Erik Nelson


In final season, Maddie Houlihan looks to lead Gophers to another Big Ten title

Right fielder Maddie Houlihan was Minnesota's hero against Maryland this weekend. In the Gophers' first Big Ten series of the season, Houlihan led Minnesota offensively with a .667 batting average and drove in six runs. The highlight of her weekend came on Saturday. The Gophers trailed the Terrapins 4-2 heading into the top of the sixth inning. 

Hope Brandner hasn't missed a stride in first season with Minnesota

First baseman Hope Brandner is producing for the Gophers in her first season with Minnesota. After spending the 2018 season with Oregon State, Brandner leads the Gophers with 26 RBIs and has hit six home runs. Her batting average is .343, which is second-best on the team.

Minnesota readies for Princeton on Saturday

No. 2 Minnesota (30-5-1) will face No. 7 Princeton (20-7-5) on Saturday at Ridder Arena in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. The winner will advance to the Frozen Four in Hamden, Connecticut. The Gophers missed out on the Frozen Four in 2018 after losing to Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.