Outfielder Toby Hanson started all 57 games last season as a junior. He was one of the most influential batters for the Gophers, topping Minnesota's charts with 57 RBIs and 75 hits. The total was good for a .319 batting average. But this year, a wrist injury and surgery have gotten in the way.
No. 20 Minnesota (29-12, 11-3 Big Ten) took the victory 5-0 against Concordia St. Paul (20-13) in a game that saw seven different Gophers pitchers.
No. 21 Minnesota (28-12, 11-3 Big Ten) won two of the three games in the series against Ohio State (28-13, 9-6 Big Ten) in Columbus, Ohio last weekend. Minnesota lost the third and final game 6-5, after winning the second game 2-1 and the first 11-1.
Amid a time of cancelations and postponements, the Gophers faced South Dakota State (10-23) for the second time of the season in a midweek game, a contest that was originally scheduled for April 17.
Cole McDevitt was voted the top catcher in the Big Ten last year when he made the All-Big Ten First Team as a sophomore. McDevitt was the only position player to make the team for Minnesota after a breakout season.
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.