June 2014 Archives

Summer Roundup: June 30

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Here are your weekly updates on current and former Gophers playing summer ball across the country:

Major Leagues

*Glen Perkins earned his 20th save of the season by striking out the side in an inning of work at Texas yesterday. He know ranks
3
rd in the American League in saves. The MLB All-Star teams will be unveiled July 5th, Perkins has put together a good enough season to hear his name called.

Minor Leagues

*Nate Hanson is headed to AAA, the Rochester Red Wings called the third baseman up. He has played in two games, but has gone hitless in seven at-bats.

*Alec Crawford made two more appearances for the Grand Junction Rockies. He pitched a total of 2.2 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with a strikeout.

*In back-to-back days, Mike Kvasnicka (New Britian Rock Cats) hit a double and drove in a run. In his past 10 games, Mike is hitting
.387 with seven RBI.

*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils) made two relief appearances, allowing a run. He is now 2-5 with a 4.91 ERA on the season, in the minors.

*Augusta GreenJackets pitcher DJ Snelten made two appearances this past week. On Friday, DJ pitched 4.0 innings allowing one run while striking out three.

 

Cape Cod League

*In 3.0 innings pitched, Lance Thonvold (Hyannis Harbor Hawks) struck out four batters. In 10.2 innings pitched on the season, Lance owns a 0.84 ERA.

 

Northwoods League

*Thanks to a 3-for-3 effort on Sunday, Michael Handel (Madison Mallards) upped his batting average to .328.

*Dan Motl's Willmar Stingers club wrapped up the first half title this past weekend. On the season, Motl is hitting .235 with 7 RBI in 81 at-bats.

*Connor Schaefbauer (Rochester Honkers) had a nice weekend. The infielder had back-to-back three hit games on Saturday and Sunday. He is now batting .278 in 54 at-bats this season. Outfielder Jordan Smith also had a pair of multi-hit performances this week. In addition, he plated two RBI on Sunday.

*Troy Traxler played in a 15-inning affair for the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Thursday. He went 4-for-8, scoring two runs.

American Legion

*Incoming freshman Alex Boxwell has 42 at-bats for his Coon Rapids Legion team. He is batting .476 with 13 RBI on the season.

Summer Roundup Archives

June 23
 June 16
June 9

Complete list of current/incoming Gophers on summer teams

 

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Gopher alum and University of Minnesota graduate Tori Dixon is making a name for herself right away on the international scene. After graduating from the Gopher volleyball team last year, Dixon signed a professional contract to play for Rabita Baku in Azerbaijan before she returned to the United States. After playing in the Pan American Cup, Dixon was recently named the tournament's best blocker.

The Minnesota Daily recently featured the Gopher alum, check out her story here.

Gopher Volleyball Update (6/23/14)

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M.A.G.I.C. Weekly Update (6/23/14)

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Summer Roundup: June 23

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It is now officially summer, and we are in the heart of baseball season. Weekly updates on Gophers in the pros and in amateur ball:

Major Leagues
*Glen Perkins pitched three straight games for the Twins against the White Sox. He earned two saves in a series sweep. Perkins ranks ninth in MLB in saves, and third in the American League with 19.

Minor Leagues
*Alec Crawford made his professional debut for the Grand Junction Rockies (Rookie) last Thursday. He retired all six batters he faced and struck out six, earning the save. He also pitched one inning on Sunday.
 *The Gopher trio playing for the New Britain Rock Cats had an eventful week. Last week, Nate Hanson turned in two four-hit games. He went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI on June 17, then hit 4-for-6 with a home run, two runs and three RBIs two days later. Mike Kvasnicka hit 2-for-3 with two RBIs on June 18, then 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI on June 19. He hit a home run the next day. Kyle Knudson had a pair of two-hit games last week.
*Tom Windle won his latest start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, allowing one run in five innings. His season ERA is 3.79.
*DJ Snelten (Augusta GreenJackets) made two relief appearances last week for a combined 3 2/3 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.25.
*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin' Phils) struck out two in an inning of relief.

