Minnesota Softball is rolling into the NCAA Tournament on a fantastic hot streak. They've won their last 14 games, including their thrilling extra innings win against #2 ranked Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament final. Their first NCAA opponent in the Seattle Regional will be North Dakota State. The Bison are also on a 14 game win streak and are 38-13 on the season (including going 17-0 in the Summit League).
Minnesota will be relying heavily upon junior pitcher Sara Groenewegen, who has been both a dominant force and resilient rock for the Gophers as their reliable #1 starter. Unsure what I mean? In the Big Ten Tournament, Sara pitched 24 innings over 3 games in only 2 days.
Yea. That's insane. She is 30-5 with a 1.87 ERA. She has pitched 217 2/3 innings this season, which is only 5th most among any pitcher in the NCAA tournament (no big deal).
How To Watch
- Watch the Gophers live tonight and through the rest of the weekend on Pac-12.com.
Friday, May 20
Game 1: #15/19 Minnesota (41-12) vs. North Dakota State (38-13), 6:30 p.m. CT
Game 2: #12/14 Washington (36-13) vs. Weber State (37-17), 9 p.m. CT
Saturday, May 21
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m. CT
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 5:30 p.m. CT
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m. CT
Sunday, May 22
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 2 p.m. CT
Game 7 (if necessary): Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 4:30 p.m. CT
Note: The winner of the regional in Seattle will move on to a Super Regional against the winner of the regional being hosted by Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.