Gophers left fielder Natalie DenHartog has appeared in 36 of Minnesota's 37 games this season. It didn't take long for the freshman to make an impact for the Gophers offensively.
When Minnesota needed runs, first baseman Hope Brandner provided the Gophers with an offensive spark.
On a cold, Sunday afternoon at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium, the Gophers entertained the home crowd with 13 runs in a Big Ten doubleheader.
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.
Minnesota defeated Cornell 2-0 on Friday. The team moves on to the national championship game to fight Wisconsin in the final game of the season.
Minnesota has a shot to make it to the NCAA Championship game on Sunday. First, the Gophers have to beat Cornell in their first Frozen Four game since 2017.
The Gophers moved on to the Frozen Four after defeating Princeton 5-2 on Saturday. Minnesota now will play Cornell next Friday for a chance at the national title game.
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.
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.