Baseball

Subhead: 
Ben Meyer has established himself as Minnesota’s best starter this season.
Publish Date: 
Wed, 04/30/2014
AP Article: 
Not AP Article
Reporter: 

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.

Story Attributes
Breaking News: 
Not Breaking News
Developing Story: 
Not developing story
Front Page Feature: 
Not Front Page Feature
Section Feature: 
Not Section Feature
Weekend Sports: 
Not Weekend Sports
MPR Story: 
Not MPR story
Primary Content: 
Publish Date: 
Tue, 04/29/2014
AP Article: 
Not AP Article
Reporter: 

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.

Story Attributes
Breaking News: 
Not Breaking News
Developing Story: 
Not developing story
Front Page Feature: 
Not Front Page Feature
Section Feature: 
Not Section Feature
Weekend Sports: 
Not Weekend Sports
MPR Story: 
Not MPR story
Subhead: 
The Foundation for Minnesota Baseball purchased lights for the new stadium.
Publish Date: 
Tue, 04/29/2014
AP Article: 
Not AP Article
Reporter: 

The University of Minnesota’s new Siebert Field, which opened last year, lit up the sky for the first time in the stadium’s history Friday night as the Gophers baseball team took on Penn State.

The Foundation for Minnesota Baseball, headed by Chairman Dr. Dan Courneya, raised $500,000 for the stadium’s new lights. Courneya and several others were honored before Friday’s game.

Story Attributes
Breaking News: 
Not Breaking News
Developing Story: 
Not developing story
Front Page Feature: 
Not Front Page Feature
Section Feature: 
Section Feature
Weekend Sports: 
Not Weekend Sports
MPR Story: 
Not MPR story
Primary Content: 
Subhead: 
The Gophers got a strong effort from all three of their starting pitchers.
Publish Date: 
Mon, 04/28/2014
AP Article: 
Not AP Article
Reporter: 

Minnesota’s starting pitchers shined in their first weekend under the lights at new Siebert Field.

The Gophers used three stellar performances from Alec Crawford, Ben Meyer and Neal Kunik en route to a crucial series sweep over Penn State.

Minnesota played its first night game in Siebert Field history Friday, and Crawford led the Gophers to a 2-1 victory, pitching eight innings of one-run ball while setting a career-high with nine strikeouts.

Story Attributes
Breaking News: 
Not Breaking News
Developing Story: 
Not developing story
Front Page Feature: 
Not Front Page Feature
Section Feature: 
Not Section Feature
Weekend Sports: 
Not Weekend Sports
MPR Story: 
Not MPR story
Primary Content: 
Subhead: 
Minnesota’s baseball team won’t make up its midweek game with Hamline.
Publish Date: 
Thu, 04/24/2014
AP Article: 
Not AP Article
Reporter: 

April showers forced the postponement of Gophers baseball and softball games Wednesday.

Minnesota’s baseball team was scheduled to take on Hamline at Siebert Field, and its softball team was scheduled to play a doubleheader against North Dakota at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

The Gophers baseball team has postponed multiple games this season. Minnesota made up the postponed game against North Dakota State but did not make up its postponed game against St. John’s.

Story Attributes
Breaking News: 
Not Breaking News
Developing Story: 
Not developing story
Front Page Feature: 
Not Front Page Feature
Section Feature: 
Not Section Feature
Weekend Sports: 
Not Weekend Sports
MPR Story: 
Not MPR story
Subhead: 
The Gophers have sustained injuries to numerous key players this season.
Publish Date: 
Wed, 04/23/2014
AP Article: 
Not AP Article
Reporter: 

Matt Halloran, Dan Motl, Ty McDevitt, Austin Athmann, Dan Olinger, to name a few — and now, starting shortstop Michael Handel.

Injuries have ravaged the Gophers baseball team’s roster this season. During Saturday’s game, Handel pulled his hamstring, becoming the latest addition to the seemingly never-ending list of injured players.

