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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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  • After Gophers’ NCAA softball snub, it’s Big Ten vs. the world

    Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    By JACE FREDERICK | jfrederick@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press
    PUBLISHED: May 18, 2017 at 7:06 pm | UPDATED: May 18, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Big Ten softball coaches are a tight-knit group.

    Illinois coach Tyra Perry has received many well wishes from the conference’s other coaches leading into the Illini’s NCAA tournament opener against Marshall on Friday.

    Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle, knowing her team wouldn’t be playing in the postseason, only watched the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday night for one reason.

    “To try to decide if I was going to drive to Minneapolis the first weekend (for regionals) or the second weekend (for Super Regionals) to watch (the Gophers),” Revelle said.

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    In losing a chance to host NCAA regional, Gophers became the country’s Cinderella

    Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    By DANE MIZUTANI | dmizutani@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press
    PUBLISHED: May 18, 2017 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: May 18, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    A week surrounded by controversy will come to a head for the Gophers softball team Friday when it starts regional play in the NCAA tournament at the University of Alabama.

    More than 1,000 miles away, Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus — home to the top-ranked team in this week’s USAToday/NFCA Coaches poll — will sit idle.

    As early as last week, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the Gophers would be host to an NCAA Regional, and maybe even a Super Regional. Instead, the NCAA deemed there were 16 teams more deserving.

    It raises the obvious question: What does Minnesota stand to lose?

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

    Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    By BRIAN MURPHY / brianmurphy@pioneerpress.com
    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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    Field set for 2016 NCAA Division I Softball Championship

    Monday, May 16th, 2016
    The University of Minnesota softball team won the Big 10 Tournament, and now head to Seattle to play in the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Championship, May 20-22.

    The University of Minnesota softball team won the Big 10 Tournament, and now head to Seattle to play in the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Championship, May 20-22.

    In total, 64 teams will begin play May 20 at 16 regional tournament sites to begin the 2016 NCAA Div. 1 national softball championship playoffs. See Tourament Brackett

    Heading the tournament is the No. 1 seeded Florida Gators (53-5), who will have their work cut out for them in their four-team regional hosted by the Gators in Gainsville that includes Alabama St. (27-24), Florida Atlantic (50-7), UCF (36-20), and UCF (36-20).

    As the No. 2 seed, the Michigan Wolverinses (46-5) play host to Notre Dame (41-11), Miami (OH) (34-21), and Valparaiso (18-32).

    No. 3 seed, the Oklahoma Sooners (47-4) take on Wichita St. (35-19), Tulsa (35-19), and Ole Miss (39-20) at Norman.

    And No. 4 seed Auburn (49-9) will host Jacksonville St. (41-15), USC Upstate (42-13), and Oregon St. (30-18-1) at Auburn, Ala.

    The eight super regionals winners will head for Oklahoma City and the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium – Oge Energy Field to compete for the national championship, June 2-8.

    …The University of Minnesota (41-12) which beat Michigan in extra innings to win the Big 10 Tournament, travel to Seattle where host and No. 11 seed Washington (36-13) awaits, along with Weber St. (37-17), and North Dakota (38-13).

    No. 5 seed and Pac 10 champions Oregon (44-8) will host Fordham (39-19), Long Beach St. (32-20), and the Baylor Bears (43-12) at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

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