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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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  • Alabama’s bases-loaded walk ends Gophers’ winning streak at 26

    Saturday, May 20th, 2017

    By TOMMY DEAS Special to the Star Tribune
    May 20, 2017

    TUSCALOOSA, ALA. – The pitcher who never walks a batter walked in the run Saturday that ended the Gophers softball team’s 26-game winning streak and put it in the losers’ bracket at the Tuscaloosa Regional.

    Two-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Sara Groenewegen issued her first walk of the day, and only her 30th of the year, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to give 16th-seeded Alabama a 1-0 victory at Rhoads Stadium.

    “Heck of a softball game,” Gophers coach Jessica Allister said of the extra-inning affair. “You’re looking at two of the best pitchers in the absolute country. You’re not going to find two better than them. That was a battle.”

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    Previewing the 2012 Women’s College World Series field

    Monday, May 28th, 2012

    Breaking down the eight squads heading to Oklahoma City
    Jerry Trickie, NCAA.com

    Alabama | Arizona State | California | LSU | Oklahoma | Oregon | South Florida | Tennessee

    School: Alabama Nickname: Crimson Tide City: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Conference: Southeastern Record (NCAA selection): 55-7 (SEC champion)
    Coach (record): Patrick Murphy (767-197 in 15 years overall, 739-217 in 14 years at UA)
    NCAA bids: 14 WCWS bids (titles bold): 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

    Down the order: You want power? It’s there as the Crimson Tide are among the national leaders in home runs with 93. Speed? Oh yeah, it’s there as Bama has rolled to second place nationally with 137 stolen bases…

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