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Gophers pitcher Drew Ghelfi was taken late in the 2013 MLB draft.
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Wed, 06/19/2013
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Drew Ghelfi was playing catch in the front yard with his father June 8 as he’d done many times before.

As the seconds crawled by with each exchange, the mindless activity gave Ghelfi clarity amid the stress of the afternoon.

Then the call came.

“I was trying to keep my mind off of it all — then my mom came running out of the house and started screaming and jumping around,” Ghelfi said. “I went and grabbed my phone.”

It was the Milwaukee Brewers on the other end. Drew Ghelfi, at last, was a professional baseball player.

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Gophers pitcher Drew Ghelfi was taken late in the 2013 MLB draft.
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Ten Gophers players are playing in the Northwoods League this summer.
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Wed, 06/12/2013
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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.

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Ten Gophers players are playing in the Northwoods League this summer.
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Former Gophers pitchers Tom Windle and DJ Snelten were drafted by rival MLB organizations.
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Wed, 06/12/2013
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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.

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Former Gophers pitchers Tom Windle and DJ Snelten were drafted by rival MLB organizations.
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Two top Minnesota players signed with Nebraska, but they could go pro after the MLB draft.
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Tue, 06/04/2013
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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.

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Two top Minnesota players signed with Nebraska, but they could go pro after the MLB draft.
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D.J. Snelten will likely be picked in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft.
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Wed, 06/05/2013
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DJ Snelten admits he has flown under the radar for most of his baseball career.

This season was no different. The junior lefty enjoyed a successful spring as the Gophers’ No. 2 starter, while ace Tom Windle dominated the headlines.

Both pitchers have attracted attention from scouts in the weeks leading up to the 2013 Major League Baseball draft June 6-8.

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D.J. Snelten will likely be picked in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft.
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The conference achieved its highest RPI this season since 1999.
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Tue, 05/28/2013
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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.

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The conference achieved its highest RPI this season since 1999.
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Wed, 05/29/2013
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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 for the conference.

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Junior Alec Crawford allowed one run in 6.2 innings after a rocky start, and Minnesota beat Illinois 3-1 to avoid elimination in the Big Ten tournament.
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Fri, 05/24/2013
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Junior Alec Crawford threw 6.2 innings of one-run ball after a rough start, and the Gophers kept their season alive Friday with a 3-1 victory over Illinois in the Big Ten tournament at Target Field.

Minnesota (32-21) still needs to win four games in three days, including a second game Friday against Nebraska, to win the tournament. A tournament championship would give the Gophers an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, but a loss would likely end their season.

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Junior Alec Crawford allowed only one run in 6.2 innings after a rocky start, helping Minnesota beat Illinois 3-1 and avoid elimination in the Big Ten tournament.
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Minnesota must now win five games in three days to claim the tournament.
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Thu, 05/23/2013
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The Gophers’ path to a Big Ten tournament title got much tougher Thursday night after a 4-2 loss to top-seeded Indiana at Target Field.

The Hoosiers scored three runs on three hard-hit doubles and a walk in the first inning off Minnesota starter DJ Snelten.

“We got behind the eight ball a little bit there in the first inning,” Gophers head coach John Anderson said. “We were fighting uphill the rest of the ballgame.”

Snelten gained control over his last five innings, striking out five while allowing four hits and one unearned run.

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Minnesota must now win five games in three days to claim the tournament.
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Andy Henkemeyer provided the game-tying and game-winning hits for a Gophers team that likely needs to win the tournament to keep its season alive.
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Wed, 05/22/2013
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Andy Henkemeyer’s bases-loaded walk-off line drive down the right-field line gave the Gophers a 3-2 victory over Illinois in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.

The win kept the Gophers in the winner’s bracket, giving them a much shorter path through a tournament they likely need to win to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament.

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Andy Henkemeyer provided the game-tying and game-winning hits for a Gophers team that likely needs to win the tournament to keep its season alive.
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