Forced to change up their format, Gopher Baseball got creative and saw significant growth during their fall season
The University of Minnesota will be placing 18 stuedent-athletes in summer leagues this year, setting an NCAA and Northwoods League record for most student-athletes placed in one program in back-to-back years.
The University of Minnesota’s Jordan Kozicky was named freshman of the week Monday by the Big Ten after recording a .563 batting average (9-16) and a .632 on-base percentage.
See how the Gophers ended up doing on their summer teams.
The latest info and stats of Gophers in the majors, minors and summer leagues.
2017 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Had a .325 batting average with four home runs, 11 doubles, 28 RBIs and scored 38 runs • posted a .421 on-base percentage with 25 walks • batted .351 in Big Ten play with three home runs and 21 RBIs • had a 36-game on-base streak during the season • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (4/17) • Big Ten All-Freshman Team • was awarded the Dick Siebert MVP Memorial Award. Game Highlights: Made his collegiate debut as a pinch hitter vs Seattle U (2/25) • picked up his first career hit with a double vs Oral Roberts (3/3) • scored one run on one hit vs Missouri State (3/12) • drove in two runs at Sacramento State (3/17) • was 2-4 with two runs and two RBIs along with a triple in the first game of a doubleheader at Ohio State (3/25) • had two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs at Kansas (3/28) • recorded two RBIs on one hit at Michigan State (4/1) • reached base three times on one hit and two walks at NDSU (4/11) • recorded a season high five hits at Indiana (4/15) along with his first career home run, three RBIs, three runs scored and one stolen base • was 2-3 with one dobule and one walk at Indiana (4/16) • had one double vs Nebraska (4/23) • recorded three hits and one stolen base while scoring one run vs Illinois (4/28) • picked up two doubles, one run scored and one RBI vs Illinois (4/29) • was 3-5 with three runs scored and one stolen base vs Georgia State (5/2) • drove in two runs on one hit at Penn State (5/5) • scored three runs after recording one hit and two walks at Penn State (5/6) • was 2-5 with three RBIs in the final game at Penn State (5/7) • reached base three times vs No. 10 Long Beach State (5/12) with two hits and one walk • scored two runs after recording two walks vs No. 10 Long Beach State (5/13) • smacked two home runs for three RBIs vs Rutgers (5/16) • drove in two runs with a home run vs Indiana (5/24) in the Big Ten Tournament • had two doubles vs Indiana (5/26) in the Big Ten Tournament • scored two runs after recording two hits vs Iowa (5/27) in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
2016 SUMMER BASEBALL Played in 49 games for the Mankato MoonDogs of the Northwoods League • had a .260 batting average with three home runs, 18 RBIs, 27 runs scored and stole four bases • he was named to the Northwoods League All-Star Team and the Major League Dreams Showcase.
2016 | FRESHMAN Redshirted the season.
HIGH SCHOOL Graduated from Minneapolis Southwest High School in 2015 • Hit .515 with 10 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 23 RBIs for Southwest • walked six times and struck out only four times, with a .514 on-base percentage • 2015 Male Athlete of the Year at Minneapolis Southwest • two-time all-section player and three-time All-Minneapolis City Conference selection • batted .464 with 10 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 23 RBIs in 2014 summer Legion ball • two-time team MVP • honor roll student and also an all-conference football player for the Lakers.
PERSONAL Plans to major in economics • son of Aron Kozicky and Molly Kuehn • has three sisters, Amelia, Isabella and Lola, and two brothers, Elijah and Noah • lists hitting for the cycle that included two home runs as his greatest sports thrill • born Feb. 16, 1997.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
Eight to Join Gophers in Spring 2019
11/17/2017 - Baseball
John Anderson has announced the signing of eight athletes to its incoming class, each signing National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period.
Former Gopher McIntosh Joins Cape Cod Hall of Fame
11/16/2017 - Baseball
This Saturday, former Major Leaguer and Gopher Baseball alumnus Tim McIntosh will be enshrined in the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame along with seven others at the Chatham Bars Inn.
Vavra Believes Back Issues are Behind Him
11/10/2017 - Baseball
Terrin Vavra is a year removed from a back injury that affected his training the last two seasons and is ready to lead the Gophers on and off the field.