The Minnesota Daily

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Gophers to host a pair of Big Ten offensive juggernauts this weekend

April 6, 2007

It might be a cold weekend for the Minnesota softball team, but after playing 27 games on the road, home should be comforting for the Gophers. Minnesota finally returns to Jane Sage Cowles Stadium to kick...

Pair of teammates adjusting to new positions

April 5, 2007

Change can be a good thing. But when last season's two leading hitters and defensive keys from the Minnesota softball team made drastic position switches to start the year, the change looked a little risky. But...

Men finish season on high note, women end meet in fifth place

April 2, 2007

The Minnesota men's gymnastics team didn't win this year's Big Ten Championship, but, climbing back into the top half of the conference with a third-place finish Friday night at the Sports Pavilion, the...

Minnesota unable to slow Buckeyes

April 2, 2007

The offense began to reappear for the Minnesota softball team this weekend, perhaps giving the Gophers reason to be excited for the future. Minnesota (13-14 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) lost a pair of games at...

Big Ten play starts in Columbus for Minnesota

March 30, 2007

The Minnesota softball team has no plans to repeat last season's conference troubles. The Gophers open up their Big Ten schedule at Ohio State at 3 p.m. today, hoping to put all thoughts of last year's...

Conference championships at stake this weekend for both men and women

March 30, 2007

The wait is over as the long-anticipated Big Ten Championships roll into town for the Minnesota men's gymnastics team this weekend. The Gophers will host the conference team championship tonight at the...

Hall of Famer Winfield returns to campus

March 29, 2007

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi called him the best athlete in Minnesota history Wednesday afternoon as he introduced Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield to a group of coaches and...

Men’s gymnasts looking to make big statement

March 27, 2007

The goal for the Minnesota men's gymnastics team has been to peak at the end of the season. The Gophers started off slow this season but have made definite strides, increasing their season-high score by...

Tight loss leaves women optimistic

March 26, 2007

Bring on the postseason. The Minnesota women's gymnastics team finished off the regular season on Saturday, tuning up for next week's Big Ten Championships with 194.65-194.625 loss to West Virginia at...

Seniors to be honored against Mountaineers

March 23, 2007

After a trying year full of injuries for the Minnesota women's gymnastics team, the Gophers will finally have an opportunity to recognize their three senior athletes. Minnesota will honor its seniors Saturday...

Hassett and Stemper working well together on and off field

March 21, 2007

The pitching staff has been an integral part of the Minnesota softball team's success this season, and sophomore pitcher Briana Hassett's strong start might be most notable. Hassett's 1.92 ERA ranks her...

Women once again have success when traveling westward

March 19, 2007

Heading west has had some great effects on the Minnesota women's gymnastics team this season. After posting a then season-high score of 195.125 at Arizona on Feb. 2, the Gophers had an even better performance...

Gophers have mixed results out west

March 19, 2007

The night-and-day offensive trend of the Minnesota softball team continued last weekend. up next Ohio State when: Friday, March 30 where: Columbus, Ohio The Gophers (13-12) split their four-game weekend...

Wichita-bound Gophers in need of offense

March 9, 2007

Following an offensive drought last weekend, the Minnesota softball team will try to rebound heading into the Shocker Invitational in Wichita, Kansas. This week on the field the Gophers practiced several...

Gophers try to improve score for fourth straight week

March 9, 2007

If current trends stay the same, things are really looking up for the Minnesota women's gymnastics team. The Gophers improved their score for the third consecutive meet last weekend, reaching a season-high...

A strong Minnesota start dooms Tommies

March 8, 2007

For a traditionally strong defensive program like the Minnesota baseball team, offense just got really easy. The Gophers scored early and often, cruising past the St. Thomas Tommies 9-2 at the Metrodome...

In midst of strong season, Lee gaining national attention

March 6, 2007

With just four meets left in his career, Minnesota gymnast Jacob Lee has made the most of his time with the Gophers. And now the senior all-arounder's hard work is finally paying off with an opportunity...

