Experience highlights groups of outfielders and catchers heading into the 2016 campaign
Northwoods League ends with one Gopher claiming top prize.
Check in on the week that was in Gopher baseball
A look at how current, former and future Gophers are performing during the summer.
A look at how the Gophers have fared on the diamond this summer
2016 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Started and laced a single that brought in a run versus Utah Valley (2/20) • saw action in the outfield against Utah (2/21) and at Campbell (2/27) and recorded two putouts each contest • started and notched a putout with two plate appearances at Georgia State (3/5) • smacked an RBI double in series opener at Seattle U (3/12) • went 2-for-5 with a run and a double at Utah Valley (3/18-3/20) • laced two hits, including an RBI double, against Saint Mary's (3/30) • started all three games and tallied three hits, including two in the series finale, against Iowa • had a a pinch-hit single against Northern Illinois (4/6) • notched a season-high two RBI at No. 25 Michigan (4/8) • went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI against South Dakota State (4/12) • laced a trio of singles and started in the outfield versus Maryland (4/15-4/17) • collected four hits, including two doubles, and crossed the plate four times at Northwestern (4/22-4/24) • tallied five hits and was a double short of the cycle in games at Illinois (4/29-5/1) • netted a two-run single against Indiana (5/7) • notched a single in all three games, including one for an RBI, while crossing the plate three times at Purdue (5/13-5/15).
Played for the Waterlooo Bucks in the Northwoods League • ranked third on the team with a .289 batting average in 135 at-bats • recorded 39 hits, including five doubles, two triples and one home run • added 23 RBI, which was the second-highest mark on the club.
2015 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Played in 25 games with 19 starts, primarily in the outfield • batted .194 with 10 runs and six RBIs • hit two home runs, a double and a triple • had a perfect fielding percentage. Game Highlights: Made his Minnesota debut hitting 2-for-4 with two runs at Houston (2/15) • hit his first collegiate home run while going 1-for-4 with two RBIs at VCU (3/16) • hit 2-for-3 including a triple with an RBI, a walk and one run scored against Penn State (4/19) • hit 1-for-4 with a home run, and scored the winning run in the ninth against South Dakota State (4/22).
Graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 2014, where he was on the honor roll each year • played for coach Jerry Coe • all-state selection and Mr. Baseball finalist • hit .506 with three home runs and 10 stolen bases as a senior • played for the Metro West in the 2014 Play Ball! Minnesota High School Baseball All-Star Series • all-state and all-metro selection as a senior • two-time All-Northwest Suburban Conference selection • hit .430 during the regular season as a junior and helped the Cardinals advance to the Minnesota Class 3A state semifinals • hit .379 with 33 RBIs, seven doubles, five triples and four home runs for the Coon Rapids Post 334 Legion team in 2013 • hit .497 with nine home runs during the 2014 Legion season • also an all-conference football player and a basketball letterwinner.
Son of Lisa and Bill Boxwell • mother, Lisa, ran hurdles at Minnesota • has two brothers, Tony and Brett • Tony played baseball at Concordia-St. Paul and Brett played at Anoka Ramsey • born April 6, 1996.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
Pitching Coach Todd Oakes Passes Away At 55
Minnesota assistant baseball coach Todd Oakes passed away today after a courageous and public battle with leukemia. Oakes, who coached the Minnesota pitching staff, was 55.
Gophers Drop Out of B1G Tournament
Minnesota falls to Michigan 3-2 in an elimination game on Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park
Minnesota Falls in B1G Tournament Opener
Gophers play at 1 p.m. in an elimination game tomorrow afternoon against either Michigan or Ohio State