Gopher Softball Clinches Share of First Big Ten Title Since 1991

Gopher Softball Clinches Share of First Big Ten Title Since 1991

May 05, 2017 09:13 PM

The Minnesota softball team hasn't had a conference championship of any kind since 1991, but that will change this season.  The 4th-ranked Gophers crushed Penn State 11-1 Friday night, clinching at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

The Gophers can win the Championship outright with wins in either of their final two games against penn State this weekend, of if Michigan loses any of their three this weekend at Rutgers.


Friday's win also gives the Gophers a program-record 20-game win streak. They began this season with a separate 19-game win streak, and currently stand 49-2 (20-1 in Big Ten).

Senior pitcher Sara Groenewegen took a perfect game into the sixth-inning.  She ended up surrendering just one hit while striking out twelve.

Freshman catcher Kendyl Lindaman crushed her 19th home run of the season, extending her single-season program record.

Maddie Houlihan went 3-4 with 3 RBI and a home run that came immediately following Lindaman's 6th-inning smash.

The Gophers and Nittany Lions play game two of their series Saturday afternoon in State College.

In addition to the conference title, a win Saturday would give the Gophers their first-ever 50-win season.


Chris Long

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