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
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Complete list of current/incoming Gophers on summer teams

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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.

*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

Summer Roundup: June 9

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Throughout the summer, 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.

*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.

Strikeout Cancer Update: April Totals

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A campaign that ran from April 1-30, every strikeout by a Gopher pitcher and by alum (and current Minnesota Twins pitcher) Glen Perkins helped fight cancer as part of pitching coach Todd Oakes' Strike Out Cancer campaign through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Perkins pledged $100 for each of his strikeouts during the month, and the Gophers collected pledges for each of theirs as well.

Although accomplishing 16 strikeouts as the Twins closer, Perkins will donate $2,500 towards the cause, while he's asked the Minnesota Twins and the Major League Baseball Players Association to match his donation. Fox Sports North reporter Tyler Mason caught up with Oakes and Perkins in this recent article and the connection between the two Read the story here

Strikeout Tracker
Gophers   87
Perkins     16

Supporters of the Oakes campaign can continue to donate online (link listed above) until May 16. Team T.O. t-shirts will be made available in the upcoming weeks.

A native of Spring Grove, Minn., Oakes recently caught up with Kyle Deckelbaum from WKBT News 8, La Crosse. Check out this two-part video feature on Todd's journey.

Part One: Oakes as he battled cancer
Part Two: The LLS Campaign/Perkins and team involvement

Not only has the University of Minnesota been involved in this process, Ohio State will donate monetary ticket donations towards the cause in their series against Iowa this upcoming weekend. Augsburg College, where Oakes' son, Tanner, plays, is also hosting a Strikeout Cancer day on Sunday.

2004 Big Ten Champion Gophers Honored

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2004 Golden Gophers

The 2004 Big Ten champion Golden Gopher baseball team was honored on the field during the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. The team members in attendance received commemorative plaques during the presentation.

The 2004 Gophers won both the regular season and tournament Big Ten titles. They won 13 of their last 17 games on the way to their third straight regular season conference championship. Minnesota finished 21-10 in conference play, ahead of second-place Ohio State.

The Gophers went on to beat Ohio State in the tournament championship held at Siebert Field. The Buckeyes beat the Gophers in their first try at the tournament title, forcing one more game between the two teams. Minnesota won it 7-3 and Glen Perkins was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

The Gophers had nine All-Big Ten selections, including Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Perkins, Andy Hunter and Sam Steidl on the first team. Mike Mee, Jake Elder and Craig Molldrem made the second team, while Luke MacLean, Matt Fornasiere and David Hrncirik earned third-team status. John Anderson was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Minnesota made the NCAA Tournament and finished the season 38-23 overall.

Strike Out Cancer Updates

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Starting on April 1, every strikeout by a Gopher pitcher and by alum Glen Perkins is helping to fight cancer as part of pitching coach Todd Oakes' Strike Out Cancer campaign through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Perkins has pledged $100 for each of his strikeouts during the month, and the Gophers have collected pledges for each of theirs as well. Check out this interview Perkins held with Pioneer Press' Charley Walters.

Strikeout Tracker
Gophers   87
Perkins     16
Stats through April 26

Fans were able to donate at the Saturday, April 12 game against Nebraska. Fans added nearly another $250 towards the cause.

KFAN's Justin Gaard sat down with "T.O." to talk about his story, and his Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Man of the Year campaign. The interview starts at about the 30:10 mark of the show.

Windle Pitches in Big League Spring Game

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Go Gophers! Tom Windle
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Windle was the 56th overall pick in the 2013 draft.
Go Gophers!

Former Gophers pitcher Tom Windle made his Major League spring training debut Friday. He earned a two-inning save for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their game against the Texas Rangers at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.

Windle struck out one batter and gave up a hit and a walk in his scoreless outing. The left-hander, who was selected by the Dodgers in the second round of the 2013 MLB Draft following his junior season, pitched for the Class A Great Lakes Loons last year.

As a Gopher last season, Windle was the Friday starter throughout the year and earned All-Big Ten honors. He held a 2.14 ERA and struck out 86 batters in 92 2/3 innings, with a 6-4 record. Windle's no-hitter against Western Illinois was the first by a Minnesota pitcher since 1931.

Another former Gopher, Seth Rosin, is also in the Dodgers' system. The righty has impressed early, striking out eight batters in five scoreless, walk-free innings.

Rosin was traded to the Dodgers from the New York Mets, who acquired him in the Rule 5 Draft. He was earlier part of a trade that sent him from the San Francisco Giants to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Giants picked Rosin in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He had a 9-4 record as a junior and threw 103 innings. Rosin was a two-time All-Big Ten Second Team selection.

Rosin has impressed and has a chance to see Major League action this season:
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Best wishes for Tom, Seth and all our other former Gophers at spring training!

Season Preview Clips

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The Gophers open their season at 2 p.m. CT today in Glendale, Ariz., against Northern Illinois. Get ready for the season by catching up on media coverage from the week.

Gophers baseball team will have to hit the road - hard: Star Tribune

Gophers prepared for a baseball season played entirely outdoors: Pioneer Press

Minnesota opens season on the road: Minnesota Daily

VIDEO: Gophers baseball season preview: KSTP

Series preview and links to live scoring/blogs: