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Dani Wagner rounds a base at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on April 23, 2015.

Gophers softball wins first Big Ten title since 1991

May 9, 2017

For the first time in 26 years, a conference softball title is coming back to Dinkytown. The fourth-ranked Gophers (51-3, 21-1 Big Ten) swept Penn State (22-32, 8-15 Big Ten) this weekend, clinching...

Gophers sophomore Maddie Houlihan hits the ball against Purdue at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 30, 2017.

Minnesota softball is in position to clinch its first Big Ten title since 1991

May 4, 2017

In 1991, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was a new release, New Kids On The Block took the stage at the Super Bowl halftime show and the Minnesota Twins won their most recent world series.It...

The Gophers congratulate Freshman catcher Kendyl Lindaman after she hits a home run on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The Gophers won 5-0 against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Kendyl Lindaman sets new softball HR record in sweep

April 27, 2017

Non-conference, no problem.That was the case for the No. 4 Gophers softball team (45-3, 15-1 Big Ten) on Wednesday, as it took down North Dakota State (20-28, 7-5 Summit League) in a mid-week doubleheader...

The Gophers congratulate Freshman catcher Kendyl Lindaman after she hits a home run on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The Gophers won 5-0 against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Minnesota softball sweeps Iowa with record crowd

April 24, 2017

Three wins over the weekend culminated in a record-breaking home crowd for the Minnesota softball team.The fifth-ranked Gophers softball program (43-3, 16-1 Big Ten) capped off a three-game sweep of the...

Freshman catcher Kendyl Lindaman prepares to bat during the Gophers' game against Northwestern on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers softball sweep Northwestern

April 17, 2017

Minnesota head coach Jessica Allister has said all season that if her team performs three facets of the game —offense, defense and pitching — well, they will have a good chance to win.This...

Sam Macken prepares to bat at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on April 26, 2015.

Sam Macken shows utility skills for Minnesota softball in senior year

April 13, 2017

A lot has happened for Gophers softball in the past four seasons — and Sam Macken has been an integral part throughout it all.She was thrown into the fire almost as soon as she stepped onto the Minnesota...

Freshman Kendyl Lineman catches the ball during a game against South Dakota on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Gophers softball sweeps first Big Ten home series

April 10, 2017

Offense has been the story for the Gophers softball team as of late and the scoring showed no interest in a conclusion this weekend.With a big weekend from the middle of the lineup, No. 7 Minnesota (35-3,...

Junior Sydney Dwyer anticipates a catch during a game against South Dakota on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Sydney Dwyer keeps mood light, hitting heavy with Gophers softball

April 6, 2017

Every team needs a joker, and for the Gophers softball team, it’s Sydney Dwyer.Dwyer, a junior infielder, carries a reputation for cracking up her teammates — an importantasset in a long, road-heavy...

Freshman Amber Fiser pitches during the game against South Dakota on Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017.

Gophers dominate South Dakota 20-0 in first home doubleheader

April 5, 2017

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — and perhaps nowhere more so than in the Gophers softball batting order.No. 7 Minnesota (32-3, 5-1 Big Ten) once again showcased its offensive firepower in...

Gophers infielder Danielle Parlich prepares to hit the ball Tuesday during the border battle double-header at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on April 12, 2016.

Gophers softball goes 2-1 in games against Illini

April 3, 2017

The No. 6 Gophers softball team won their second Big Ten series of the season this weekend.Minnesota (30-3, 5-1 Big Ten) took two of three games against Illinois (24-10, 4-2 Big Ten) to continue its hot...

Amber Fiser brings black belt skills to the Gophers ball field

March 30, 2017

Amber Fiser’s calm demeanor seems contrary to what’s expected of a stereotypical fighter. While her focus is certainly on softball now, Fiser was a two-sport athlete growing up, and the second sport...

Gophers infielder Danielle Parlich prepares to hit the ball Tuesday during the Border Battle Double-Header at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on April 12, 2016.

Gophers softball team sweep Nebraska in Big Ten opening series

March 27, 2017

The Gophers softball team continued its non-conference success into the conference schedule this weekend.No. 8 Minnesota (28-2, 3-0 Big Ten) swept Nebraska (8-20, 0-3 Big Ten) in the Big Ten opening series...

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

Gophers softball head into Big Ten play with high confidence

March 23, 2017

When you’ve only lost two of your first 27 games, one might say you have the right to be confident.That’s exactly the mentality the eighth-ranked Gophers softball team is channeling when heading into...

Gophers sophomore Ethan Lizak takes on Johnny Jimenez in the Gophers match against the Badgers at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Lizak beat Jimenez 2-0.

