Five players represent Minnesota on the ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region Teams announced on Wednesday.
Minnesota won the program's 10th Big Ten Tournament Championship with a 6-4 win over Purdue in the title game.
Patrick Fredrickson earned the Big Ten Pitcher and Freshman of the Year honors, while seven Gophers were named All-Big Ten.
Multiple Gophers will be playing in summer leagues this year while alumni are playing in the minor leagues or independent ball. Keep up to date with them with our weekly Summer Roundup.
The University of Minnesota will be placing 18 stuedent-athletes in summer leagues this year, setting an NCAA and Northwoods League record for most student-athletes placed in one program in back-to-back years.
Men's Baseball vs. Arizona
2017 | SOPHOMORE Received Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award • recorded a .296 batting average in 50 games • had a .415 on-base percentage after drawing 21 walks and 32 hits • batted .371 in conference play with 13 hits while scoring 10 runs • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Recorded one hit, two walks, one run scored and one stolen base at UC Irvine (2/18) • was 1-3 with one RBI and one run scored vs Seattle U (2/24) • was 1-4 with one RBI and two walks vs Oral Roberts (3/3) • drove in two runs on two hits vs Iowa (3/5) • drew three walks and scored one run vs Milwaukee (3/8) • reached base with two hits and one walk vs NDSU (4/4) while scoring three runs and stealing one base • was 2-3 with one double and one run scored vs Nebraska (4/21) • recorded two hits including a triple along with one RBI and two runs scored at Penn State (5/6) • was 2-3 with one walk and three runs scored at Penn State (5/7) • drove in two RBIs on one hit vs Purdue (5/18) • had two RBIs in a pinch hitting appearance vs Indiana (5/26) in the Big Ten Tournament • was 3-6 with one stolen base and scored two runs vs Iowa (5/27) in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
2016 SUMMER BASEBALL Played in 34 games for the Eau Claire Express of the Northwoods League • had a .321 batting average along with two homeruns, 16 RBIs, 39 runs scored and 22 stolen bases • was named to the Northwoods League All-Star Team.
2016 | FRESHMAN Made 23 appearances as an outfield and a pinch-runner • picked up three hits and had an RBI • was a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen bases. Game Highlights: Made career debut as a defensive replacement in the outfield versus Utah Valley (2/20) • started and went 1-for-3 with two runs, two walks and a pair of stolen bases against Utah (2/21) • pinch-ran and scored a run at Campbell (2/28) • earned start in outfield at Georgia State (3/4) • appeared in two pich-hit opportunities and notched two singles and an RBI at Seattle U (3/12-3/16) • started in center field at Utah Valley (3/19) • scored runs and saw time in center field versus Saint Mary's (3/30) and Northern Illinois (4/6) • came on as a pinch-runner against Maryland (4/16) • drew a walk, scored a run and saw action in the outfield against North Dakota State (4/19) • pinch-ran and scored in non-conference home win versus Kansas (5/3) • appeared in the outfield in NCAA Regional action against Binghamton (6/4) and Wake Forest (6/5).
HIGH SCHOOL Graduated from Totino-Grace High School in 2015 • maintained a .508 average at the dish during senior campaign • had a .539 batting average and 17 stolen bases during his junior season with the Eagles • received All-Northwest Suburban recognition • excelled with the Tri-City Legion team during the summer • in 34 games in 2014, he batted .550 and stole 32 bases on the way to being named district MVP • previously received Legion all-district honors after his freshman year • on the football field, he scored four touchdowns to help the Eagles advance to the 2014 Prep Bowl • earned all-state, all-metro and all-conference acclaim last year and was named the conference’s special teams MVP • honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL Undecided major • son of Tony and Rainie Mezzinga • has three siblings, Gabe, Luke and Isaac • older brother Gabe was a member of the Gopher football team • lists playing in the Minnesota State All-Star Game with the best players in the state as his greatest sports thrill • born Oct. 17, 1996.
Gophers in the Pros (June 19 Update)
6/19/2018 - Baseball
"Gophers in the Pros" will provide a bi-weekly update during the summer months for fans to keep up with former Gopher Baseball players as they compete at the next level.
ABCA/Rawlings Name Three Gophers All-Americans
6/16/2018 - Baseball
The last of the major organizations to name Division I All-Americans tabbed three Gophers as All-Americans in 2018.
PerfectGame Tabs Gophers as Freshmen All-Americans
6/14/2018 - Baseball
PerfectGame became the latest organization to honor Patrick Fredrickson and Max Meyer as Freshman All-Americans