When Jordan Kozicky, the Gophers' new starting shortstop, came to the team as a walk-on three seasons ago, head coach John Anderson didn't know where he was going to play.
In its fourth game in three days, Minnesota beat South Dakota State 5-1 on Tuesday night at Siebert Field. First baseman Cole McDevitt led the Gophers with three hits and an RBI.
Minnesota redeemed itself after dropping two games on Sunday to beat Illinois on Monday. The Gophers used a late-game comeback to top the Fighting Illini 5-4.
Minnesota dropped two games on Sunday to Illinois but has one more chance for a victory on Monday against the Fighting Illini.
The Gophers' annual Spring Game happened on Saturday in an unusual fashion: inside the team's practice facility. The maroon team ended up on top 38-20 in a high-scoring game.
Gophers starting pitcher and designated hitter Max Meyer approaches the game of baseball like he's playing whiffle ball in the backyard with his childhood buddies.
Minnesota had another walk-off victory that almost didn't happen. Gophers' sophomore Max Meyer had to convince head coach John Anderson to let him stay in the game for another at-bat on Tuesday night after he pinch hit in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Minnesota dropped its first Big Ten series of the year to Michigan (22-8 overall, 4-1 Big Ten) over the weekend. The Gophers (13-16 overall, 6-3 Big Ten) won the series opener 6-4 on Friday in Ann Arbor, Michigan with seven innings of pitching from sophomore Max Meyer. After letting up a two-run home run to Wolverines' outfielder Jesse Franklin in the first inning, Meyer didn't allow another earned run, and the Minnesota offense picked up.
Drew Hmielewski came to the University of Minnesota two years ago as one of a select category of athlete: a two-sport Division I athlete.
Minnesota got another Division III victory on Tuesday, this time it was against St. Scholastica. The Gophers scored early and often and powered to a 14-4 victory in head coach John Anderson's 1,300th win.