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Tyler Hanson got the start on the mound and didn't allow a single run.
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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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The Foundation for Minnesota Baseball purchased lights for the new stadium.
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Tue, 04/29/2014
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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.

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The Gophers got a strong effort from all three of their starting pitchers.
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Mon, 04/28/2014
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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.

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Minnesota’s baseball team won’t make up its midweek game with Hamline.
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Thu, 04/24/2014
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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.

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