The Gophers baseball team played one final game at Siebert Field on Tuesday night, and the weather almost wiped out the chance to play the 41-year-old park’s final contest. Plans have been laid for a new on-campus field to replace the current facility.
Vicious winds and a thunderstorm warning threatened and affected play Tuesday.
An announced attendance of 1,421 that included fans, alumni and other University of Minnesota athletes packed into Siebert Field’s tiny grandstand to watch the Gophers pummel St. Thomas, 9-2.
Andy Henkemeyer hit a grand slam, and the Gophers coasted to an easy win.
Siebert Field hasn’t seen much action lately. After Tuesday, it won’t see any at all.
The 41-year-old baseball stadium has steadily deteriorated over the last several years to the point where University officials deemed it nearly unplayable.
But intertwined in its deficiencies is a mystique unique to Siebert Field. Minnesota will experience that magic for the last time Tuesday night. The Gophers will host Division III opponent St. Thomas for what the athletics department is calling the “Final Pitch” at Siebert Field.
Minnesota will play its last game at the 41-year-old field Tuesday.
It was the little things that cost Minnesota two of three games against Michigan State last weekend.
A play here, a pitch there, an out there.
It doesn’t help when multiple starting position players are out of the lineup with injuries, which has been the case all season for the Gophers.
Minnesota head coach John Anderson has been shuffling lineups for the last several weeks, and he has had to work around injuries to right fielder Trip Schultz, center fielder Troy Larson and shortstop Michael Handel.
Injuries have caught up to Minnesota in recent weeks.
Minnesota split a doubleheader Saturday with Michigan State and fell in extra innings Sunday.