Left winger Nicole Schammel is one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Patty Kazmaier Award.
While some Gophers players have chosen to major in science fields, left winger Tianna Gunderson has chosen a different path.
Center Taylor Wente scored at 1:27 of overtime on Saturday as No. 1 Minnesota (27-4-1, 17-4-1-0) swept Minnesota State (9-17-5, 3-16-3-2). The Gophers won 3-1 on Friday and 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.
Minnesota (4-3) won two of its four games in the tournament in Clearwater, Florida, defeating Notre Dame (4-6) on Saturday 10-0 in five innings and California (5-5) 4-0 on Sunday. The Gophers lost to No. 6 Tennessee (8-1) 4-2 on Friday and No. 1 Florida State (9-0) 17-6 on Saturday.
Minnesota hasn't had any problem with scoring so far this season. The Gophers have scored 21 times in three games for an average of seven per game. Part of that success has come from situational hitting.
Ask any Minnesota player who the best dancer on the team is. One of the first names that came up was defender Crystalyn Hengler.
No. 21 Minnesota (2-1) began its regular season with two wins and one loss, defeating North Florida (0-2) and Central Florida in a doubleheader on Friday in Orlando, Florida before falling to Ole Miss 3-1 on Saturday. Minnesota was supposed to play George Mason on Sunday, but the game was canceled due to rain.
No. 2 Minnesota (25-4-1, 15-4-1-0) split its weekend series against Minnesota-Duluth (12-12-2, 8-8-2-2), losing 3-2 in overtime on Saturday but winning 5-3 on Sunday. Neither team had a lead of more than one goal until the final minute of Sunday's game. Goaltender Sydney Scobee made 26 saves, winning her ninth game of the season.
Minnesota softball is looking to win its fourth consecutive Big Ten tournament title. Last season, the Gophers became the first Big Ten team to win three straight Big Ten championships since the Michigan Wolverines from 1996-98.
As soon as she stepped on the grounds of the University of Minnesota, right winger Alex Woken knew she wanted to study science.