Summer Roundup: July 21

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Major Leagues
*The big news last week was Glen Perkins' All-Star Game save. Find links to video, articles and a Twitter summary here. Perkins has made one appearance since the All-Star break, striking out two in a scoreless inning on Sunday.

Minor Leagues
*Mike Kvasnicka (Double-A New Britain Rock Cats) picked up two runs, four RBIs, a home run and a double in the last week. He is hitting .272 overall, and .329 in the month of July.
*Kyle Knudson is batting .321 in July for New Britain.
*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A) gave up one run in four innings (two appearances) last week. He also struck out four batters.
*Drew Ghelfi made a scoreless relief appearance for the Helena Brewers (Rookie) lasts week.
*Alec Crawford (Rookie Grand Junction Rockies) did not give up an earned run until his 10th minor league appearance, which came last Friday. He has a 1.59 ERA on the season after giving up two runs. Crawford has four saves, and has struck out eight in 11 1/3 innings.

Cape Cod League
*Lance Thonvold has four saves and a 2.89 ERA for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. He has 21 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings. The Minnesota Daily featured Thonvold in last week's edition.

Northwoods League
*Connor Schaefbauer is batting .321 this summer with the Rochester Honkers. He went 9-for-25 (.360) last week, including a game in which he batted 3-for-5 and scored three times, and a three-RBI game the next day. Three of Schaefbauer's hits last week were doubles.
*Also for the Honkers, Jordan Smith had a 3-for-7 day at the plate with two RBIs on Saturday.
*Dalton Sawyer has a 2.41 ERA for the St. Cloud Rox. He pitched twice last week, striking out six and giving up one run in four innings.
*Dan Motl hit 7-for-21 last week for the Willmar Stingers and is at .265 on the summer.
*Jake Bergren was 5-for-13 at the plate last week and is hitting .262 for the Alexandria Blue Anchors.

Other
*The Gopher baseball program announced a new Siebert Field Fall League format. Interested teams can find more information about the league and how to sign up here.
*Learn more about the Dan Morgan Golf Open and find the sign-up form here. The annual event raises money to support the Gopher baseball program. 

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All-Star Game Gopher Connections

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Summer Roundup: July 14

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MLB is taking an All-Star break, but the Gopher baseball summer roundup keeps right on going.

Major Leagues
*Glen Perkins enters the All-Star break with 22 saves, fourth in the American League. He has a 2.97 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings pitched. Tuesday night, he will hope to make an appearance for the AL in the All-Star Game at Target Field.
*Seven former Gophers (plus Dick Siebert) have appeared on MLB All-Star rosters. Check out our photo gallery of all of them.
*Former Gophers and past All-Stars Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield will be among those throwing out ceremonial pitches at the All-Star Game.
*Jack Hannahan is still on the DL for the Reds, but has gotten a few minor league at-bats recently as part of his rehab.

Minor Leagues
*Mike Kvasnicka is hitting .342 (13-for-38) in his last 10 games with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats. His past week included a four-game stretch of 10-for-16 hitting with three runs, four doubles a home run and five RBIs. The outfielder has a .275 season average.
*Kyle Knudson had a pair of 2-for-3 games last week for the Rock Cats. He scored twice and drove in three runs.
*Seth Rosin (Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A), Tom Windle (Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Advanced A) and Alec Crawford (Grand Junction Rockies, Rookie) all pitched twice last week. Crawford has a 0.00 ERA and seven strikeouts in 10 innings pitched. He has only walked one batter.

Northwoods League
*Jake Bergren went 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs, a double, a triple and a walk for the Alexandria Blue Anchors on Sunday.
*Connor Schaefbauer turned in three multi-hit games in the past week and is batting .311 for the Rochester Honkers. He also stole two bases on July 10.
*Jordan Smith hit 3-for-5 with a double and four RBIs for the Honkers on Sunday. He went 2-for-4 with a run on July 9.
*Dalton Sawyer picked up his third and fourth saves of the summer for the St. Cloud Rox.

Other
*With the All-Star Game and all its surrounding festivities coming to town, baseball in Minnesota has taken center stage. ESPN.com featured the state's baseball culture. The Star Tribune included the Gophers' championship teams in its series of articles leading up to the All-Star Game. Mpls. St. Paul Magazine put together a Minnesota-born All-Star roster that included a handful of Gophers.

