Minnesota Golden Gophers softball

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Minnesota Golden Gophers softball
UniversityUniversity of Minnesota
Head coachPiper Ritter (3rd season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationMinneapolis, MN
Home stadiumJane Sage Cowles Stadium (Capacity: 1,000)
NicknameGolden Gophers
ColorsMaroon and gold[1]
   
NCAA WCWS appearances
2019
AIAW WCWS appearances
1976, 1978
NCAA Super Regional appearances
2014, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
1988, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
Conference Tournament championships
1999, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
Regular Season Conference championships
1986, 1988, 1991, 2017

The Minnesota Golden Gophers softball team represents the University of Minnesota in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I competition. College softball became a varsity sport at the University of Minnesota in 1974.

History[edit]

Coaching history[edit]

Years Coach Record %
1974–1975, 1977–1989 Linda Wells 350–264–1 .570
1976 Jenny Johnson 16–4 .800
1990–1991 Teresa Wilson 79–59 .572
1992–1998 Lisa Bernstein 239–182–1 .568
1999–2010 Lisa Bernstein & Julie Standering 356–300–2 .543
2011–2017 Jessica Allister 290–107 .730
2018–2020 Jamie Trachsel 102–40–1 .717
2021–present Piper Ritter 58–37–1 .609

Championships[edit]

Conference Championships[edit]

Season Conference Record Head coach
1986 Big Ten Conference 15–9 Linda Wells
1988 Big Ten Conference 15–8 Linda Wells
1991 Big Ten Conference 20–4 Teresa Wilson
2017 Big Ten Conference 22–1 Jessica Allister

Conference tournament championships[edit]

Year Conference Tournament Location Head coach
1999 Big Ten Conference Ann Arbor, MI Lisa Bernstein & Julie Standering
2014 Big Ten Conference Evanston, IL Jessica Allister
2016 Big Ten Conference State College, PA Jessica Allister
2017 Big Ten Conference Ann Arbor, MI Jessica Allister
2018 Big Ten Conference Madison, WI Jamie Trachsel

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Coached Consecutive season at
Minnesota in current position
Piper Ritter Head coach 2nd (15th at Minnesota)
Carly Wynn Associate Head Coach 2nd
Katie Richardson Assistant coach 2nd
Mariah Lopez Graduate Manager 1st
Alex Mohoney Student Manager 1st
Ben Sewell Student Manager 2nd
Reference:[2]

Roster[edit]

2022 Golden Gophers Roster[3]
# Name Position Bat/Throws Year Height Hometown High School/Previous Team
2 Sydney Strelow INF R/R JR 5'4 Kenosha, Wisconsin Bradford High School
5 Sara Kinch C R/R SO 5'10 Temecula, California Great Oak High School
6 Chloe Evans UT L/R SO 5'9 Seymour, Wisconsin Seymour Community High School
9 Rylie Costa INF R/R SO 5'5 Tracy, California Kimball High School
14 Ansleigh Hollifield RHP/INF R/R SO 5/7 Dacula, Georgia Buford High School
15 Emily Leavitt RHP R/R FR 5'6 Chino, California Ayala High School
17 Maddy Ehlke INF L/R SO 5'10 Green Bay, Wisconsin Bay Port High School
18 Ellie Jensen OF L/R RS SR 5'5 Watertown, Wisconsin Watertown High School
19 Delanie Cox UT R/R JR 5'6 Aurora, Colorado Cherokee Trail High School
20 Megan Dray C/1B R/R GR 5'9 Lynchburg, Virginia North Carolina
21 Nani Valencia INF R/R FR 5'7 Georgetown, Kentucky Scott County High School
22 Mackenzie Denson OF L/R SO 5'2 Mansfield, Texas Lake Ridge High School
24 Lauren Espalin OF L/R GR 5'6 San Dimas, California California
25 Autumn Pease RHP R/R SR 5'9 Murrieta, California Idaho State
31 Natalie DenHartog OF R/R SR 5'8 Hopkins, Minnesota Hopkins High School
32 Makenna Dowell INF L/R GR 5'2 Suwanee, Georgia Auburn
39 Emily Hansen UT L/R SR 5'7 Buffalo, Minnesota Buffalo High School
55 Clare Ceynowa C R/R SO 5'7 Brainerd, Minnesota Brainerd High School
67 Ali Lindner OF L/R SR 5'7 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Harrisburg High School
77 Kayla Chavez INF R/R FR 5'6 Chino, California Chino Hills High School

Notable players[edit]

National awards[edit]

NFCA Catcher of the Year
  • Kendyl Lindaman (2017)

Conference awards[edit]

Big Ten Player of the Year
Big Ten Pitcher of the Year
  • Sara Groenewegen, 2014, 2017[8][6]
  • Amber Fiser, 2019[9]
  • Autumn Pease, 2023[10]
Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • Brenda Bixby, 1988[4]
  • Sara Moulton, 2011[11]
  • Sara Groenewegen, 2014[8]
  • Maddie Houlihan, 2016[12]
  • Kendyl Lindaman, 2017[6]
Big Ten Coach of the Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colors and Type | University Relations". Retrieved December 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "Minnesota Golden Gophers Softball Roster and Coaches". gophersports.com. University of Minnesota Athletics. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ "2022 Softball Roster". gophersports.com. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  4. ^ a b c d e "2020 Softball Record Book (PDF) - Big Ten Conference" (PDF). BigTen.org. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  5. ^ "Softball Award Winners Named". BigTen.org. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  6. ^ a b c d "Big Ten Announces Softball Postseason Honors". BigTen.org. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  7. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2018 Softball Postseason Honors". BigTen.org. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  8. ^ a b "Big Ten Honors Softball All-Conference Teams and Individual Award Winners". BigTen.org. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  9. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2019 Softball Postseason Honors". BigTen.org. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  10. ^ "Big Ten Conference Announces 2023 Softball Postseason Honors". BigTen.org. May 10, 2023. Retrieved May 10, 2023.
  11. ^ "Big Ten Announces Softball All-Big Ten Teams and Individual Award Winners". BigTen.org. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  12. ^ "Softball All-Conference and Award Winners". BigTen.org. Retrieved 2022-04-18.