Cape Cod League
*Lance Thonvold has three saves for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. He has struck out 10 batters in 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

Northwoods League
*Dalton Sawyer has a 0.79 ERA for the St. Cloud Rox. In his most recent outing, he pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out two.
*Jake Bergren hit 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a stolen base last Wednesday for the Alexandria Blue Anchors. He is hitting .311 on the season.
*Connor Schaefbauer went 2-for-5 with a run, a double and two RBIs for the Rochester Honkers on Saturday.

Incoming Freshmen
*All-five of the Gophers' in-state incoming freshmen--Alex Boxwell, Jeff Fasching, Toby Hanson, Reggie Meyer and Luke Pettersen--earned all-state recognition from the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association. The quintet of future Gophers all played in the Play Ball! Minnesota High School All-Star Series.
*Boxwell and Hanson were Mr. Baseball finalists, and Hanson was selected as the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association's Class 2A Player of the Year.

Summer Roundup Archives
June 16
June 9

Complete list of current/incoming Gophers on summer teams

M.A.G.I.C. Weekly Update (6/15/14)

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Summer Roundup: June 16

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It's time for the weekly Gopher baseball summer roundup. Selected stats and notes are below.

Major Leagues
*Glen Perkins remains third in the American League in saves, picking up one last week to bring his season total to 17. He has 39 strikeouts to lead the Twins bullpen.
*Jack Hannahan, who started the season on the Reds' disabled list after a fall shoulder surgery, reportedly may begin throwing and hitting as soon as this week.

Minor Leagues
*In his most recent start, Tom Windle pitched seven shutout, three-hit innings to earn the win for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers Class A Advanced). He struck out four and walked one. Windle's ERA is 3.93 on the season.
*Seth Rosin made three relief appearances in the past week. Two of those appearances were scoreless, and he earned one save for the Reading Fightin' Phils (Phillies Class Double-A).
*DJ Snelten made two brief appearances out of the bullpen last week, one of them scoreless. His season ERA for the Augusta GreenJackets (Giants Class A) is 1.50.

Northwoods League
*Last week, Jake Bergren (Alexandria Blue Anchors) hit 3-for-4 with three runs and a homerun against the Thunder Bay Border Cats, and 2-for-3 with two runs and a double in a game against the Duluth Huskies. His NWL season average is up to .364.
*Troy Traxler has two three-hit games in a row for the Wisconsin Woodchucks. He is batting .324 with three doubles and a triple on the season.
*Dalton Sawyer has a 1.00 ERA and a save in nine innings pitched for the St. Cloud Rox.
*Tyler Hanson earned his first NWL win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Willmar Stingers against the Eau Claire Express.

Incoming Freshmen
*Pitcher Lucas Gilbreath, who was one of 12 Colorado high school players drafted this year, was named to the Colorado Post's All-Colorado Second Team.
*Jeff Fashcing has a 27-1 high school pitching record. He could have one more chance at a win in the Minnesota Class 2A championship game Monday.
*Toby Hanson finished his senior season with 13 home runs overall, including six during section playoffs on the way to an appearance in the state tournament.
*Hanson and Alex Boxwell were named to the Star Tribune's All-Metro Team. Luke Pettersen was named to the second team.
*Micah Coffey finished his senior season last week with a .360 average and 32 RBIs in 36 games.

Other
*Former Gopher and MLB greats Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor were included in ESPN's list of 25 influential College World Series players. Winfield topped the list, while Molitor was ranked 22nd.
*Matt Stemper is hitting .361 with a double and a triple for the Springfield Sliders.

Summer Roundup Archives
June 9

Complete list of current/incoming Gophers on summer teams

Limited Mariucci Arena Seats for Sale

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MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) - With Father's Day fast approaching, here's your chance to give dad the greatest seat in the house - his own club-level seat from Mariucci Arena. 

Approximately 150 club-level seats from Mariucci Arena will go on sale to the public Thursday, June 12, through the University of Minnesota ReUse Center. Each seat costs 40 dollars while the inventory will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any remaining inventory after Thursday will be available for purchase in person on the first Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each seat must be purchased in person at the University of Minnesota ReUse Center (883 29th Ave. SE). 

For more information about the University of Minnesota ReUse Program or the Mariucci Arena club-level seat sale, call 612-626-9152, email reuse@umn.edu, or visit www.facm.umn.edu/about/central-services/reuse.

