The Minnesota Daily

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Minnesota freshman Sara Groenewegen plays against Penn State at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Minnesota prepares for Big Tens

May 8, 2014

The Gophers haven’t forgotten last year’s Big Ten tournament loss — and this time around, they’re using it as motivation. Minnesota lost 9-3 to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game...

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

Gophers cap off regular season with series win

May 5, 2014

No. 14 Minnesota beat Purdue twice over the weekend to finish its regular season with single-digit losses for the first time since 1979. It wasn’t all good news for the Gophers, though, as they were...

Minnesota head softball coach Jessica Allister, right, volunteer assistant Dannie Skrove and pitching coach Piper Ritter cheer from the dugout May 5, 2013, against Indiana. Allister has led the Gophers to three straight seasons with 30 or more wins since her arrival in 2010.

Allister’s coaching style powers team in fourth year

April 30, 2014

In four short years with Minnesota, head coach Jessica Allister has manufactured some of the program’s most successful teams. When she arrived on campus, though, that didn’t seem plausible. Allister...

Minnesota junior Erica Meyer hits during the game against Penn State at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday. This game resulted in a 9-0 win for the Gophers.

Gophers remain hot, sweep Nittany Lions

April 28, 2014

No. 13 Minnesota swept Penn State this weekend in a series featuring two shutouts — including a no-hitter by freshman pitcher Sara Groenewegen — and a 16-2 victory in the final game of the...

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

Allister’s first recruiting class shines

April 23, 2014

When head coach Jessica Allister arrived on campus four years ago, she inherited a program which hadn’t placed in the top four of the Big Ten in more than a decade. Now, four years later, the Gophers...

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

Gophers win one in Michigan

April 21, 2014

No. 13 Minnesota traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., over the weekend and pulled off an upset victory over third-ranked Michigan on Friday before falling Saturday and Sunday. The Gophers won 1-0 in the first...

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

Gophers ready for a test

April 17, 2014

In the midst of the best regular season in program history, No. 13 Minnesota will face a huge test this weekend when it travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a three-game set with the third-ranked Wolverines. Michigan...

Minnesota's Sara Groenewegen pitches against Illinois on Saturday afternoon at St. Thomas University.

Groenewegen impresses in freshman season

April 16, 2014

This season has been a dream come true for pitcher Sara Groenewegen. The British Columbia native has produced absurd numbers, with a perfect 11-0 record in the pitcher’s circle and eight home runs...

Gophers take two of three in Big Ten set with Northwestern

April 14, 2014

No. 14 Minnesota went 2-1 against Northwestern over the weekend, losing 13-9 on Friday before bouncing back with 13-5 and 3-1 victories Saturday and Sunday. The Gophers, plagued by offensive woes a week...

Moulton, Groenewegen lead in pitcher’s circle

April 10, 2014

This year’s Gophers softball team has made scoring runs look fairly easy. Still, Minnesota hasn’t needed to score all that much because the team boasts two of the Big Ten’s best pitchers. That...

Two Gophers named as National Player of the Year finalists

April 9, 2014

Two members of Minnesota's 14th-ranked softball team were named as finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award Wednesday afternoon. The players are senior pitcher Sara Moulton...

Minnesota beats rival Iowa twice

April 9, 2014

Plagued by quiet bats and defensive blunders Sunday, the No. 14 Minnesota softball team rebounded in style Tuesday, sweeping rival Iowa in a doubleheader. The Gophers won the first game 2-0, following...

Minnesota's Sara Groenewegen pitches against Illinois on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at St. Thomas University.

Minnesota looks to rebound against Iowa

April 8, 2014

Minnesota will look to continue its dream season Tuesday when it travels to Iowa City, Iowa, for a doubleheader against the Hawkeyes. The No. 14 Gophers are fresh off a disappointing split in Sunday’s...

Sophomore Taylor LeMay runs over home base to her team after making her 9th home run of the season at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Sunday.

Gophers split home series with Badgers

April 7, 2014

Gophers freshman pitcher Sara Groenewegen put her hands on her head, a look of disappointment on her face, as she watched her no-hitter come to an end just two outs short. Groenewegen took a no-hitter...

Gophers ready for heated rematch with Wisconsin

April 3, 2014

No. 14 Minnesota will look to continue its best season ever this weekend with a three-game tilt against Wisconsin at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The Gophers lost 9-3 to the Badgers in last year’s Big...

