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The Gophers lost a close game to UNC-Greensboro on Sunday.
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Mon, 03/10/2014
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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.

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Austin Athmann is just a freshman but has stepped up after injuries.
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Thu, 03/06/2014
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Gophers senior Matt Halloran said he figured he’d start nearly every game behind the plate this season. But it didn’t exactly work out as planned.

Halloran started the first game of the season behind the plate, but an arm injury forced him out of the position.

Enter freshman Austin Athmann.

Athmann has started six of nine games behind the plate this season. He leads the team with a .381 batting average.

And he’s done it with very little time to mentally prepare himself for his new role.

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Minnesota’s starters gave up only four earned runs in 17.2 innings of work.
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Mon, 03/03/2014
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The Gophers gave up 24 runs last weekend, but this weekend, the team bounced back to win two of three games against Louisiana Tech.

Minnesota starting pitchers Alec Crawford, Jordan Jess and Ben Meyer gave up a combined four earned runs in 17.2 innings of work.

The Gophers split a doubleheader Saturday, winning the first game 4-2 in extra innings before losing the second game 3-2. Minnesota closed out the series with a 6-1 victory Sunday.

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Minnesota made the change to lift five days a week in the offseason.
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Thu, 02/27/2014
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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.”

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The University has adopted the use of sports psychologists in recent years.
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Wed, 02/26/2014
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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.”

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Minnesota allowed 24 runs in a series against Creighton over the weekend.
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Mon, 02/24/2014
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Minnesota, plagued by pitching struggles, dropped two of three games to Creighton over the weekend in Fort Myers, Fla.

“We have to pitch, and we have to play defense,” head coach John Anderson said. “We didn’t do those two things very well this weekend.”

The Gophers gave up 24 runs and committed four errors in three games.

Minnesota came back from a four-run deficit in Friday’s 10-5 win. It was the team’s only win of the series.

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Thu, 02/20/2014
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Mark Tatera is the only player on the Gophers baseball roster that has the letters “UT” by his name.

While many players on the roster play multiple positions, Tatera is the only one listed as a utility player.

“No matter where I’ve gone, I’ve never really had a position,” he said.

The junior played a combination of shortstop and catcher growing up and also spent time in center field.

As a freshman at Duke, Tatera caught and played third in the fall but was put at second in the spring season.

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The Gophers, who struggled at the plate last season, scored 20 runs.
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Mon, 02/17/2014
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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.”

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The Gophers will not play a game at Siebert Field until mid-March.
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Thu, 02/13/2014
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With snow covering the ground in Minneapolis and the Metrodome in the midst of being torn down, the Gophers baseball team will head south this weekend to kick off its season.

For the next five weekends after that, they’ll commute back and forth between Minnesota and warm-weather climates suitable for baseball this time of year.

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J.T. Bruett serves as the director of compliance at the University.
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Wed, 01/29/2014
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The University of Minnesota athletics department hasn’t logged a major NCAA infraction since the early 2000s. And that’s good news for current Director of Athletic Compliance J.T. Bruett.

Bruett, a former Gophers baseball player who played professionally, leads the University’s effort to stay in compliance with NCAA and Big Ten rules.

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