Since opening in 1993, Mariucci Arena has seen the Gophers go 290-113-45 (.696 winning percentage) at the venue including a 48-10-6 mark (.790) since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. The Gophers went 15-1-3 at Mariucci Arena during the 2013-14 campaign - marking the fewest losses ever in the facility's 20 year history. 

-Pride on Ice-

Toledo Tournament Schedule Announced

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The University of Toledo announced its schedule recently, including information on the Rocket Invite in which the Golden Gophers are competing at, Sept. 19-20.

Minnesota will open the tournament with a 9 a.m. match (CT) against Duquesne on Sept. 19. The Gophers will then play host Toledo later on that night at 6 p.m. The Gophers will then play IPFW at noon (CT) on Saturday.

With announcement of the Rocket Invite, it completes the Gophers' non-conference tournament schedule. Minnesota starts its season hosting the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Aug. 29-30 at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers welcome Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Louisville the opening week.

Full schedule can be found here. Times for Big Ten matches will be announced at a later date.

Sara's Summer in the Pros: Entry #2

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Sara Moulton, a senior on the Minnesota softball team in 2014, left the Gophers as one of the most decorated players in program history after helping lead to the team to its first Big Ten Tournament title in 15 years, as well as its first-ever NCAA super regional appearance. Upon completion of her collegiate career, the Eagan, Minn. native signed on to play professionally with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league. The Bandits selected Moulton with the fifth overall pick in the NPF Collegiate Draft in March. Throughout the summer, Moulton will document her first season in the professional ranks.

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Moulton, Klucas, KochWeek 2 in Bandit Nation was a busy one! On Tuesday (June 3), we headed out to Normal, Ill. and played an exhibition game against the Normal Corn Belters professional baseball team. Sports Science videos proved to be correct as the guys struggled to put the bat on the ball from 43 feet away. I will give it to them though, they took some hacks and had fun with it. The Corn Belters brought in a men's Professional Fast Pitch pitcher to throw to us. He threw consistently 71-74 mph, which was the hardest pitching I have seen so far. He managed to hold us off the bases the first time through the order, but after making some adjustments, our bats got hot and we put up seven runs and defeated the boys, 7-0.

On Thursday night, some of my teammates and I headed to the Cubs game. It was my first visit to Wrigley Field. We sat out in the bleacher seats in the outfield that overlooked the whole field. What a fun experience! Fun fact: Wrigley Field is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year! We had a blast at the game and the Cubs came out with a W!

Friday night, we took the field for our first home series against the Akron Racers. I was excited to get another start because there were some familiar faces in the crowd! Gopher Softball alumnae Kelsey Klucas, Alissa Koch, Heidi Carls, and Whitney Erikson made the trip to watch some Bandit Softball. We got the win Friday night against Akron, but came up short in Saturday's game. During the day on Saturday, Kelsey, Alissa, Alissa's boyfriend Ian, and I, explored the Rosemont area I have been staying at and found a mini golf course. After 18 holes of mini golf in the grueling sun, Alissa was crowned the champion of the game. Kelsey, Ian, and I enjoyed our defeat with some slushies from 7-Eleven. 

To wrap up the busy week, we head back to Akron, Ohio on Sunday to gear up for our final two games of the series on Monday and Tuesday night. We will return back to Rosemont following Tuesday night's game and get back to practice Thursday and Friday before taking on the USSSA Pride on our home field Saturday and Sunday. I can't wait for another week of Bandit Softball and to bring home more wins!

Summer Roundup: June 9

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Throughout the summer, GopherSports.com will keep an eye on current and former players playing professional and amateur baseball. This week's summer roundup includes Glen Perkins, the retirement of a former Gopher and some Northwoods notes.

Major Leagues
*Glen Perkins is third in the American League and tied for seventh overall with 16 saves. He has struck out 37 batters and walked just five in 27 1/3 innings pitched for the Twins.

