Gopher softball blanks NDSU in Minneapolis Regional opener, faces Georgia Saturday

The Gophers are two wins from reaching – and hosting – the Super Regionals.
Author:
Publish date:

Amber Fiser struck out 12 and allowed just three hits in a complete game shutout to lead the Gopher softball team to a 3-0 victory over North Dakota State Friday night. 

It was the second game of the opening round of the Minneapolis Regional of the NCAA softball tournament, with Georgia defeating Drake 6-4 in eight innings in the first game. 

Minnesota and Georgia meet in the winner's bracket at 3 p.m. Saturday. 

If the Gophers win, they'll advance to the championship round and play whoever is still alive at 3 p.m. Sunday. If they lose, they'll play the winner of Drake versus NDSU at 8 p.m. Saturday. 

  • Game 1: Georgia 6, Drake 4
  • Game 2: Gophers 3, NDSU 0
  • Game 3: Gophers vs. Georgia, 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Game 4: Drake vs. NDSU , 5:30 p.m. Saturday (elimination game)
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m. Saturday (elimination game)
  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Game 7 (if necessary): Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Unfortunately, the weather on Sunday is going to be brutal, with temps struggling to reach 40 degrees and a healthy amount of rain possible in the Twin Cities. 

If the Gophers win the Minneapolis Regional they will host next week's Super Regional against the winner of the Baton Rouge Regional, which features LSU, Texas Tech, Monmouth and Louisiana Tech. 

Super Regionals are a best-of-three, with the winner advancing to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. 

Next Up

Adam Thielen

Vikings place Adam Thielen on COVID-19/reserve list

Thielen is coming off a two-touchdown game against the Cowboys.

MCF Oak Park Heights

COVID-positive inmate at Oak Park Heights prison dies

He becomes the fourth prison inmate to die from the virus.

Screen Shot 2020-11-23 at 1.08.19 PM

2-ton smoker stolen from Twin Cities chef Thomas Boemer

Boemer is the chef behind restaurants including the popular Revival.

Governor Tim Walz

Walz says relief package is coming for Minnesota small businesses

Walz is prepared to call a special session and pass the package immediately.

Governor Tim Walz

Watch live: Gov. Tim Walz COVID-19 press conference Monday

Walz will be introducing a new app that helps Minnesotans track COVID-19 exposures.

Related

Amber Fiser

Gophers stomp Georgia to reach college softball's sweet 16

It's the second trip to the Super Regional round in program history.

Screen Shot 2019-05-12 at 8.19.18 PM

Gophers land No. 7 national seed, will host softball tourney regional

Minnesota opens tournament play Friday night against NDSU.

Gopher softball

How the Gophers can reach a Super Regional on Monday

Sunday's action in Minneapolis was suspended because of rain.

Amber Fiser

After storm, Gophers rally falls short at Women's College World Series

It's the first appearance in the Women's College World Series for the Gophers.

Screen Shot 2019-05-18 at 5.50.07 PM

Walk-off homer sends Gophers to regional championship

Hope Brandner crushed the walk-off homer for the Gophers.

Gopher softball

How to watch Gophers play LSU in the NCAA Super 16

The games at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis are sold out.

Screen Shot 2019-05-24 at 7.20.27 PM

Gophers top LSU, move within 1 win of College World Series

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Saturday afternoon.

How to watch Gophers vs. Oregon State in NCAA Super Regional

Minnesota's regional games were only available via online streams.