ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For the second consecutive season, the University of Minnesota softball team takes home the Big Ten Tournament championship.
The top-ranked Gophers beat Ohio State 6-0 in the finals on Saturday. Senior Sydney Dwyer gave the Gophers the lead with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Dwyer had two home runs in the semifinals against Illinois, including the walk-off that sent the Gophers to the title game. Senior pitcher Sara Groenewegen struck out 12 batters and allowed just two hits in a complete game shutout.
The Gophers improved to 54-3 overall this season and will likely host a regional in the NCAA tournament. The 64-team field will be announced Sunday night.
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