Minnesota's softball team traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama this past weekend for the Easton Bama Bash, taking on Alabama, Louisiana Monroe and Missouri State.
The Gophers lost 69-60 as Minnesota's guards struggled to get in an offensive rhythm.
The Gophers have found success from unexpected places this season as new faces have emerged to lead Minnesota on offense. Of the eight home runs the team has hit this season, all of them have been from players who had never hit a home run in a Gophers uniform before: Hope Brandner, Carlie Brandt, Natalie DenHartog, Ali Lindner and Anne Miller.
Sophomore Henry Meeker currently competes on the team. However, years before him, his father Brian Meeker competed on the mats for the Gophers as a Big Ten champion gymnast and five-time All-American from 1979-1982.
The Minnesota women's gymnastics team continued their hot streak against Maryland on Friday, beating the Terrapins 196.850-195.325.
Nearly one year ago on Feb. 16, Gophers gymnast Ivy Lu achieved perfection. Lu wrote her name in the Gophers' record book that day as the second gymnast in program history to hit a perfect score on the balance beam.
Sophomore Shane Wiskus led the way for the Gophers, competing in four events: pommel horse, vault, parallel bars and high bar. Wiskus notched three career-highs in vault (14.800), parallel bars (14.800) and high bar (14.200), which earned him first place in each event. He also placed third in the pommel horse, scoring 13.500 for his best performance on the event since the first meet.
The Gophers shooting woes — especially from 3-point range — continued in Saturday's loss to No. 9 Michigan State.
Following a second place finish at the NCAA Championships last season, the Minnesota roster went through a massive overhaul. Ten seniors departed the team, including team captains Joel Gagnon and Alex Wittenberg, making way for a youth movement as nine freshman were added to this season's team.
The team began Big Ten competition last week on Saturday, Jan. 26 on the road against Penn State and narrowly edged the Nittany Lions 196.925-196.775. The Gophers recorded season-highs in three events: the vault, bars and beam. The team's beam score of 49.375 put them among the top women's teams in Gophers history in the event, placing fourth in program history.