May 15, 2017 02:52 AM
(ABC 6 News) - The Minnesota Gophers softball team has had a remarkable season, winning all but three games with a 21-1 record in the Big Ten Conference.
On Saturday, the Gophers won over Illinois in the semi-finals to advance to the Big Ten Championship game. Sydney Dwyer was a huge factor in both games. She hit a walk-off home run against Illinois to give her team the win and advance to the finals.
Dwyer kick-started the Gophers momentum against Ohio State. She hit a two-run home run at the top of the fifth inning to put Minnesota up 3-0. Local Hayfield native, and Gophers outfielder, Dani Wagner scored off of Dwyer's home run. Another local native, Sam Macken, a Rochester Lourdes graduate, also made some key plays to help lift her team to a win.
Senior pitcher, Sara Groenewegen had a standout performance. Groenewegen pitched a complete game and only allowed two hits, along with 12 strikeouts. She now is the Gophers all-time strikeout record holder, with 1,187 career strikeouts.
This marks the second straight season and third time in four years that the Minnesota Gophers won the Big Ten Championship title, as they topped Ohio State 6-0.
The Minnesota Gophers have earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. They will play in the Tuscaloosa Regional and take on Louisiana Tech University at 1:30p.m. on Friday. This now marks the Gophers 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Updated: May 15, 2017 02:52 AM
Created: May 15, 2017 12:23 AM
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