After defeating No. 3 Purdue 4-3 on Friday, the Gophers are one win away from appearing in another Big Ten championship game.
In front of a crowd of 1,323 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Sunday, the Gophers spoiled Northwestern's bid to win the Big Ten regular-season title.
On a sunny Friday afternoon, the Gophers' offense was efficient as Minnesota won both games in five innings thanks to the mercy rule. The Gophers won the first game 9-0 and the second game 8-0.
Minnesota swept Wisconsin in a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday. The Gophers beat the Badgers in the first game 8-2 and won the second game 10-3.
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.