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Played for the Willmar Stingers in the Northwoods League • played in 63 games and hit .312 • held a slugging percentage of .437 and got on base at a .413 clip • laced 72 hits, including 13 doubles, five triples and three home runs, and added 21 RBI • finished in the top-15 in the NWL in average, runs, triples and walks (40) • recorded a hit in 46 games • held a 10-game hitting streak and a pair of 6-game streaks • participated in the NWL All-Star Game at the midway point of the season • tabbed NWL Postseason All-Star • played in NWL Major League Showcase.
2015 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Started 36 games, primarily in center field • batted .291 with a .359 on-base percentage, 30 runs scored and 19 driven in • hit nine doubles and three home runs • recorded a 17-game hitting streak (3/13-4/18) and 21-game on-base streak (3/13-5/9), the longest such streaks by a Gopher in four years • batted 30-for-64 (.469) during the hitting streak, which ended his first game back in the lineup after an injury (5/5) • succeeded on 13 of 16 stolen base attempts, tied for seventh in the Big Ten at the end of the regular season • his seven steals in conference play ranked fifth • hit .312 with six doubles and three home runs in Big Ten play • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs at Houston (2/15) • started his hitting streak with a 2-for-4 day against James Madison (3/13) with two runs, an RBI, a double and a walk • scored a season-high three runs and went 3-for-4 with an RBI against Monmouth (3/15) • led off a game with his first career home run at Maryland (3/21) • went 3-for-3 with two runs vs. St. John's (3/31) • went 3-for-5 with a double, a run, two RBIs and a stolen base at Rutgers, then hit 2-for-5 with two runs, two more RBIS, a home run and another steal in the second game of the doubleheader (4/4) • hit a pair of doubles at Nebraska (4/11) • went 3-for-5 in the second game (4/12) • homered in a 2-for-5, two-run, two-RBI game against Michigan State (5/15).
2014 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Started 29 games in center field, with a .969 fielding percentage • missed some action after an injury early in the season, but re-entered the lineup in late March • nine-game hitting streak was second-longest on team (4/26-5/10) • had nine multi-hit games • had a .283 batting average and .646 on-base + slugging percentage • received the team's George Thomas Most Improved Player Award • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and run scored against Northern Illinois (2/15) • in the Michigan series (4/4-6) went 2-for-6 (.300) with a stolen base and run scored • hit a double while going 2-for-2 in an extra innings loss to Nebraska (4/13) • swiped a base in a multi-hit game against Iowa (4/19) • hit 3-for-4 with a triple at Iowa (4/20) • had four hits, two RBIs, three runs, a stolen base and was hit by pitch in a doubleheader against Penn State (4/26) • hit two doubles against Augsburg (5/6) • had a season-high three RBIs in a 2-for-5 effort against Purdue (5/10) • scored both of Minnesota's runs in a win at Indiana (5/15).
2013 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Played in 27 games, starting in 14 • batted .194 with a .356 on-base percentage • scored eight runs and had three RBI • had a 1.000 fielding percentage and 28 putouts. Game Highlights: Started and smacked a double against Western Michigan for his first collegiate hit (2/23) • batted 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs vs. Utah (3/2) • walked twice and drove in a run vs. Western Illinois (3/8) • went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI against Iowa (4/26).
Two-time all-state selection as a junior and senior with Burnsville Blaze • named a finalist for the Lions Male Amateur Athlete of the Year • Lions All-Star • Academic All-State • Mr. Baseball finalist • starting centerfielder for the Blaze • as a senior, batted .413 with 14 runs batted in, 29 runs scored and had an on-base percentage of .478 • team captain as a senior • batted .456 as a junior, with a school record 41 runs scored, had 18 runs batted in and 25 stolen bases in just 27 games • helped the Blaze to the Minnesota Class AAA State Championship in 2011 • all-conference selection as a junior and senior in baseball as well as all-conference in football (quarterback) • played summer American Legion ball with the Burnsville Cobras.
Sports Management major • Born January 20, 1994 • son of Kevin and Mary Motl • has two older siblings, Kyle and Mandy • father, Kevin, played football at Wisconsin and grandfather was a part of the 1941 national championship basketball team, also at Wisconsin • enjoys going to the family cabin, hunting and fishing.
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