Moulton selected 5th overall in NPF College Draft

April 1, 2014

Two-time All-Big Ten pitcher Sara Moulton was drafted fifth overall by the Chicago Bandits in the National Professional Softball College Draft tonight. The decorated senior currently holds all-time program...

Minnesota freshman Sara Groenewegen pitches to Illinois, Saturday afternoon in St. Paul.

LeMay, Groenewegen pace squad

March 31, 2014

No. 15 Minnesota swept Illinois over the weekend, improving its overall record to an unprecedented 27-4. The Gophers also moved to 5-1 in Big Ten play with the trio of wins. Minnesota’s bats stayed...

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

Moulton and the Gophers content with being home

March 27, 2014

No. 15 Minnesota will return to the Twin Cities this weekend, taking on Illinois in its first home series of the season. The Gophers opened Big Ten play last week with two wins over No. 18 Nebraska, extending...

Minnesota wins in Big Ten opener

March 24, 2014

The Gophers’ softball team opened Big Ten play in Lincoln, Neb., over the weekend, defeating No. 15 Nebraska in two of three games. With the pair of wins, No. 19 Minnesota improved its record to...

Nelson, Ness place second, Gophers can’t overcome Penn State

March 24, 2014

A wild weekend for the Gophers wrestling team featured upsets, disappointments and avenged losses at the NCAA tournament. Minnesota placed second when it was all said and done, racking up 104 team points...

Minnesota catcher Taylor LeMay  looks to throw the ball at the game against Oklahoma State University on Friday, March 7, 2014.

LeMay fuels Gophers at the plate

March 13, 2014

No. 21 Minnesota expected big things from star players Sara Moulton and Kaitlyn Richardson before the season, but some of the team’s best production has come from first-year transfer Taylor LeMay. LeMay...

Nikki Anderson pitches during a doubleheader against Wisconsin on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers improve to 17-3 with wins

March 10, 2014

The No. 20 Gophers softball team went 2-1 at the Mizuno Classic in Stillwater, Okla., this weekend, improving its record to 17-3. Minnesota defeated Missouri State 11-4 on the first day of action before...

Nelson wins, Gophers take third at Big Tens

March 10, 2014

The No. 1 Gophers wrestling team looked poised to capture the Big Ten crown after the first session of the Big Ten tournament. Minnesota was alone in first place and had nine wrestlers competing in semifinal...

Minnesota prepares for Big Ten meet

March 6, 2014

No. 1 Minnesota has done its part this season to prove it’s the best in the nation. This weekend, the Gophers will travel to Madison, Wis., with an opportunity to solidify their spot in the rankings...

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

Minnesota combats grind

March 6, 2014

A week removed from its biggest win of the season, No. 20 Minnesota will look to continue its hot start when it travels to Stillwater, Okla., this weekend for the Mizuno Classic. That signature win came...

Ness brothers motivate each other

March 5, 2014

In the basement of the Bierman Field Athletic Building, a life long rivalry between an All-American and a former NCAA champion brews at every practice. Dylan Ness, the All-American, and his older brother,...

Minnesota infielder Kaitlyn Richardson throws her bat after a base hit against Wisconsin on April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Minnesota stuns No. 4 Arizona State

March 3, 2014

No. 20 Minnesota picked up a signature win Sunday afternoon when it took down No. 4 Arizona State 3-2. That win was part of a weekend in which the team went 3-1 with wins over South Carolina, Detroit and...

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

Walker stars at the plate, in the field

February 27, 2014

This weekend, the Gophers will look to improve on their best-ever start to a season when they travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the Louisville Slugger Classic. No. 20 Minnesota has lost only one game all season,...

Minnesota closes dual season with win

February 24, 2014

It takes a special kind of dominance to safely rest three starters in a matchup against a top-20 team. No. 1 Minnesota did just that against No. 17 Iowa State over the weekend. And the Gophers still cruised...

Moulton dominates en route to four victories

February 24, 2014

No. 20 Minnesota went 4-0 at the Spartan Classic in Greensboro, N.C., over the weekend and improved its record to 12-1 — the best 13-game start in program history. Gophers senior pitcher Sara Moulton...

