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.”
Minnesota has struggled at the plate in recent years, and the Gophers are making strides to address that issue this season.
So far, so good.
Minnesota racked up 20 runs in a series sweep against Northern Illinois this weekend in Glendale, Ariz.
“We’ve struggled the last couple years hitting. We know that. Everyone knows that,” infielder Mark Tatera said. “So to put up 20 runs [this weekend] was great. I think that’s just a tribute to all the hard work we’ve put in.”