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University of Minnesota Gophers softball season ends with loss in Alabama rematch

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

A second 1-0 loss to the Crimson Tide ended the Gophers’ record season.
By TOMMY DEAS Special to the Star Tribune

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Gophers softball team’s saga didn’t end how players wanted it to, nor where.

The Gophers fell 1-0 to Alabama on Sunday in the championship game of the Tuscaloosa Regional at Rhoads Stadium.

The Big Ten champions finished the season with a 56-5 record, and with some lingering indignation over how they were sent on the road as an unseeded team despite their record and credentials.

“This should have been a Super Regional game,” Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said.

“At least,” said Gophers coach Jessica Allister, indicating that the epic pitching duels between the teams could have been played at the Women’s College World Series.

Instead, it happened on Alabama’s home turf in front of more than 1,900 fans.

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  • SOFTBALL: Turang thrives as two-sport athlete

    Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

    (Brianna Turang is the granddaughter of Ray Smith of Yucaipa, a pretty good fastpitch pitcher, who recently retired from the sport after pitching for the So. California Masters.)

    BY DAVID LASSEN / Riverside Press Enterprise STAFF WRITER

    This is not a story for slackers.

    Those unfamiliar with the concept of a full schedule will not appreciate the rare and challenging life of Brianna Turang, a junior at the University of Oklahoma.

    Turang, from Corona Santiago High, is a softball player at Oklahoma. And a soccer player for the Sooners. And a very good student: “I know she was a 4.0 last semester,” said softball coach Patty Gasso.

    Turang bubbles with enthusiasm over her full plate…

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