Baseball

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Wed, 04/01/2015
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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.

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Minnesota has had to tinker with its starting rotation this season.
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Tue, 03/31/2015
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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.

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Michael Handel is on the baseball team, and his dad works in the athletics dept.
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Tue, 03/31/2015
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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.

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All five pitchers in Sunday’s game gave up at least two earned runs.
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Mon, 03/30/2015
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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.

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Thu, 03/26/2015
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As March nears its end, the weather is not cooperating with the Gophers.

One day after postponing its home opener against Augsburg, the team announced the game would be canceled on Wednesday because of weather conditions. No makeup date for the contest has been announced yet.

The Gophers home opener is now scheduled for Friday against the Northwestern Wildcats. It will be the Gophers’ second series in the Big Ten after being swept by Maryland in three games last weekend.

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Minnesota will play its first home game of the season on Wednesday.
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Wed, 03/25/2015
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When the Gophers officially moved to their new outdoor stadium — Siebert Field — in 2013, they had to make a few sacrifices.

One of them was giving up any chance of home games until late March.

For the second consecutive year, the Gophers opened their schedule with 20 road games, traveling up and down the country to play teams while waiting for Minnesota weather to warm up.

All that traveling can wear on a team.

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Tue, 03/24/2015
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The Gophers home opener will have to wait another day.

Minnesota’s first game at Siebert Field against Augsburg was postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday at 3 p.m., the team announced Monday afternoon.

The Gophers opened their season with 20 consecutive away games, waiting for the Minnesota weather to warm up before using their outdoor
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Head coach John Anderson said after the team’s game against Maryland on Sunday the team would likely be forced to practice inside for another week because of weather conditions.

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The Gophers will play at Siebert Field on Tuesday after 20 road games.
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Mon, 03/23/2015
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In their first series as a part of the Big Ten, Maryland showed it knows how to make an entrance.

The Gophers dropped all three games in Maryland — their first conference series of the season — losing in 5-1, 12-9 and 8-3 decisions.

“They just had the timely hitting,” senior third baseman Tony Skjefte said. “That’s really all it is. When they needed a big hit, they got it.”

One big inning doomed the Gophers in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

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The sophomore is an outfielder, pitcher and DH for the Gophers.
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Thu, 03/12/2015
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Head coach John Anderson has a phrase he says about first-year players.

“Well, they say the best thing about freshmen is when they become sophomores,” he said.

Anderson used the phrase to describe sophomore designated hitter, outfielder and pitcher Matt Fiedler, but the player might already be showing his best game.

Fiedler leads the Gophers with a .396 batting average after 12 games. He’s third on the team in ERA at 2.25.

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Dalton Sawyer threw seven innings on Sunday without allowing a hit.
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Mon, 03/09/2015
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After playing a game to remember against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, the Gophers’ weekend started off with a few moments to forget.

After arriving in Nebraska, their first game against Creighton was postponed. The next day, their game was delayed again due to field conditions.

And when it finally was time to head to the stadium, the team’s bus wouldn’t start, forcing the team to hike two miles to the stadium on foot.

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