Minor Leagues
*Three former Gophers--Nate Hanson, Michael Kvasnicka and Kyle Knudson--are currently on the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats roster. Hanson is hitting .257 with three home runs and 27 RBIs.
*AJ Pettersen, who was also recently with the Rock Cats, wrote a blog about retiring from playing.
*Tom Windle has made 11 starts for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Class A Advanced affiliate of the Dodgers.) He has a 4.38 ERA. Windle pitched six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in a recent start on May 28.
*DJ Snelten has a 3-0 record and 1.15 ERA as a reliever for the Augusta GreenJackets (Class A affiliate of the Giants). He has 20 strikeouts.

Northwoods League
*Michael Handel is hitting .351 with three doubles for the Madision Mallards.
*Tyler Hanson has given up just one unearned run in four outings for the Willmar Stingers, and has also batted.
*Dan Motl has been hit by pitch a league-leading six times for Willmar.
*Dalton Sawyer has one save and a 1.50 ERA for the St. Cloud Rox.

Other
*Tony Skjefte is hitting .400 for the Minneapolis Lakers.
*Matt Stemper is hitting .316 for the Springfield Sliders.
*Kyle Crocker is hitting .385 for the Brainerd Bees.
*Neal Kunik pitched seven innings, gave up two runs on three hits and struck out four in a win for the Eagan Bandits.

McCutcheon on the Gopher Road Trip

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On June 3-4, the Gopher Road Trip continued its trek across towns in Minnesota. This time, it included volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon. Take a look at his adventure through the four southern towns in Greater Minnesota.

Sara's Summer in the Pros: Entry #1

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Sara Moulton, a senior on the Minnesota softball team in 2014, left the Gophers as one of the most decorated players in program history after helping lead to the team to its first Big Ten Tournament title in 15 years, as well as its first-ever NCAA super regional appearance. Upon completion of her collegiate career, the Eagan, Minn. native signed on to play professionally with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league. The Bandits selected Moulton with the fifth overall pick in the NPF Collegiate Draft in March. Throughout the summer, Moulton will document her first season in the professional ranks.

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Now that I have had a chance to look back on our 2014 Gopher softball season, I couldn't be more proud of what we accomplished as a team this year. Some of the moments that stand out most to me were our team wins against LSU, Arizona State, Nebraska, and Michigan. Winning the B1G Tournament was incredible and it was a moment that I would give anything to go back and re-live again. Then came the regional tournament and we were able to show everyone what Gopher Softball was really about. We fought and clawed our way through regionals and earned the first super regional bid in Gopher Softball history. Although we fell short at supers, it was an incredible experience and one that we as a team will never forget. There are big things coming for the Gopher Softball program, and I couldn't be happier to have had a chance to be a part of the regrowth period.

Just 14 hours after arriving home from super regionals, I packed up my campus apartment, boarded a plane, and headed off to Chicago to start the next chapter. This new chapter included a new home, a new roommate, my new Chicago Bandits teammates, and the National Professional Fastpitch league. After my plane landed I was picked up and brought to my first Chicago Bandits practice. It was a blast getting to meet my new teammates and stepping foot on the Bandits' all-turf field for the first time. We had two team practices before getting on a bus and heading to our first games in Akron, Ohio.

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We played the Akron Racers in a four-game series--two games away and the final two games at home in a span of four days. It was weird suiting up in orange and black for the first time. I looked in the mirror and didn't recognize myself at first since I had been wearing maroon and gold for the past four years. I was in third relief for our first game and got to make my NPF debut in the bottom of the sixth inning when we were trailing 4-0. I will admit it, I was extremely nervous!

I threw eight pitches and recorded three groundball outs. The next day I got the start against Akron and felt a lot more comfortable on the mound. After four innings of work, I was relieved of my pitching duties. I also got to start the second game of our home series against Akron and pitched the first four innings of that game. My family was able to make the trip down to Chicago for our home series and I was grateful they got to watch me pitch--I think this was the first time in four years that my dad (Jeff) sat in his seat for two whole games! We finished our four-game series with the Akron Racers with a 3-1 record.

It is an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to extend my softball career and play for the Chicago Bandits in the NPF. My new teammates have been extremely welcoming and fun to be around. It's an honor to be able to take the field with some of the best players that have played the game. On Tuesday night, we will play an exhibition game against a men's baseball team and we have another two-game home series this weekend against Akron. I am excited for what is in store for this summer and I can't wait to challenge myself and grow as a softball player at the professional level.