Before his team took the field Wednesday evening, head coach John Anderson told the Gophers they needed a clean game.
The team delivered, throwing its second shutout of the season while recording no errors in an 11-0 victory.
“It was a crisper game,” Anderson said. “I thought we attacked the strike zone and did a better job with our breaking ball tonight.”
Hits came in bunches early against a Carleton squad that could not slow down its Division I opponent. Within three innings, the Gophers (11-17) had a double-digit lead.
When the Gophers return home to Siebert Field in the coming week, they might have to add a warning sign to the facility’s outfield
The Gophers have already hit more home runs this year than in either of their first two seasons at Siebert Field. And this season, their opponents are hitting more balls out of the park, too.
Collegiate baseball programs have moved from using raised-seam to flat-seam balls this year, which has led to a large home run increase across the board in Division I baseball.
With a verbal commitment to play baseball at the University of Minnesota already established, Justin Gominsky received a phone call from head coach John Anderson before his senior year of high school.
Anderson alerted Gominsky that his current GPA was not up to par with University standards, and he would have to improve it to gain acceptance.
For a guy who put baseball over everything, the academic challenge was tough. However, Gominsky got his grades up and attended Minnesota — a move that ultimately changed his life.
In two games over the weekend, the Gophers’ pitching problem seemed like it had been resolved.
Senior Ben Meyer had his best outing of the season on Friday in an 8-3 victory over Northwestern, coming two outs shy of a complete game.
Pitching wasn’t the team’s problem on Saturday either, as the Gophers allowed only two runs in 13 innings in their 2-1 loss.
But on Sunday, Minnesota’s pitching staff came unglued and allowed 20 hits and 19 runs in a loss. The Wildcats scored runs in all but one inning of the game.
Michael Handel grew up in Sun Prairie, Wis., 30 minutes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He was raised a Badgers fan, and his father, Randy, even worked in the university’s athletics department.
But the Badgers haven’t had a varsity baseball team since 1991, so Handel was forced to alter his allegiance to continue playing baseball.
Third baseman Tony Skjefte looked right at home in Minnesota’s first series of the year at Siebert Field over the weekend.
The senior went off for six runs batted in (RBIs). But Skjefte’s performance wasn’t enough for Minnesota to topple Northwestern, which won two of three games.
The Gophers won Friday’s contest 8-3 before losing 2-1 in extra innings on Saturday and getting pummeled 19-7 Sunday.