A botched squeeze bunt or one too many pop-ups — timely hitting wasn’t Minnesota’s thing Wednesday night. The Gophers managed nine hits but squandered key scoring opportunities en route to a 3-2 loss to Concordia-Moorhead. Minnesota thumped Augsburg 10-0 on Tuesday night, but Wednesday, the Gophers stranded 12 runners, including a pair in the bottom of the ninth inning.
For graduating seniors, this past year was a revelation — a loud and collective exhale of “about time,” four years overdue. For freshmen finishing their first year on campus, it was a precedent that’ll be difficult to eclipse moving forward. And for every student on campus, it was a heck of a year to be a Gophers fan — the best in recent memory.
Storm clouds hovered above Siebert Field during Saturday night’s baseball game between Minnesota and Penn State. With their team up 12-0 and rain on the way, Gophers fans wandered toward the exits. Jeannie Campion didn’t move. A few minutes later, torrents of rain fell from the sky, drenching Campion and the smattering of fans that stayed in the stands. She remained in her bleacher seat near the first-base dugout for about 15 minutes before the rain was too much for even her to bear, and she instead opted to watch from afar.
I’ve covered almost every Gophers sports team in some capacity during my tenure at the Minnesota Daily. In the span of the last three and a half years, my job has provided me a gateway into the approaches and philosophies of several different coaches at the University. Some I know better than others. Though my own athletics career ended a few years back, if it was still going on today, there are a few coaches I’d really like to play for.
There’s a couple of high-profile men’s basketball coaching jobs still available. Missouri and Tennessee — both members of the SEC — are looking for the next face of their respective programs. And Richard Pitino’s name keeps getting kicked around as a possible replacement. That’s a reality Gophers fans are going to have to live with as long as he’s on campus.
I attended Minnesota’s spring football games in 2011, 2012 and 2013. I did not attend this year’s. And by the looks of it, not many other people did, either. I skimmed a box score and talked to people who did opt to spend their Saturday afternoon at an empty TCF Bank Stadium. From what I gathered, this year’s spring game was like every other Gophers spring game in recent memory — boring as hell.
Justin Holl’s last-second goal Thursday night was without a doubt one of the most exhilarating moments in the last decade of Gophers sports. And Dinkytown went berserk. It seemed like a given after that — Minnesota was poised to win its first NCAA title since 2003 on Saturday night. Union — a tiny school with an enrollment of about 2,200 and even less of a hockey tradition — was the only thing blocking Minnesota’s path toward a sixth NCAA championship.
Adam Wilcox returned to South St. Paul’s Wakota Arena one Friday night during his freshman year of college. Wilcox practically grew up at the 52-year-old rink, but on this night, he was just a spectator — on hand for his younger sister Lauren’s hockey game. Wilcox bumped into his high school coach, Jeff Lagoo, at the game, and the two struck up what Lagoo described as “a good talk.” As the conversation progressed, however, swarms of children flocked around the two.
Norwood Teague made a helluva splash with his first hire: head men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino. He might have just made his second one. Teague announced the hiring of Marlene Stollings from Virginia Commonwealth on Monday afternoon. Teague caught lightning in a bottle with Pitino, who just completed a successful first season with the Gophers. And at first glance, it seems like Teague is trying to do the same with his new women’s head coach.
Gophers punter Peter Mortell caught a long snap and booted a moonshot toward the punt returner during last Thursday’s spring football practice at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex. The return man didn’t have to move. Mortell’s punt shtoinked off the ceiling, and chips of plaster floated dozens of feet down to the playing surface. A few feet away, raindrops trickled through the leaky roof of the complex.
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