Though some players have returned from their early-season ailments, the team has spent most of the year working around the slew of injuries its players have faced.

Story Attributes
Breaking News: 
Not Breaking News
Developing Story: 
Not developing story
Front Page Feature: 
Not Front Page Feature
Section Feature: 
Not Section Feature
Weekend Sports: 
Not Weekend Sports
MPR Story: 
Not MPR story
Primary Content: 
Subhead: 
The Gophers gave up six runs in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon.
Publish Date: 
Mon, 04/21/2014
AP Article: 
Not AP Article
Reporter: 

The Gophers appeared on track for a crucial series victory over Iowa on Sunday until an ugly inning threw them off course.

Minnesota won 4-3 in the first game Friday and dropped the second game 11-5 Saturday afternoon.

That left the rubber match on Sunday.

Minnesota led 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning, and then its bullpen imploded. The Gophers gave up six runs and eventually fell 7-6 at the hands of the Hawkeyes.

Story Attributes
Breaking News: 
Not Breaking News
Developing Story: 
Not developing story
Front Page Feature: 
Not Front Page Feature
Section Feature: 
Not Section Feature
Weekend Sports: 
Not Weekend Sports
MPR Story: 
Not MPR story
Subhead: 
Austin Athmann missed more than a month of action with an injury.
Publish Date: 
Thu, 04/17/2014
AP Article: 
Not AP Article
Reporter: 

There wasn’t any question of who would start for the Gophers behind the plate heading into this season.

Minnesota senior Matt Halloran was supposed to be the team’s primary catcher. That was the plan, at least.

Halloran had an arm injury that flared up during the first game of the season, and he hasn’t caught a game since.

As a result, the position has been a revolving door of sorts for the Gophers.

Story Attributes
Breaking News: 
Not Breaking News
Developing Story: 
Not developing story
Front Page Feature: 
Not Front Page Feature
Section Feature: 
Not Section Feature
Weekend Sports: 
Not Weekend Sports
MPR Story: 
Not MPR story
Primary Content: 
Subhead: 
Dan Olinger drove in two runs with a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning.
Publish Date: 
Wed, 04/16/2014
AP Article: 
Not AP Article
Reporter: 

Gophers senior Dan Olinger saw only one pitch during Tuesday’s game.

But that pitch made all the difference in Minnesota’s 5-3 victory over North Dakota State.

Olinger hit a pinch-hit, two-run single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game.

“Jake Bergren on second base had the pitch,” Olinger said. “He had the signs, so he called it and told me what was coming, and I was just trying to hit a fastball and … drive in some runs.”

Story Attributes
Breaking News: 
Not Breaking News
Developing Story: 
Not developing story
Front Page Feature: 
Not Front Page Feature
Section Feature: 
Not Section Feature
Weekend Sports: 
Not Weekend Sports
MPR Story: 
Not MPR story
Primary Content: 
Subhead: 
Tyler Oakes will face off with his father, Todd Oakes, on Wednesday.
Publish Date: 
Mon, 04/14/2014
AP Article: 
Not AP Article
Reporter: 

Minnesota’s game against North Dakota State on Tuesday will double as a family reunion for Todd and Tyler Oakes.

Both pitching coaches, Todd Oakes will post up in Minnesota’s dugout, and Tyler, his oldest son, will be in North Dakota State’s.

Tyler, who pitched for Minnesota from 2006-09, served as a pitching coach for two years at South Dakota State and then as a volunteer pitching coach at Minnesota before taking his current job.

Story Attributes
Breaking News: 
Not Breaking News
Developing Story: 
Not developing story
Front Page Feature: 
Not Front Page Feature
Section Feature: 
Section Feature
Weekend Sports: 
Not Weekend Sports
MPR Story: 
Not MPR story
Primary Content: 
Minnesota Daily Serving the University of Minnesota Community since 1900