Kaitlin Merkel


Freshmen adding jolt to Gophers lineup

The Gophers offense has outscored opponents 115-91 through 18 games this season, and it’s not just veteran players who are finding success at the plate.     Three Minnesota freshmen — Terrin Vavra, Eddie Estrada and Riley Smith — are

Health key for Motl as a senior

Outfielder Dan Motl is hoping to accomplish something as senior he’s been unable to do his first three seasons.     He’s hoping to play a full season.    

Minnesota unlikely to receive NCAA berth

The Gophers’ chances of hearing their name called during the NCAA tournament selection show on March 14 look slim.   Minnesota (19-11, 11-7 Big Ten) lost four of its last five games, including a loss in its first game of the Big Ten tournament against Northwestern.  

Fiedler pitches complete game

The Gophers won two of three games for the second weekend in a row to defeat Georgia State in a road series.     Minnesota (7-3) defeated the Panthers 3-0 

Sawyer starts again in his senior season

Pitcher Dalton Sawyer was one of three Minnesota players drafted in June, but he’s the only one who returned to school.       The Minnesota Twins picked the senior in the 27th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, but the

Gophers quickly ushered out of Big Ten Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS - The Gophers chances for an NCAA tournament berth were potentially dashed on Thursday. Minnesota lost its first game of the Big Ten tournament 84-74 to Northwestern, a team it had defeated twice in the regular season. The fifth-seeded Gophers (19-11) came within one point of the twelfth-seeded Wildcats early in the fourth quarter but never took the lead. Northwestern grabbed 54 rebounds in the game, which tied the record for second-most in Big Ten tournament history. The upset was also the first time a No. 12 seed defeated a No. 5 seed in the tournament.