Gophers encouraged in loss

March 5, 2007

Things are looking up for the Minnesota men's gymnastics team. The Gophers put up a season-best score for the third-straight weekend Saturday, scoring 216.5 points at the Sports Pavillion, and blowing...

Offensive woes doom Gophers on road

March 5, 2007

The hitters on Minnesota's softball team probably don't want to see California ever again. Heading into the Worth Invitational with such high hopes, the Gophers (8-7 overall) came out of the five-game...

Gophers trying to end losing skid to alums

March 2, 2007

Despite improving its season-high score by two full points last weekend, the Minnesota men's gymnastics team might be facing a challenge it just can't overcome this weekend. The Gophers face the alumni...

Gophers head to California for tourney featuring top-notch competition

March 2, 2007

The Minnesota softball team has already made strides toward improving upon a dismal 2006 season and will try to keep it going this weekend at the Worth Invitational. The Gophers (7-3 overall) head into...

Minnesota fights through injuries as healthy gymnasts step in to fill voids

February 28, 2007

Those paying attention to the Minnesota women's gymnastics team this year might have noticed a dwindling number of healthy gymnasts as the season has progressed. With three season-ending injuries occurring...

Gophers lose in Carabajal’s return

February 26, 2007

The Minnesota women's gymnastics team proved against No. 21 Iowa on Saturday that it is just one event shy of returning to true form, putting together a pair of season-best scores in the 194.625-193.95...

Injury-plagued Gophers host Hawkeyes

February 23, 2007

Limping into the halfway point of the season, the Minnesota women's gymnastics team is hoping for a little luck in the health department. The Gophers might get a glimpse of what their team looks like healthy...

With so few teams, extinction is nearing

February 21, 2007

As strong as the Minnesota men's gymnastics program is this season, it might be on the verge of extinction along with men's collegiate gymnastics as a whole. "As an NCAA sport, we have such a small number...

Gophers miss opportunity

February 19, 2007

The biggest upset of the season for the Minnesota men's gymnastics team just slipped through its fingers Saturday. up next Pacific coast classic when: 7 p.m. Saturday where: Oakland, Calif. The Gophers...

Minnesota hosts top team in the country

February 16, 2007

The undefeated dual-meet record might be in jeopardy for Minnesota's men's gymnastics team. The Gophers will put their 3-0 record on the line Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion as they take on Michigan...

Gophers struggle despite lesser competition

February 12, 2007

Falling must be contagious. Whether it was the weak competition or the different format of the meet, the Minnesota women's gymnastics team lacked the concentration needed to perform up to par Saturday...

Minnesota hosts the best teams from the state this weekend

February 9, 2007

Even with the competition not quite up to par this weekend, the Minnesota women's gymnastics team should still have an opportunity to improve. Hamline, Gustavus Adolphus and Winona State all come to the...

Men’s team wins, women’s team loses to Arizona

February 5, 2007

The successful trend for the Minnesota men's gymnastics team continued this weekend, as the seventh-ranked Gophers overpowered No. 8 Iowa on the road Sunday, picking up the 206-201.5 win. Minnesota dispelled...

Gophers come from behind to beat alumni

February 5, 2007

Despite struggles at the plate, 13 walks issued and three errors, the Minnesota baseball team still managed to provide some excitement in its 3-2 win over the alumni Saturday. The Gophers fought back from...

Both Minnesota squads hit the road for meets

February 2, 2007

Coming off two strong performances at home, the Minnesota men's gymnastics team hopes to take its success on the road this weekend, traveling to Iowa to face the Hawkeyes on Sunday at 2 p.m. "I think we...

Gophers set to play in final alumni game

February 2, 2007

Saturday marks the end of an era for Minnesota baseball. At 3:05 p.m. on Saturday, the Gophers start their preseason game against the alumni for the last time within the friendly confines of the Metrodome,...

Walker fighting through injuries

January 30, 2007

Minnesota junior Angela Walker is a prime example of determination in action. The successful gymnast has sailed through her routines this season and is in line to be the next all-arounder for the Gophers...

