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TJ Oakes is having the best year of his career and is leading the Big Ten in several major pitching categories.
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Thu, 05/03/2012
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TJ Oakes refuses to say he’s the best pitcher in the Big Ten.

He doesn’t have to. The numbers say it for him.

Oakes, the junior ace of Minnesota’s pitching staff, is tearing up the Big Ten and enjoying the finest year of his career.

In 11 starts, he’s 7-2 with a conference-best 1.51 ERA. He also tops the Big Ten in innings pitched (77.2) and strikeouts (64).

The 6-foot-5-inch, 225-pound righty was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 41st round of the 2011 MLB Draft last season but elected to return to the Gophers for the 2012 campaign.

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TJ Oakes is having the best year of his career and is leading the Big Ten in several major pitching categories.
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Andy Henkemeyer hit a grand slam, and the Gophers coasted to an easy win.
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Wed, 05/02/2012
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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.

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Andy Henkemeyer hit a grand slam, and the Gophers coasted to an easy win.
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Minnesota will play its last game at the 41-year-old field Tuesday.
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Tue, 05/01/2012
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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.

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Minnesota will play its last game at the 41-year-old field Tuesday.
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The Gophers lost in extra innings Sunday but won the series to improve to 26-20.
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Mon, 04/30/2012
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Paying customers were rewarded with some free baseball Sunday. It took 12 innings for Iowa to beat Minnesota 5-4.

Still, the Gophers took two of three from the Hawkeyes and improved to 9-6 in the Big Ten.

Every game essentially came down to the wire, with one run being the margin of victory in all three.

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The Gophers lost in extra innings Sunday but won the series to improve to 26-20.
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Minnesota took advantage of NDSU errors and its offense exploded in the eighth inning.
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Thu, 04/26/2012
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Things looked bleak for the Minnesota baseball team Wednesday against North Dakota State.

The Gophers played sloppy, executed poorly and struggled in the clutch all game long. As a result, they trailed 6-3 going into the eighth inning.

Then the unthinkable happened: A pair of catcher’s interference calls helped spark a seven-run rally and a monster 11-7 comeback victory in front of an NDSU-record 1,791 fans.

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Minnesota took advantage of NDSU errors and its offense exploded in the eighth inning.
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Injuries have caught up to Minnesota in recent weeks.
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Wed, 04/25/2012
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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.

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Injuries have caught up to Minnesota in recent weeks.
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Minnesota split a doubleheader Saturday with Michigan State and fell in extra innings Sunday.
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Mon, 04/23/2012
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The Gophers baseball team got a taste of its own medicine this weekend. It has won thanks to runs in its final at-bats four times this season.

On Saturday and Sunday, Minnesota (23-19) found out what it’s like to be on the other end of the celebration, as it dropped two of three games to Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.

Minnesota split Saturday’s doubleheader with a 3-2 loss and a 4-2 win, but fell to Michigan State 5-4 in Sunday’s series-deciding game.

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Minnesota split a doubleheader Saturday with Michigan State and fell in extra innings Sunday.
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The Gophers gritted out a 1-0 win Wednesday and have won five in a row.
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Thu, 04/19/2012
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The Gophers’ offense has been up and down this season, but one first-inning run was all it took for the Gophers Wednesday.

Minnesota (22-17) squeaked by Nebraska-Omaha 1-0 on the strength of its pitching and defense and completed a two-game sweep of the Mavericks.

Five pitchers, led by starter Ty McDevitt, combined to shutout UNO in the Gophers’ first five-pitcher shutout since 2003.

Kurt Schlangen scored the game’s only run on Mavericks shortstop Brady Hohl’s throwing error in the first inning. McDevitt and the bullpen did the rest.

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Third-grader Griffin Ruiter tends bats and balls for the Gophers baseball team.
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Wed, 04/18/2012
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At 8 years old, Griffin Ruiter has a full-time job and is a part of a Division I college baseball team.

Talk about having a leg up on your peers.

Griffin is the Gophers’ main bat boy. He’s shy but more focused than a lot of kids his age and performs important tasks to help the team.

He has his own locker in the clubhouse, dresses in uniform for every home contest and helps keep up the pace of play during games.

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Third-grader Griffin Ruiter tends bats and balls for the Gophers baseball team.
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The Gophers handled the Mavericks in game one of a two-game set.
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Wed, 04/18/2012
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The Gophers’ offense has come and gone all year but it showed up Tuesday.

Seven Minnesota players combined for 12 hits as the Gophers beat down Nebraska-Omaha, 8-4.

Minnesota nabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning and roughed up Mavericks’ pitchers in the game’s middle innings.

Center fielder Andy Henkemeyer was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, and second baseman Tony Skjefte was 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.

Henkemeyer, normally the No. 2 hitter, batted leadoff and said he was very comfortable with the role.

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