing time at many positions, but a veteran holds one of the most important spots — catcher. Senior Kari Dorle behind the plate is a familiar sight to...

Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad keeps the puck from Wisconsin forward Joel Ramage on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Gophers seek consistency in playoffs

March 14, 2013

The No. 2 Gophers will play the same opponent this weekend with a little more on the line. Minnesota (24-7-5, 16-7-5 WCHA) and Bemidji State will face off for the second consecutive weekend, with the winner...

Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad moves the puck against Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Mariucci Arena.

Men win share of WCHA regular-season title

March 11, 2013

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Gophers didn’t win the MacNaughton Cup outright this weekend, but that didn’t stop them from celebrating. The No. 2 Gophers (24-7-5, 16-7-5 WCHA) earned a hard-fought...

Walker hitting her stride in second season

March 7, 2013

Tyler Walker didn’t wait very long to show what she was capable of as a freshman. She had her first hit, run, RBI, home run and stolen base in her first collegiate game. She didn’t let up after...

Minnesota forward Nate Condon controls the puck at the Kohl Center in Madison on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The Gophers defeated the Badgers 3-2.

WCHA race tightens for final weekend

March 7, 2013

Head coach Don Lucia doesn’t raise his voice very often. When he did last weekend, the Gophers took notice. Lucia was not pleased with his team’s effort in a 2-0 loss to Denver last Friday...

Gophers split final home WCHA series

March 4, 2013

The Gophers gave fans a view of both of their sides this weekend. They showed they could be a team that makes an early exit from the NCAA tournament or a team that can win it all. No. 2 Minnesota (22-7-5,...

Moulton throws second no-hitter in a row as Gophers go 3-0

March 4, 2013

Junior Sara Moulton looks like she’s trying to raise the bar even higher after impressive freshman and sophomore campaigns. Against Middle Tennessee State on Friday, Moulton became the first Gophers...

Pregame: Gophers hockey vs. Denver (Saturday)

March 3, 2013

No. 2 Gophers vs. No. 10 Denver 7 p.m.  Mariucci Arena  Minnesota lines Kyle Rau - Nick Bjugstad - Christian Isackson Sam Warning - Erik Haula - Zach Budish Nate Condon - Travis Boyd - Seth...

Pregame: Gophers hockey vs. Denver

March 1, 2013

No. 2 Gophers vs. No. 10 Denver 7 p.m. Mariucci Arena Minnesota lines Kyle Rau – Nick Bjugstad – Zach Budish Sam Warning – Erik Haula – Nate Condon AJ Michaelson – Christian...

Denver shuts out Gophers

March 1, 2013

The Gophers have had problems recently with following up impressive Friday night games with subpar Saturday ones. That shouldn’t be a problem this weekend, because it will be difficult for Minnesota...

Gophers seek offensive consistency at Auburn tournament

February 28, 2013

Junior Sara Moulton threw a no-hitter in a win last Sunday for the Gophers. She almost had to in order to secure the victory. The Gophers scattered six hits in defeating Albany 1-0, but they struggled...

Men's Hockey

Lone senior leads quietly from blue line

February 28, 2013

Fans who would like to see Saturday’s senior night presentation at Mariucci Arena better not leave their seat for any reason — it’s going to be a quick show. The No. 2 Gophers have only...

Minnesota forward Kyle Rau chases the puck against Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Mariucci Arena.

Three points doesn’t satisfy Gophers

February 25, 2013

Three points are nowhere near as good as four for the Gophers hockey team. As a tight race for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association crown winds down, the No. 2 Gophers picked up three out of four...