Since the season began nearly a month ago, the Gophers baseball team has been on the go nonstop.
A typical week has Minnesota playing Friday, Saturday and Sunday, before arriving back in the Twin Cities during the early hours of Monday morning. Then the team practices Tuesday and Wednesday and heads back on the road Thursday.
If that’s not enough, players have class and schoolwork to manage.
The Gophers dropped two of three games in the weather-shortened Chanticleer Classic over the weekend.
Minnesota was scheduled to play four games, but impending weather issues in Myrtle Beach, S.C., forced a schedule change.
The Gophers lost to Elon 5-2 on Saturday in the first game of the series. They came back and beat Coastal Carolina 5-2 in the second game of the Saturday doubleheader before falling 4-1 to UNC Greensboro on Sunday afternoon.
Gophers head coach John Anderson has always believed that the leader of a team has to be the team itself.
That was on display this past summer, as members of the baseball team took the initiative to change the team’s offseason lifting routine.
“We tried to come together and change the atmosphere in the weight room,” sophomore pitcher Lance Thonvold said. “In previous years, not that we hadn’t been weightlifting, but it wasn’t exactly something we put a lot of focus toward.”
Gophers head baseball coach John Anderson was on the brink of quitting his job.
Mired in stagnancy and unsure of his coaching potential, Anderson questioned himself and questioned his profession.
He needed some answers.
And then he met sports psychologist Rick Aberman.
“I just wanted Rick to come here and make my guys play better,” Anderson said. “He said, ‘Wait a minute, we’re going to start with you.’ I’m not sure if I’d have lasted this long in the profession if I hadn’t met him.”