Northwoods League ends with one Gopher claiming top prize.
Northwoods League regular season comes to a close for Gophers
A look at how current, former and future Gophers are performing during the summer.
Gophers well represented at Northwoods League annual showcase
Check in with the current, future and past Gophers on the diamond this summer.
Played for the La Crosse Loggers in the Northwoods League • touted a 4-1 record in 26 relief appearances • maintained a 1.30 ERA through 34.2 innings pitched • held a 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ration with a total of 47 strikeouts • allowed only 18 hits all season and held opponents to a .145 batting average • boasted a .952 WHIP • finished third in the league in ERA among pitchers to make more than 20 appearances and throw 30-plus innings • played in the NWL Major League Showcase.
2015 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Named the Gophers' George Thomas Most Improved Player • led the team with 22 appearances and three saves • had a 3.86 ERA and 1-2 record in 25.2 innings pitched • struck out 25 batters and walked 12 • had a 2.40 ERA, .167 opponent batting average and all three of his saves in 14 Big Ten appearances • had 16 strikeouts and six walks in conference play • turned in seven straight appearances without allowing an earned run (4/4-4/25) • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: First four outings of the season were scoreless at Houston (2/15), Texas (2/21 and 2/22) and Florida Gulf Coast (2/27) • struck out three in 1.1 scoreless innings at Maryland (3/22) • entered with two men on base to earn a 2.1-inning save with two strikeouts at Nebraska (4/10) • earned a save throwing 2.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts against Penn State (4/17) • struck out three in 1.1 innings while allowing one run against Michigan (4/25) • strung together three hitless appearances at Iowa (5/8 and 5/10) and against Michigan State (5/15), and added a scoreless, three-strikeout outing against Michigan State (5/15).
2014 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Made nine starts and four relief appearances • had a 5.90 ERA and 0-6 record in 39.2 innings pitched, striking out 23 batters • held hitters to a .265 batting average. Game Highlights: Went 3.0 scoreless innings on four hits against Northern Illinois (2/15) • allowed hits and two runs in 4.2 innings pitched in a no-decision to Louisiana Tech (3/1) • struck out a season-high five batters and gave up one run on two hits at Coastal Carolina (3/8) • pitched a season-high 5.1 innings, allowing five hits, three runs (two earned runs), and two walks in a losing effort at Sacramento State (3/15) • struck out three in 4.0 innings pitch while allowing three runs, one earned, against Michigan (4/5) • came in relief against Concordia-Moorhead (5/7) and did not allow a run, while striking out two.
Started all four games in which he made an appearance • pitched a total of 17.0 innings to a 5.82 ERA and a 1-1 record • set career lows in hits allowed (19), earned runs (11), walks (6), and WHIP (1.47) • pitched to a 3.19 ERA in his final three starts. Game Highlights: Went 6.0 innings, allowing only three hits, two walks and one earned run while striking out a career high of seven against Western Michigan (2/24) • started the Northern Illinois game, lasted 5.0 innings, giving up only one run while striking out two • struck out four and only walked one in 3.1 innings against Western Illinois (3/10) • sidelined the remainder of the 2013 season due to an injury.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Appeared in 12 games and had five starts as a freshman • held a 2-2 record in 24.2 innings pitched and a 4.01 ERA • struck out 22 batters and allowed 11 earned runs. Game Highlights: Made his collegiate debut against South Florida (2/19) • made his first collegiate start against Hamline (3/7) when he held the Pipers scoreless and gave up two hits in three innings pitched • went three innings against North Dakota State (3/21) and held the Bison to one hit, three strikeouts and one walk in 3.0 innings • allowed two runs in the win over South Dakota State (3/28) • pitched 2.0 innings against Augsburg (4/3) • started against SDSU (4/11) and went 3.1 inninga with four strikeouts and a walk • struck out a career-high five batters in his longest outing of the season against Nebraska-Omaha (4/17) • saw action against Penn State and held a strikeout in the 0.1 inning he pitched (5/5).
Graduated from Ripon High School and played for coaches Dan Jonas, Bill Kinziger and Howard Hansen • was named the 2011 Fox 11 Large School Player of the Year and the 2011 Class A State Legion Most Valuable Player • also selected as the Oshkosh Northwestern All-Area Player of the Year and was selected to participate in the Wisconsin American Legion All-Star game at Miller Park • was named a second-team all-state pitcher his senior year • named his conference and district's player of the year and was also named to first-team all -conference and all-district • also an all-conference honoree in 2009 • led the Tigers to a 20-3 overall record en route to a conference and Division 2 State Championship in 2011 • went 10-0 in 65 innings pitched and held a 1.14 ERA with 117 strikeouts his senior year • four-year letterwinner in baseball and two year letterwinner in basketball • in Legion baseball, went 6-1 in 32 innings pitched and a 3.28 ERA, 70 strikeouts and 15 earned runs • played for the Wisconsin Rivercats, the GRB Rays and the Cincinnati Reds Midwest scout team • Academic All-State and National Honor Society member.
Sports Management major • son of Lee and Cathy Jess • has an older brother, Jeremy • born on January 29, 1993 • signed up for the bone marrow/stem cell registry through Be the Match following pitching coach Todd Oakes' cancer diagnosis and was a donor for a patient in 2013 • lists winning the 2011 Division 2 High School State Championship as his most memorable sports thrill • likes to play pool, ping pong, golf and cards.
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