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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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The Gophers had nine hits in the game but couldn’t manage timely hits.
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Thu, 05/08/2014
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A botched squeeze bunt or one too many pop-ups — timely hitting wasn’t Minnesota’s thing Wednesday night.

The Gophers managed nine hits but squandered key scoring opportunities en route to a 3-2 loss to Concordia-Moorhead.

Minnesota thumped Augsburg 10-0 on Tuesday night, but Wednesday, the Gophers stranded 12 runners, including a pair in the bottom of the ninth
inning.

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Tyler Hanson got the start on the mound and didn't allow a single run.
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Wed, 05/07/2014
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The last time the Gophers met Augsburg, their offense struggled a bit.

Minnesota’s bats mustered just three hits as the Gophers squeaked out a 1-0 win over the Auggies on April 2.

It was a different story Tuesday night.

The Gophers pounded home 10 runs on the strength of 14 hits from nine different players as they breezed by Augsburg 10-0 at Siebert Field.

Center fielder Dan Motl said the outburst showed just how far Minnesota’s offense has come in the last month.

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Gophers softball and baseball players discuss their choices of walk-up songs.
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Tue, 05/06/2014
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When the song “Enter Sandman” blared on the loud speakers at Yankee Stadium, everyone knew what was coming. Mariano Rivera was about to take the mound to close out the game.

Though current players on the Gophers baseball and softball teams may never reach the future Hall of Fame closer’s level of superstardom, a simple walk-up tune is a time when they can showcase their personality — even if it’s only for a few seconds.

Softball

Player: Tyler Walker

Song: "Do My Thang"

Artist: Miley Cyrus

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Heisman Trophy winner and closer Jameis Winston did not play.
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Mon, 05/05/2014
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Florida State was ranked sixth in the nation as it entered its series with Minnesota, and the Gophers found out why firsthand over the weekend.

The Gophers fell in all three games in Tallahassee, Fla., losing a Saturday doubleheader 5-4 and 3-2, then dropping the final game 7-1 on Sunday.

Minnesota second baseman Connor Schaefbauer said this weekend served as a good opportunity for his team to play against a team getting national attention.

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Thu, 05/01/2014
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The Gophers softball team’s final home games of the season were canceled due to inclement weather.

Minnesota was scheduled to play a doubleheader with North Dakota State on Wednesday night. The Gophers cancelled a midweek doubleheader with North Dakota last week, too.

Minnesota will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., this weekend for a three-game series with Purdue to wrap up regular-season play before heading to Evanston, Ill., the following weekend for the Big Ten tournament.

Soggy Siebert Field

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Twins expat Jeannie Campion fell in love with the Gophers baseball team 20 years ago.
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Wed, 04/30/2014
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Storm clouds hovered above Siebert Field during Saturday night’s baseball game between Minnesota and Penn State.

With their team up 12-0 and rain on the way, Gophers fans wandered toward the exits.

Jeannie Campion didn’t move.

A few minutes later, torrents of rain fell from the sky, drenching Campion and the smattering of fans that stayed in the stands.

She remained in her bleacher seat near the first-base dugout for about 15 minutes before the rain was too much for even her to bear, and she instead opted to watch from afar.

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Ben Meyer has established himself as Minnesota’s best starter this season.
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Wed, 04/30/2014
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Ben Meyer rocked back into his windup Saturday afternoon at Siebert Field and fired a fastball into the strike zone.

Swing. Miss.

Meyer pitched eight innings, didn’t allow a run and struck out a career-high eight batters in one of the best outings of his collegiate career.

Meyer’s comfort on the mound was evident, as it should have been. He was born to do this.

He’s not the first to play college baseball and won’t be the last. His father and grandfather were collegiate pitchers, and soon his younger brother will be, too.

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Tue, 04/29/2014
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I’ve covered almost every Gophers sports team in some capacity during my tenure at the Minnesota Daily.

In the span of the last three and a half years, my job has provided me a gateway into the approaches and philosophies of several different coaches at the University. Some I know better than others.

Though my own athletics career ended a few years back, if it was still going on today, there are a few coaches I’d really like to play for.

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