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.”
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.
Player: Tyler Walker
Song: "Do My Thang"
Artist: Miley Cyrus
Heisman Trophy winner and closer Jameis Winston did not play.
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
Twins expat Jeannie Campion fell in love with the Gophers baseball team 20 years ago.