Minnesota no match for No. 3 Utah

January 29, 2007

With so many injuries plaguing the Minnesota women's gymnastics team, its impressive weekend performance might come as a surprise to many. up next arizona when: 8:30 p.m. Friday where: Tucson, Ariz. The...

Injury-plagued Minnesota squad trying to improve team scores as it hosts No. 3 Utah

January 26, 2007

This weekend could shape up to be a big one for the Minnesota women's gymnastics team. A week after falling out of the top 25, the Gophers host No. 3 Utah on Saturday night at 6 at the Sports Pavilion. Utah...

Minnesota pulls off upset

January 22, 2007

Improvement from last week was needed if the Minnesota men's gymnastics team was going to be successful Saturday. The ninth-ranked Gophers definitely showed improvement and looked impressive as they defended...

Young Minnesota squad begins Big Ten season

January 19, 2007

Following a disappointing weekend in Chicago, a home-floor advantage could be what the Minnesota men's gymnastics team needs. The ninth-ranked Gophers host No. 6 Illinois on Saturday at 6 p.m. and need...

Gophers show improvement, not enough to secure a win

January 16, 2007

An air of confidence seemed to surround the Minnesota women's gymnastics team at its season opener Saturday. The 21st-ranked Gophers put up a strong showing at home, collecting 194.4 points despite falling...

Minnesota falls to South Dakota State at the buzzer

January 16, 2007

College basketball games last 40 minutes and Minnesota's women's team received a rude reminder of that Sunday afternoon. South Dakota State scored the winning basket as time expired, handing the Gophers...

Season still a success despite disappointing Elite Eight end

December 12, 2006

After a disappointing end to the 2005 season, the Minnesota volleyball team seemed anxious to get back on the right track for 2006. The Gophers got things started well ahead of schedule, playing in Europe...

Minnesota falls to Nebraska in Elite Eight

December 11, 2006

So close, yet so far. The Minnesota volleyball team came just a game away from earning a trip to the Final Four, but instead found itself on the first plane home after suffering a crushing defeat. After...

Minnesota’s road to the Final Four makes a stop in Florida

December 8, 2006

With two NCAA Tournament wins under its belt, the Minnesota volleyball team needs just a pair of wins this weekend to earn a spot in the Final Four for the third time in four seasons. The eighth-seeded...

Minnesota back in Sweet 16 after win

December 4, 2006

Coach Mike Hebert has been stressing that the Minnesota volleyball team needs to be more resilient this season. After surviving a mid-match lineup change to pick up a five-game win over St. John's on Friday,...

Minnesota crushes Siena in first round of NCAA Tournament

December 1, 2006

They must not have played Siena volleyball. Just four days after Saints' coach Garvey Pierre guaranteed a victory over the Minnesota volleyball team, saying "We will win if we come out and play Siena volleyball,"...

Gophers take on Siena in first round

November 30, 2006

Heading into the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Minnesota's volleyball team has been met with a challenge. The eighth-seeded Gophers kick off the tournament against a Siena team at 5 p.m. in Albany,...

Gophers sweep pair of Indiana teams, tie season record for Big Ten wins

November 27, 2006

With a pair of wins over Purdue and Indiana this weekend, the Minnesota volleyball team finished off the regular season looking like a team deserving of an NCAA Tournament berth. The 10th-ranked Gophers...

Regular season ends on the road

November 22, 2006

With just two matches remaining and the NCAA Tournament selections right around the corner, the Minnesota volleyball team finds itself in a good spot. "I feel really good about our team," coach Mike Hebert...

Stops made at key times

November 20, 2006

Looking at the 546 total yards Minnesota's football team gave up on Saturday, it would be hard to believe it was the defense that won the game. But that was exactly how the Gophers defeated Iowa, forcing...

Minnesota hosts Iowa on senior night

November 17, 2006

With the four seniors helping to carry the Minnesota volleyball team through the final weeks of the season, senior night couldn't come at a better time. The seniors will be honored at 7 p.m. on Saturday...