Lizak, Pfarr lead Gophers to seventh place NCAA finish

March 22, 2017

Brett Pfarr only won one state title while at LeSeur-Henderson High School — making it all the more gratifying when he took the mat to wrestle for an NCAA championship last weekend.The redshirt senior...

Junior infielder Sydney Dwyer swings at a pitch at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Friday, Apr. 23, 2015.

Softball begins conference play on new, four-game winning streak

March 20, 2017

Although its perfect record is no longer, the Gophers softball team isn’t worried.No. 8 Minnesota (25-2) suffered its first losses of the season over spring break and fell twice to No. 6 Washington in...

Senior Sara Groenewegen pitches the ball at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on April 23, 2016.

Strong pitching vital in Gophers softball team’s 18-0 start

March 9, 2017

Tori Finucane admits the thought of joining a new team was a bit intimidating at first.The senior pitcher transferred to Minnesota this year from Missouri, where she was a two-time 21-game winner and SEC...

Senior Brett Pfarr takes on Iowa's Cash Wilcke at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Gophers lost 11-27 against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

Gophers take fifth at Big Ten Championships

March 8, 2017

The Gophers wrestling team used performances from some surprise NCAA qualifiers to boost itself to a fifth-place finish at llast weekend’s Big Ten championships.The No. 13 Gophers (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten)...

Gophers junior Sara Groenewegen throws a pitch at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on April 30, 2015.

Minnesota keeps rolling, wins four games at LSU

March 6, 2017

If what the Gophers faced in Baton Rouge over the weekend could be considered its first exam, consider it passed.No. 10 Minnesota won four games — including a Saturday night tilt over No....

Dani Wagner rounds a base at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on April 23, 2015.

Dani Wagner enjoying breakout junior season

March 2, 2017

Last year, Dani Wagner recorded just eight at-bats with a total of zero hits.Fast forward a year, and Wagner is hitting .359, is third on the Gophers in RBI and has two walk-off hits. The junior may seem...

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

Minnesota goes 5-0 in Fresno, extends season record to 14-0

February 27, 2017

It wasn’t always easy, but the Minnesota softball team extended its program-best start to 14-0.The No. 12 Gophers used a strong balance of hitting and pitching — including breakout performances...

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.

Gophers freshmen make early impact on softball team

February 23, 2017

The Gophers softball team is off to the best start in program history, and a big part of that comes from a group one may not normally attribute to: freshmen.No. 12 Minnesota’s group of seven newcomers...

Senior Brett Pfarr takes on Iowa's Cash Wilcke at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Gophers lost 11-27 against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

Gophers wrestling finish dual season, crushing Iowa State

February 22, 2017

An early upset by Chris Pfarr over a top-ten wrestler set the tone for Minnesota on Sunday against Iowa State.The No. 13 Gophers (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) didn’t look back and earned bonus points in seven of...

Junior Chris Pfarr takes on Ryan Christensen in the Gophers match against the Badgers at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Pfarr beat Christensen 7-4.

Gophers finish dual season with domination over Cyclones

February 21, 2017

An early upset by Chris Pfarr over a top-ten wrestler set the tone for Minnesota on Sunday against Iowa State.The No. 13 Gophers (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) didn’t look back and earned bonus points in seven of...

Sydney Dwyer edges off third base during the Gophers' home opener double-header against Illinois at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on April 9, 2016.

Minnesota softball team wins all four games in North Carolina

February 20, 2017

The beginning of the season is typically a time to shake off the rust and learn what type of team you have, but don’t tell a Minnesota softball team that.The No. 14 Gophers won all four games of the...

Brandt provides great utility for Gophers

February 17, 2017

Carlie Brandt is listed as a utility player on Minnesota’s roster, and there may not be a more fitting description.The true freshman from Le Sueur, Minnesota has the ability to play almost every position...

Mitch McKee learning on the job as a true freshman wrestler

February 16, 2017

College wrestling is no easy feat — particularly in the Big Ten — but it’s even harder when wrestling as a true freshman.Gophers wrestler Mitch McKee is experiencing that firsthand this year,...

Gophers junior Sara Groenewegen throws a pitch at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on April 30, 2015.

Gophers softball team starts year 5-0 in Austin

February 14, 2017

Winning the first five games is never a bad start to a season — especially when all those games were on the road. The No. 16 Gophers softball team (5-0) took its first steps towards another Big Ten...

Sophomore pitcher Sara Groenewegen pitches the ball at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Friday, May 1, 2015 against Purdue.

