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Matt Halloran and Austin Athmann both suffered injuries last season.
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Thu, 02/26/2015
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Last season, the Gophers couldn’t seem to get any luck behind the plate.

Redshirt senior catcher Matt Halloran, who’s expected to be the team’s regular backstop, only caught one game because of an arm injury.

As a result, Austin Athmann was put into the lineup as a freshman. But injuries took him out for large stretches, too.

Now, both are back to form a one-two punch behind home plate.

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Minnesota was outscored 31-2 in the four-game series at Texas.
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Mon, 02/23/2015
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Minnesota lost all four games in its series against Texas over the weekend, dropping to 0-7 on the season.

And the weekend before wasn’t any better.

The Gophers were outscored 50-7 in their two series against two of the ranked teams from the Lone Star State, making for the program’s worst start since 2002 when Minnesota also opened 0-7.

“We’re definitely disappointed, but we’re not going to get down on ourselves,” sophomore Matt Fiedler said. “We know that these are the top teams in the country.”

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The two coaches have more than 3,000 victories between them.
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Thu, 02/19/2015
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When the Gophers and Longhorns swap lineup cards by home plate this weekend in Austin, Texas, two coaches with over 3,000 combined college wins will shake hands.

Minnesota head coach John Anderson and Texas head coach Augie Garrido have spent almost 80 combined years roaming college dugouts, and this weekend, the two skippers will reunite on the field again.

“It’s a great challenge,” Anderson said. “It’s fun to be able to coach against someone who’s obviously had the success he’s had.”

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A ninth-inning Houston run sealed the sweep for the Cougars.
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Mon, 02/16/2015
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In their opening series, it took three days for the Gophers to start getting around the bases.

Unfortunately for the Gophers, even a late rally to tie the game on Sunday wasn’t enough for them to stave off a sweep.

The team’s offense struggled in 9-1 and 5-0 losses to the Cougars on Friday and Saturday. The game was closer until the final inning on Sunday, but the Gophers still lost 5-4.

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Three of the team’s ERA leaders will make up the starting rotation.
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Thu, 02/12/2015
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With nine Big Ten championships under his belt, Minnesota head coach John Anderson knows how to win at the college level.

And he says the winning formula isn’t all that complicated.

“I don’t think you can have a championship team or a real competitive team unless you can pitch,” Anderson said. “It starts on the mound.”

A trio of familiar faces will start on the mound for opening weekend — ones who combined for nearly 187 innings pitched with the team last year.

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Scott Matyas has been named Minnesota’s interim pitching coach.
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Wed, 02/04/2015
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A 21-day hospital visit for the return of acute myeloid leukemia in December had pitching coach Todd Oakes concerned about more than just baseball at practice last Tuesday.

He addressed the team for the first time since his hospital visit, thanking the staff and players for their endless support throughout his battle with AML.

“The doctors and my family were worried whether I’d ever walk out of the hospital room,” Oakes said.

With a donor lymphocyte infusion from his brother, Oakes’ leukemia is now in remission for the second time.

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The 21-year-old Eden Prairie native has turned his dream into a daily ritual.
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Wed, 07/16/2014
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Growing up, Lance Thonvold often played catch in his backyard with his father.

The ball would zip back and forth, and so too would the chatter and offhanded conjectures of what it would be like to play baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

“We always talked about how it’d be really cool if I had the chance to play in the Cape Cod league,” he said.

This summer, the rising Gophers junior right-hander is fulfilling the dream.

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Alec Crawford, who was drafted by the Colorado Rockies, was the only player on the Gophers' roster to be drafted.
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Wed, 06/11/2014
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Alec Crawford waited through 24 full rounds of Major League Baseball’s 2014 First-Year Player Draft before getting the good news he was waiting for.

In the 25th round, Crawford’s moment came. The senior starting pitcher was drafted 743rd overall by the Colorado Rockies, which left him feeling “excited, pumped, thankful [and] blessed,” he said.

“Being able to continue to play the sport I love, and getting a chance at trying to make it to [Major League Baseball] and playing at the highest level of competition, it’s unreal.”

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Many Gophers coaches use Twitter to promote their team, build their personal brand and interact with their fans.
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Wed, 06/11/2014
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Social media isn’t just popular among University of Minnesota students.

Some Gophers coaches are taking to Twitter to promote their team, build their personal brand and interact with their fans, among other things.

The Minnesota Daily talked to four Gophers head coaches to discuss how they use Twitter and how it impacts their teams.

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Minnesota exited the Big Ten tournament with two consecutive losses.
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Wed, 05/28/2014
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A year ago, the Gophers claimed both the Big Ten’s second-best team ERA and the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament.

Minnesota lost its two top starting pitchers to the Major League Baseball draft last June, and the team battled through injuries, but it still grabbed this year’s No. 4 seed for the second consecutive season.

“Nobody really, I felt like, understood we had a lot coming back,” senior pitcher Alec Crawford said. “I felt like as a team we did really well from that standpoint.”

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