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.”
The end of the Gophers baseball season means the beginning of a new season for many players: summer ball.
And for 10 Gophers, this summer will be spent competing in the Midwest-based Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league featuring 16 teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan and Ontario, Canada.
Ten Gophers players are playing in the Northwoods League this summer.
Tom Windle and DJ Snelten’s friendship is about to tread into unmarked waters.
The two former Gophers pitchers have become best friends in their last three years in college. Now — after the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft last week — the two will have to learn how to compete as bitter rivals.
Former Gophers pitchers Tom Windle and DJ Snelten were drafted by rival MLB organizations.
Tyus Jones, Rashad Vaughn and Reid Travis have dominated recent headlines as the “Big Three” basketball recruits from Minnesota. But on the diamond, colleges and scouts have flocked to a less well-known trio of local prospects.
Ryan Boldt, Logan Shore and Max Knutson are the best high school baseball prospects in Minnesota, and the Gophers didn’t ink any of them to a scholarship.
Boldt and Knutson committed to play at Nebraska, and Shore committed to Florida.
Two top Minnesota players signed with Nebraska, but they could go pro after the MLB draft.
Michigan head coach Erik Bakich gave a simple response when asked how to increase interest in Big Ten baseball at last week’s conference tournament at Target Field.
“Winning and weather,” he said. “The two W’s bring better attendance.”
While no one can control the weather, the winning is well on its way.
The Big Ten finished the 2013 regular season with a .521 ratings percentage index, according to Boyd’s World -- good for sixth in the nation. It’s the highest RPI the conference has achieved since 1999.
The conference achieved its highest RPI this season since 1999.