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
Northwoods League ends with one Gopher claiming top prize.
Northwoods League regular season comes to a close for Gophers
Gophers pair picked by coaches and media for accolade
Matt Halloran missed a game-winning home run by inches as the Gophers lost to Omaha 10-9 in 11 innings.
2016 • SENIOR SEASON:
Notched a double and an RBI in the season opener versus Utah (2/19) • hit 2-for-4 with two runs, a double and an RBI against Utah Valley (2/20) • tallied a pair of 2-for-5 performances and scored a run in contests at Campbell (2/26-27) • recorded 18 putouts in four starts in center field at Seattle U (3/11-16) • went 4-for-8 with two runs, two walks and an RBI at Utah Valley (3/18-3/20) • hit 2-for-3 an RBI and scored a run against Augsburg (3/22) • tallied a pair of RBI singles in series win at No. 23 Missouri State (3/25-26) • picked up two hits, scored twice and recorded a putout in doubleheader split with Iowa (4/3) • went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI against Northern Illinois (4/6) • broke open the back end of the twin bill at No. 25 Michigan with an RBI single (4/8) • laced a run-scoring single and drew a walk against South Dakota State (4/12) • drilled four hits, including one double and a triple, and added three RBI in series win versus Maryland (4/15-17).
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.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
Gophers Travel to Illinois for Weekend Tilt
Minnesota faces Illinois for first time since 2013 this weekend in Champaign, Ill.
Minnesota Drops Contest to North Dakota State
Gophers upset by Bison in midweek non-conference clash in Fargo, N.D. on Tuesday night
Athmann Selected Big Ten Player of the Week
Junior hit .500, slugged 1.000 and extended his on-base streak to 25 games in a row last week