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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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Gophers softball team crushes Louisiana Tech 11-3 in NCAA tournament opener

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

St. Paul and Minneapolis StarTribune
By TOMMY DEAS Special to the StarTribune

TUSCALOOSA, ALA. – The Gophers grabbed a bat Friday and took out their frustrations.

Fortunately, they did so on a softball.

Minnesota, the No. 1-ranked team in the coaches’ poll that didn’t get seeded in the NCAA tournament, opened play in the Tuscaloosa Regional with an 11-3 victory over Louisiana Tech at Rhoads Stadium. The Gophers won in five innings by the mercy rule, but they weren’t in a particularly merciful mood.

The Big Ten regular-season and tournament champions improved to 55-3 and advanced to the winners’ bracket semifinal against host and 16th-seeded Alabama, which beat Albany 5-1. First pitch has been moved up two hours to 11:30 a.m. Saturday because of weather concerns.

“We just wanted to get out there really,” second baseman McKenna Partain said. “Just attack early, go for it early, get ahead early.”

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  • Gophers softball coach Jessica Allister: ‘We’re going to prove them wrong.’

    Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    Published: May 17, 2017

    TWIN CITIES, Minn. – The suddenly No. 1-ranked Gophers softball team was so certain it would be among the 16 schools to host an NCAA regional this weekend that travel plans were nonexistent — until Sunday night’s selection committee snub.

    “Shame on us for assuming anything,” Minnesota coach Jessica Allister said Wednesday.

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