Junior hit .500, slugged 1.000 and extended his on-base streak to 25 games in a row last week
Minnesota sweeps second road series in the Big Ten and has won seven consecutive games away from home
Experience highlights groups of outfielders and catchers heading into the 2016 campaign
Athmann, Motl and Sawyer tabbed as preseason players to watch big the conference
Austin Athmann has been a mainstay behind the plate in his two seasons as a Gopher
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Went 5-for-11 with three doubles and three RBI in the opening weekend against Utah, Utah Valley and Oregon State (2/19-21) • hit 2-for-5 with an RBI-double in the series-clinching win at Campbell (2/28) • went 6-for-11 with four RBI, two doubles and a home run in series at Georgia State • picked up four hits, including two doubles, to go along with four RBI in first three games of series at Seattle U (3/11-14) • went 5-for-5 with three runs, two RBI and one homer to become first player since 2010 to notch five hits in a game at series finale at Seattle U (3/16) • tallied an RBI single and scored a run at Utah Valley (3/18) • collected three hits, including one home run at No. 23 Missouri State (3/25-26) • launched a homer in the midst of a 2-for-4 performance against Saint Mary's (3/30) • tallied three hits, including a solo home run in series win against Iowa (4/1-3) • collected four hits, including one double, to go along with three runs and two RBI in doubleheader sweep at No. 25 Michigan (4/8) • scored a run in all three games and added an RBI double against Maryland (4/15-17).
Played for the St. Cloud Rox in the Northwoods League • played in 61 games in the field and as the designated hitter • hit .286 and slugged .398 in 231 at-bats • recorded 66 hits, including 11 doubles, five home runs and one triple • added 43 RBI which led the team • participated in the NWL Home Run Challenge during the All-Star Break • played in the NWL Major League Showcase.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Played in 39 games • made 23 starts, including 13 at first base and eight at catcher • batted .286, scored 10 runs and notched nine RBIs • hit .346 with seven runs and eight RBIs in conference play. Game Highlights: Hit 2-for-4 to with one run and an RBI to start Big Ten play at Maryland (3/21) • in his first start at first base, hit 2-for-4 with a double, one run and two RBIs against Northwestern (3/27) • hit 4-for-5 with a season-high two runs and an RBI at Rutgers (4/4) • had a season high three RBIs in a 1-for-4 performance in the second game of the doubleheader at Rutgers (4/4) • hit 2-for-4 with a run scored against Michigan (4/26) • went 2-for-4 against UC Irvine (5/3) and at Iowa (5/10).
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team • hit .277 with a .337 slugging percentage and .344 on base percentage • played in 27 games, including 24 starts • was limited by injury after making eight starts at catcher, but returned behind the plate for seven more games later in the season • also served as designated hitter in several games. Game Highlights: After his catching debut against Northern Illinois (2/15), tallied two hits each in his next three games • hit 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI against Creighton (2/21) • hit 2-for-5 at Iowa (4/25) • in his first start at catcher since returning from an injury, hit 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI against NDSU (4/15) • hit his first collegiate home run against Penn State (4/25) • batted 2-for-4 at No. 5 Florida State (5/3).
Graduated from Rocori High School in 2013 • played for coach Jeff Illies • part of Rocori's state championship team in 2010 • a three-time All-Central Lakes selection • entered the 2013 state tournament with a .305 batting average and 15 RBI • batted .489 with three home runs in American Legion ball in 2012 • played for the North in the 2013 Play Ball! Minnesota High School All-Star Series • also played football and hockey.
Recreation, park and leisure studies major • son of Brian and Sheila Athmann • has an older sister, Paige • lists winning the state tournament as a freshman as his most memorable sports thrill • enjoys snowmobiling and wakeboarding • born April 27, 1995.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
Minnesota Welcomes Kansas for Two
Gophers play host to Jayhawks for two games to open five-game homestand at Siebert Field this week
Bats Explode in Series-Clincher at Illinois
Gophers set season-high with 14 runs en route to fifth consecutive Big Ten series victory on Sunday
Gophers Split Doubleheader at Illinois
Minnesota takes 3-1 decision before falling in nightcap 2-0 on Friday night in Champaign, Ill.