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Summer Roundup: July 7

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An All-Star Game selection highlights this week's roundup.

Major Leagues
*Glen Perkins was selected to his second consecutive All-Star Game. The Twins closer will be a reserve for the American League team. Read more here.

Minor Leagues
*Nate Hanson notched a pair of three-hit games for the Rochester Red Wings last week. He went 3-for-4 with a three runs, a double and two RBIs on July 1. Hanson hit 3-for-7 with a run and a double on July 5. He is now hitting .286 in his seven games at the Triple-A level this summer.
*Mike Kvasnicka (New Britain) hit 7-for-21 during the past week and is hitting .344 in his last 10 games. Those hits included a double and a home run last week.
*Tom Windle got the win with a six-inning, one-run start on July 2. He is 8-4 with a 3.72 ERA for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Class A Advanced) this season.
*DJ Snelten has maintained a low ERA all season for the Class A Augusta GreeenJackets. After 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings last week, the number is 1.23. Snelten has struck out 32 batters in 29 1/3 innings.
*Alec Crawford has yet to allow an earned run for the Grand Junction Rockies (Rookie). He made two relief appearances last week and has pitched eight innings since joining the roster.

Northwoods League
*Connor Schaefbauer hit .375 (9-for-24) last week to raise his season average to .308 for Rochester. He had three consecutive two-hit games.
*Dan Motl hit 3-for-5 with a run on July 4, and 6-for-14 on the week for Willmar.
*Dalton Sawyer made two scoreless relief appearances for St. Cloud last week.

Incoming Freshmen
*Fred Manke was named Wisconsin State Journal Area Player of the Year. He also pitched recently for the South All-Stars in the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Classic. Manke was also named the WBCAC South Central District Player of the Year while earning first-team all-state recognition and his fourth All-Capitol North Conference nod. This past season, he had a 7-1 record and 1.01 ERA with 101 strikeouts, also batting .488.
*Through July 2, Alex Boxwell was leading his Coon Rapids Legion team with a .483 average.
*Reggie Meyer is 4-0 for the Totino Grace Legion team.
*Luke Pettersen's Legion team won the Palmetto Legion Invitational Tournament in South Carolina June 27-29.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Flashback to 1964

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Members of the 1964 team attended Saturday's celebration of the 50th anniversary.


The Golden Gopher baseball program honored its 1964 national champions at Saturday's game against Purdue. That team 50 years ago put together one of the best seasons in school history and brought home the program's third College World Series title, all under coach Dick Siebert.

Minnesota started its season with a 3-8 record on its trip to Texas. The Gophers bounced back with 11 straight victories. After dropping their conference opener, the Gophers rattled off eight consecutive wins.

Minnesota went 31-12 overall, including a 11-3 mark in conference play. The Gophers won their seventh Big Ten championship, which was their fifth with Siebert at the helm. The Gophers went on to play in the NCAA Midwest Regional and beat Kent State twice to advance to the College World Series.

In Omaha, Minnesota beat Texas A&M, Maine and USC before losing to Missouri for its first loss of the double elimination tournament. But the Gophers beat the Tigers 5-1 in their second meeting to claim the national title.

Joe Pollack pitched three complete game victories in the World Series. He was joined on the All-Tournament Team by All-American catcher Ron Wojciak, first baseman Bill Davis, second baseman Dewey Markus and outfielder Dave Hoffman.

Davis, Pollack and Wojciak were all inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame.

Strikeout Cancer T-Shirts

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This Saturday, the Gophers and pitching coach Todd Oakes will have one final push for the Strikeout Cancer campaign. Along with having a chance to donate online, supporters also have the chance to purchase Team T.O. Strikeout Cancer t-shirts at Saturday's game vs. Purdue. The t-shirts will be $20 and with the purchase, you also receive a autographed trading cards of Glen Perkins and Todd Oakes when he was a pitching coach in Major League Baseball. Trading cards and t-shirts while supplies last

Can't make it to the game? You still have a chance to donate to T.O.'s cause on his fundraising page.