Minnesota infielder Kaitlyn Richardson throws her bat after a base hit against Wisconsin on April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Richardson powers Minnesota with bat

February 20, 2014

Fresh off its most successful postseason in a decade, No. 20 Minnesota is off to a hot start this year, thanks to the offensive punch of junior Kaitlyn Richardson. The infielder is off to a tremendous...

Minnesota's Scott Schiller takes down Illinois' Mario Gonzalez on Jan. 21, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Schiller searches for rebound win

February 20, 2014

No. 1 Minnesota has been nothing short of dominant this year, with the exception of its one loss to Michigan in January. Aside from that match, the Gophers have won every dual — and most of them...

Gophers win third straight National Duals

February 18, 2014

If anyone was wondering whether the Gophers wrestling team deserves its No. 1 ranking, the team put those qualms to rest Monday with a dominant 24-15 win over No. 4 Cornell to win the NWCA National Duals. The...

Gophers advance with 35-3 win over NDSU

February 17, 2014

No. 1 Minnesota defeated No. 20 North Dakota State 35-3 on Sunday at the NWCA National Duals in Columbus, Ohio. The Gophers advanced to the semifinals with the win and will wrestle again Monday afternoon. Minnesota...

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

Gophers finish 3-1 at Easton Desert Classic

February 17, 2014

The No. 24 Gophers softball team continued its hot start to the season by posting a 3-1 record in the Easton Desert Classic this weekend. Its only loss came against top-ranked Florida. Minnesota senior...

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

Moulton ready for history

February 13, 2014

Dominating opposing hitters is nothing new for senior pitcher Sara Moulton, and this year has started no differently. In the Gophers’ season-opening tournament last weekend, Moulton tossed 21 shutout...

Minnesota senior Tony Nelson wrestles his opponent during the meet against Indiana at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

Gophers try for three- peat at National Duals

February 13, 2014

If beating the No. 1 team in the nation wasn’t enough to show its merit, No. 2 Minnesota will be afforded an opportunity to bolster its resume this weekend. The team will face a slew of the nation’s...

Minnesota senior Scott Schiller

Gophers upset Penn State in front of sold-out crowd

February 10, 2014

No. 2 Minnesota upset No. 1 Penn State and won a share of the Big Ten title Sunday in front of packed crowd of about 5,600 fans at the Sports Pavilion. A thrilling dual came down to the final match of...

Minnesota begins 2014 season

February 6, 2014

Coming off its third 30-win season in as many years, the Gophers softball team will aim to continue its success this weekend at the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La. The Gophers roster that won 36 games...

Minnesota preps for No. 1 Penn State

February 6, 2014

No. 1 versus No. 2. Check. A sold-out arena. Check. A rivalry matchup to close out the dual season. Check. The matchup has been building, and now all that’s left are the actual matches. No. 2 Minnesota...

Gophers head coach J Robinson, head assistant coach Brian Eggum, and assistant coach Luke Becker look on during the dual against Indiana at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday.

Off the mat, an even fiercer fight

February 4, 2014

Gophers wrestling matches at the Sports Pavilion usually start off with a 125-pound bout. If head assistant coach Brandon Eggum had his way, though, the matches would instead kick off with a fashion show. A...

Gophers pummel Hoosiers 35-6

February 3, 2014

In its first dual since moving back to No. 2 in the NCAA rankings, the Gophers wrestling team pounced on Indiana from the get-go in a 35-6 rout. It was a dominant win, but it didn’t come without...

Nelson hopes to rebound

January 30, 2014

Senior heavyweight Tony Nelson doesn’t lose often. And losing twice is almost unheard of. In fact, the two-time defending NCAA heavyweight champion’s 2-3 record in the last three weeks matches...

Gophers bounce back, beat Hawkeyes

January 27, 2014

No. 4 Minnesota traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend and handed the No. 2 Hawkeyes their first conference loss of the season. The Gophers’ (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) win came at an opportune time —...

Minnesota's Dylan Ness tries to take down Michigan State's Dan Osterman on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Minnesota looks to bounce back at Iowa

January 23, 2014

While bouncing back from a loss isn’t always easy, doing so on the road against the No. 2 team in the nation in one of college wrestling’s oldest rivalries isn’t any easier. That’s...

Minnesota loses its first dual of the season

January 21, 2014

No. 2 Minnesota split a pair of duals on its road trip to Michigan over the weekend. The Gophers fell to No. 19 Michigan 19-14 on Sunday afternoon, just two days after they dominated Michigan State 35-3. The...