Amid a time of cancelations and postponements, the Gophers faced South Dakota State (10-23) for the second time of the season in a midweek game, a contest that was originally scheduled for April 17.
Cole McDevitt was voted the top catcher in the Big Ten last year when he made the All-Big Ten First Team as a sophomore. McDevitt was the only position player to make the team for Minnesota after a breakout season.
Minnesota (25-11, 9-2 Big Ten) won twice at Target Field before faltering in the first game of the season at its home stadium, Siebert Field. On the first day, the Gophers won 4-3, then they won 3-0 and on Sunday they couldn't get the sweep, losing 5-3.
Outfielder Alex Boxwell's senior season was getting off to a good start. He had a .357 average through the first eight games, with seven RBI for Minnesota.
With blizzard warnings and low temperatures in April, spring sports at Minnesota have to adjust.
The Gophers tallied 39 hits and 40 runs in two games on a return trip to West Lafayette, Indiana to face Purdue. Minnesota won 22-7 in the first game and 18-8 in the second.
As the cold weather provides postponements and cancellations on the Gophers' season thus far, newcomer Patrick Fredrickson has been heating up on the mound.
With less-than-ideal weather conditions canceling a Minnesota series earlier in the week, the team was forced to reschedule to West Lafayette, Indiana to play Penn State. The Gophers (21-10, 5-1 Big Ten) shook off the cold weather and completed a three-game sweep of Penn State (7-18, 1-8 Big Ten) at the neutral site.
Freshman guard Jamir Harris will leave the Gophers after one year with Minnesota, the team announced in a press release Friday.