Minnesota (25-11, 9-2 Big Ten) won twice at Target Field before faltering in the first game of the season at its home stadium, Siebert Field. On the first day, the Gophers won 4-3, then they won 3-0 and on Sunday they couldn't get the sweep, losing 5-3.
Outfielder Alex Boxwell's senior season was getting off to a good start. He had a .357 average through the first eight games, with seven RBI for Minnesota.
With blizzard warnings and low temperatures in April, spring sports at Minnesota have to adjust.
The Gophers tallied 39 hits and 40 runs in two games on a return trip to West Lafayette, Indiana to face Purdue. Minnesota won 22-7 in the first game and 18-8 in the second.
As the cold weather provides postponements and cancellations on the Gophers' season thus far, newcomer Patrick Fredrickson has been heating up on the mound.
With less-than-ideal weather conditions canceling a Minnesota series earlier in the week, the team was forced to reschedule to West Lafayette, Indiana to play Penn State. The Gophers (21-10, 5-1 Big Ten) shook off the cold weather and completed a three-game sweep of Penn State (7-18, 1-8 Big Ten) at the neutral site.
Freshman guard Jamir Harris will leave the Gophers after one year with Minnesota, the team announced in a press release Friday.
Gophers shortstop Terrin Vavra has not been fully healthy in his collegiate career —until now. He has recovered from a back injury that left him on the sidelines for much of his freshman season, and he was not able to fully recover in his second year of college baseball. The result of him being healthy has been a .385 batting average in more than 100 at bats this year, which leads the team.
After they lost the first game 11-5, the team took the series against St. John's (13-9) by winning two in a row at U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
Head coach John Anderson said in 2016 Luke Pettersen was an in-betweener — a guy who would be very good at the Division II level, but possibly might not cut it at the Division I level. But now in his senior year, Pettersen has proved he can make it at the highest level in college baseball.