The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
Team awards were handed out in annual gathering of team and family on Tuesday night
10 Gophers honored by league office for outstanding regular seasons on the diamond
Preview the upcoming 2016 with a look at the infielders on the Gophers roster
2016 • SENIOR SEASON:
Tabbed All-Big Ten First Team • hit .296 with 66 hits, including eight doubles, one triple and five home runs • led the team and finished in the top-10 in the country in sacrifices with 10 sacrifice flies and eight sacrifice bunts • brought in 37 RBI • held a .997 fielding percentage in 294 chances in the field • jhit .330 with three homers and 12 RBI in Big Ten play • named Minnesota's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmandship Award • selected as the Dianne Olson-Ficenko Dugout Club Player of the Year • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Notched a single, run scored and a stolen base versus Utah (2/19) • paced the team with a 4-for-10 weekend showing at the plate with four RBI, two sacrifice bunts and a sacrifice fly at Campbell (2/26-28) • made first career start at first base at Georgia State (3/4) • tallied a run and an RBI in series finale at Georgia State (3/6) • went 2-for-3 with a double at Seattle U (3/14) • hit a season-high 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI in series finale at Seattle U (3/16) • scored twice and notched a pair of hits, including a double, at Utah Valley (3/18) • laced an RBI double at Utah Valley (3/19) • tallied a career-high four RBI while going 2-for-2 with a double against Augsburg (3/22) • went 8-for-14 with two doubles and two RBI in series victory at No. 23 Missouri State (3/25-3/26) • scored a season-high three runs and went 2-for-5 from the dish against Saint Mary's (3/30) • drilled four hits, including two home runs, in doubleheader against Iowa (4/3) • tallied a pair of RBI and scored once against Northern Illinois (4/6) • went 4-for-6 with a double at No. 25 Michigan (4/8) • collected two RBI to key come-from-behind win against Maryland (4/15) • hit 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI versus North Dakota State (4/19) • blasted a home run to highlight four-hit weekend at Northwestern (4/22-4/24) • racked up second straight weekend with four hits, including a double, at Illinois (4/29-5/1) • belted a two-run homer and scored twice in midweek matchup with Kansas (5/4) • tallied three singles and two RBI in series finale against Indiana at home (5/8) • laced four hits with one RBI and reached base safely eight times in series sweep at Purdue (5/13-5/15) • upped his hitting streak to nine consecutive games after picking up five hits in final regular season series against Ohio State (5/19-5/21) • blasted a two-run home run, the first roundtripper of the tournament, in the Big Ten Tournament opener versus Iowa (5/25) • recorded three sacrifices, including one for an RBI, against Michigan (5/26) • tallied a single and two putouts against Wake Forest (6/3).
Played for the Rochester Honkers in the Northwoods League • appeared in 20 games as an infielder • hit .253 and reached base at a .333 mark • tallied 19 hits, including four doubles and one triple • drew nine walks and drove in eight runs • scored seven runs.
2015 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Started 50 games at second base • hit .260 in a team-high 204 at-bats • led the Gophers with 11 doubles and added two triples • scored 24 runs, drove in 15 and walked 17 times • was 10-for-15 on stolen base attempts • second on the team with 17 multi-hit games • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Went 2-for-3 with a double at Houston (2/14) • was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI at Florida Gulf Coast (2/28) • drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the 12th at Creighton, where he hit 2-for-6 with a run (3/7) • had two runs, a walk and a triple in a 2-for-4 game vs. Monmouth (3/15) • also 2-for-4 against VCU (3/16) • went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, a run and two RBIs at Rutgers (4/5) • went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs vs. North Dakota State (4/14) • hit a season-best 4-for-5 with three runs, a double, a walk and stolen base vs. UC-Irvine (5/2) • hit 5-for-13 in the series at Iowa (5/8-5/10) • batted 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI against Michigan State (5/15).
2014 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
The Gophers' Paul Molitor Batting Champion Award after hitting .287 in 195 at-bats • led the team with 19 multi-hit games • also led the team in runs (30), total bases (73), triples (3) and stolen bases (13) • tied for second on the team with 11 doubles • drove in 20 runs, including 12 in Big Ten games • started all 48 games that he played in, 40 of those at second base • had a .748 on base + plus slugging percentage • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Started the season 9-for-9 on stolen bases, including two steals each in Minnesota's first two games at Louisiana Tech (3/1) • hit two doubles against Creighton (2/23) and Purdue (5/11) • had his first career three-hit game against Penn State (4/26), and another against Purdue (5/11) • had five multi-hit games in a row (2/22-3/2) • batted in three Gophers on two hits at Sacramento State (3/16) • went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks in a win over Northwestern (3/22) • scored a season high three runs at Michigan (4/4) • reached base three times and scored a run against Nebraska (4/11) • in the Iowa series, was a total of 5-for-12 (.417) with four runs and two RBIs • had five RBIs on four hits in a double header against Penn State (4/26) • hit two RBI doubles in the Gophers' 2-1 win at Indiana (5/15) • had a game-tying infield hit against Purdue (5/11).
2013 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Named to All-Big Ten Third Team • earned first letter • played in 47 games with 136 at-bats with a .279 batting average, 18 RBIs and a .359 on-base percentage • Started 37 games at second base • had a .993 fielding percentage in 145 chances while fielding 18 double plays • had 10 multi-hit games • held the longest hitting streak (12 games) and reached base streaks (16 games) on the team • batted from the lead-off spot 19 times • 4-5 in stolen base attempts • third on the team in walks (17) and on-base percentage (.359) • fourth on team in batting average (.279) • hit .313 in Big Ten play. Game Highlights: Made first career start at second base against UCLA (2/16) • pinch-hit in a 7-1 win over Western Michigan (2/22) and ended up 2-2 with a run scored • repeated the 2-2 performance the next day against Western Michigan (2/23) while batting in two runs and hitting a double • started against Western Illinois (3/10) and hit an RBI single and RBI double • walked and hit an RBI single in a 6-3 loss to Texas (3/24) • produced two hits and an RBI in four at-bats in a win over Ohio St. (4/5) • went 5-13 (.385) with three RBI and two runs in a three-game sweep of Northwestern (4/12-14) • batted in four runners, scored three times, and walked three times in the Iowa series (4/26-28) while going 4-13 (.308) • reached base four times and scored twice in a 2-3 effort in a 11-2 victory over Penn St. (5/3) • went 1-3 with a walk and run scored against Nebraska (5/11) • started all four games of the Big Ten Tournament (5/22-24) picking up three hits.
Played With O'Gorman and Sioux Falls East Legion • member of the 2011 state championship legion team and the 2012 and 2010 runner-up championship teams • in 2011 with East Legion, hit .464 with 22 doubles, six triples, 30 stolen bases and a .522 on-base percentage with just eight strikeouts in 205 at-bats. In 2011, he and the Sioux Falls East team won the South Dakota State Championship in 2011 • named the most valuable player after hitting .419 for the state runner-up team in 2010 • with O'Gorman, three-time, first-team all-state selection • as a junior, hit .471 batting average and 37 RBI • standout basketball and football athlete • led O'Gorman to a South Dakota Class 2A state championship in basketball and named to the all-tournament team • 2012 all-state honoree and AA Basketball's Player of the year • O'Gorman's starting quarterback his final two seasons • National Honor Society member.
Sports Management major • 2012 graduate of O'Gorman High School • born August 9, 1993 • son of Keith and Ann Schaefbauer.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
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Beav's Buddies: Episodes 1 & 2
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