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Gophers' send-off to Women's College World Series on Tuesday

Gophers open as 7th seed against No. 2 UCLA on Thursday in OKC

May 26, 2019 - 8:00 am

The Gopher women's softball teams has one more chance to celebrate with their fans before heading off to Oklahoma City and the College World Series.

They'll be front and center Tuesday for a send-off at the University of Minnesota's Athletes Village.

The send-off starts at 10:45 a.m., with the team boarding a bus for MSP airport before noon.

Fans will be able to get player autographs from the Gopher players, who are preparing to face UCLA in Thursday's opener.

The Gophers (46-12) come into the Women's College World Series as the number seven seed.

Here is the schedule for the opening round, all times CDT:

          Game 1: No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 Arizona, 11 a.m
          Game 2: No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 7 Minnesota, 1:30 p.m. 
          Game 3: No. 5 Florida vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State, 6 p.m.
          Game 4: No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Alabama, 8:30 p.m. 

All games of the Women's College World Series are broadcast on ESPN or ESPN 2.

The Bruins are 51-6 after sweeping James Madison in their super-regional over the weekend.

It's the fifth straight appearance in the Women's College World Series for UCLA, which won seven of the first 11 women's softball national titles dating back to the first-ever tournament in 1982.

The Bruins have 12 national titles overall, their last coming in 2010.

On Saturday, Amber Fiser allowed three hits and struck out four to pick up her 31st win and Allie Arneson homered in the fifth inning for the only run the Gophers would need.

Fiser was able to get out of big trouble in the fifth, retiring the side after the Tigers put runners on second and third.

Hope Brander had two hits and made the game's final putout at first base, with the Gophers mobbing Fiser near the mound in front of a sell-out crowd of nearly 2,000 on the U-of-M campus.

"We bonded together, we came together instead of pulling apart," said second year Gopher coach Jamie Trachsell following a season in which injuries and other factors left the team without some of their best players from a year ago.

"I just think when you're over-achieving, you just keep winning and proving people wrong," she said.


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