Pitching coach Todd Oakes has five arms at his disposal who can make a large impact
Senior southpaw on watch list for nation's top relief pitcher
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.
2016 • SENIOR SEASON:
Tossed 2.2 innings in a relief appearance versus Oregon State (2/21) • earned the save after throwing 2.0 innings and striking out two at Campbell (2/28) • struck out two and got out of a bases-loaded jam at Georgia State (3/6) • tossed 2.0 innings with six strikeouts and allowed just one hit in two relief appearances at Seattle U (3/12-14) • made an appearance on the mound at Utah Valley (3/20) • converted a save opportunity at No. 23 Missouri State (3/26) by striking out the final batter in the series-clinching win • tossed the final 1.2 innings of relief and allowed just one hit while converting a save versus Iowa (4/3) • totaled three strikeouts in 1.1 innings of relief against South Dakota State (4/12) • locked down two saves with three strikeouts and did not allow a hit in 1.2 combined innings versus Maryland (4/15-4/17) • earned the save in the series-opening win at Northwestern (4/22) • struck out the side in the series-clinching win at Illinois (5/1) • totaled three strikeouts in 2.0 innings of work versus Kansas (5/4) • tossed the final 2.0 frames and struck out two to secure the save in an 8-6 win against Indiana (5/7) • pitched a flawless stanza with one strikeout in home contest versus Indiana (5/8) • earned his eighth save of the season with a five-pitch final inning at Purdue (5/13).
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.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
Pitching Coach Todd Oakes Passes Away At 55
Minnesota assistant baseball coach Todd Oakes passed away today after a courageous and public battle with leukemia. Oakes, who coached the Minnesota pitching staff, was 55.
Gophers Drop Out of B1G Tournament
Minnesota falls to Michigan 3-2 in an elimination game on Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park
Minnesota Falls in B1G Tournament Opener
Gophers play at 1 p.m. in an elimination game tomorrow afternoon against either Michigan or Ohio State