Gophers baseball head coach John Anderson knew before the season started that one big question mark ahead of his team was the pitching staff.
Minnesota (8-4) beat Arizona (5-6) in the first game by a score of 3-2 in 12 innings, lost to Washington (6-4) by a score of 6-4 in the 10th inning on Saturday night, and against No. 11 UCLA (9-2) the Gophers let the Bruins run away with the final game of the weekend, losing 6-1.
The Gophers had their home opening series on Tuesday and Wednesday night at U.S. Bank Stadium
Gophers catcher Dan Wilson was an All-American and first round draft pick in 1990. Now, there is another Wilson behind the plate for Minnesota, but this time it's Eli. Gophers sophomore Eli Wilson, Dan's son, has started the season off with the best batting average on the team through the first eight games. He has a .471 average with 17 at bats and eight hits.
The Gophers finished their season with a loss to the last seed in the Big Ten tournament
"We were really struggling to score," head coach Richard Pitino told reporters. "When all things are not clicking for us, it's very, very challenging. We're easy to guard right now."
Minnesota went 3-0 at the Snowbird Classic, beating three other northern teams who went south for the weekend — Boston College, Chicago College and Mount St. Mary's by a combined score of 46-11, in Port Charlotte, Florida.
The Gophers have not had their ideal season, but guard Nate Mason made sure his final game at Williams Arena ended the way he wanted.
When Gabe Kalscheur committed to Minnesota last summer, his team looked to be moving in a positive direction after making the NCAA tournament.
Multiple outlets projected senior Micah Coffey as a possible late-round draft pick in the 2017 MLB Draft after three seasons of playing infield for the Gophers, and being named All-Big Ten Second Team two years in a row. Coffey, however, didn’t hear his name called by the end of the draft. He comes back to college this season, after he batted .340 in 2017.