Minnesota opens season 5-0

February 13, 2017

A 5-0 record is never a bad start to a season, especially on the road to repeat.The No. 16 Gophers softball team (5-0) took its first steps towards another Big Ten tournament title last weekend in Austin,...

Nebraska's Dustin Williams takes on junior Nick Wanzek at the Sports Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 20. The Gophers lost 11 - 21 against the Huskers.

Gophers wrestling falls to fourth-ranked Buckeyes

February 13, 2017

Even wrestling without the number one heavyweight in the country, No. 4 Ohio State proved its ranking on Sunday.The Buckeyes (11-2, 7-2 Big Ten) took down the 12th ranked Gophers (6-5, 5-4 Big Ten) at...

Tommy Thorn, left, demonstrates a move with Assistant Coach Dustin Schlatter, right, at the Bierman Athletic Building on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.

Waiting for their shot: Gophers wrestlers pair with veterans

February 9, 2017

At Minnesota, wrestling practice consists of a little light jogging, some warm-up somersaults and cartwheels and loud music ranging from “Somethin’ Bout a Truck” to “Gangsta’s Paradise” from...

Gophers junior Sara Groenewegen throws a pitch at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Friday April 30, 2015.

Gophers start season with strong pitching, hitting and newcomers

February 9, 2017

The Gophers softball team is hoping to build momentum on a Big Ten Tournament-winning season when it opens action this weekend.No. 16 Minnesota starts the year on the road in Texas — one of five...

Senior Brett Pfarr takes on Iowa's Cash Wilcke at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Gophers lost 11-27 against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

Minnesota wrestling dominated by Iowa at home, 27-11

February 6, 2017

The opening half of wrestling — typically the Gophers’ forte — proved to be their kryptonite against Iowa on Sunday.The No. 3 Hawkeyes (10-2, 6-1 Big Ten) took down No. 10 Minnesota (6-4,...

Senior Michael Kroells takes on Nebraska's Collin Jensen at the Sports Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 20.

Gophers wrestling team prepare for showdown with Iowa

February 2, 2017

One of the biggest rivalries in college wrestling will be renewed this weekend, and one team looks to turn the tides on what has been a somewhat one-sided affair.No. 10 Minnesota (6-3, 5-2 Big Ten) hosts...

Sophomore Ethan Lizak takes on Nebraska's Tim Lambeth at the Sports Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 20. The Gophers would lose to the University of Nebraska

Minnesota takes down Purdue to start win streak

January 30, 2017

Thanks to three technical falls and two major decisions, the Gophers wrestling team defeated Purdue 29-12 on Sunday in West Lafayette, Indiana.No. 12 Minnesota (6-3, 5-2 Big Ten) got off to a quick start...

Nebraska's Dustin Williams takes on junior Nick Wanzek at the Sports Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 20. The Gophers lost 11 - 21 against the Huskers.

Wanzek thriving in third year, back at 165 pounds

January 26, 2017

After one season at his dream school, Nick Wanzek wasn’t sure he wanted to wrestle anymore.Wanzek, then a redshirt freshman, had been forced to drop down a weight class to 165 pounds — and the...

Nebraska's Dustin Williams is flipped by junior Nick Wanzek at the Sports Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 20. The Gophers lost 11-21 against  Nebraska.

Minnesota wrestlers achieve road redemption

January 23, 2017

Fast starts seemed to be a theme for the Minnesota wrestling team this weekend, although they didn’t always pay off. The No. 12 Gophers (5-3, 4-2 Big Ten) lost to No. 5 Nebraska (10-1, 3-1 Big Ten) 21-11...

Gophers struggle in lower weights, lose 21-11 to Cornhuskers

January 21, 2017

The lower weight classes have struggled for the Gophers wrestling team, and that trend continued Friday night. No. 12 Minnesota (4-3, 3-2 Big Ten) dropped all five matches under 165 pounds,...

Tommy Thorn competes against Rutgers wrestler Anthony Ashnault in the 141-pound matchup at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 17, 2016.

On wrestling team, Lizak and Thorn return with immediate impact

January 19, 2017

 The Gophers wrestling team will get a much-needed boost in the lower weights with the return of two starters from suspension. Ethan Lizak, who wrestles at 125 pounds, and 141-pound Tommy Thorn were...

Gophers senior Michael Kroells takes on Connor Medbery in the Gophers match against the Badgers at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Kroells lost to Medbery, 3-2.

Minnesota wrestling fights back to defeat Wisconsin

January 17, 2017

For redshirt junior Chris Pfarr, no moment is too big when he doesn’t know the score.Pfarr’s comeback 7-4 win over No. 20 Ryan Christensen at 174 pounds lifted No. 12 Minnesota (4-2, 3-1 Big Ten) to...