Preview the upcoming 2016 with a look at the infielders on the Gophers roster
Blog entry written by sophomore infielder Luke Pettersen
After a successful first season with the Gophers, Luke Pettersen enters his sophomore season on campus
Northwoods League ends with one Gopher claiming top prize.
Check in with the current, future and past Gophers on the diamond this summer.
2016 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Started and went 1-for-3 with a walk in the season-opening win against Utah (2/19) • hit 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and runs scored versus Oregon State (2/21) • picked up three hits and an RBI at Georgia State (3/4-3/6) • set a new career-high with three RBI in a 2-for-5 performance at Seattle U (3/16) • hit 2-for-6 with a run and drew at walk in a three-game series with Utah Valley (3/18-3/20) • notched a single and swiped a base against Augsburg (3/22) • tallied a pair of singles and a stolen base versus Saint Mary's (3/30) • drew a walk in an appearance at shortstop against Northern Illinois (4/6) • set a season-high with three hits and added an RBI against Maryland (4/15) • produced back-to-back 1-for-4 performances and totaled 10 defensive outs in the final two games of the series versus Maryland (4/16-4/17) • secured singles and scored a run in starts against North Dakota State (4/19) and at Northwestern (4/24) • crossed the plate twice and registered a run at North Dakota State (4/26) and at Illinois (4/29) • netted a pair of singles in games against Indiana (5/8) and at Purdue (5/14) • started at third base for the first time in his career and played a flawless game in the field at Purdue (5/15).
Played for the Alexandria Blue Anchors in the Northwoods League • appeared in 39 games, primarily in the infield • accumulated 31 hits and batted .252 • reached base at a .366 clip • drew 20 walks and drove in eight runs • finished season with a hit in six of final seven games, amassing 12 hits in that span.
2015 • FRESHMAN SEASON
Played in 17 games, making six starts at shortstop • hit .280 in 25 at-bats, scoring five runs and driving in two. Game Highlights: Made his collegiate debut at Maryland, and collected his first hit and RBI on a squeeze bunt in the second game of the doubleheader (3/21) • 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI vs. Northwestern (3/27) • batted 2-for-3 with a triple against Northwestern (3/29) • tallied one hit each against St. John's (3/31) and Carleton (4/8) and at North Dakota State (5/5).
Graduated cum laude from Minnetonka High School in 2014 • hit .372 with 26 runs and 10 steals as a senior • 2014 All-State Second Team selection • All-Lake Conference in 2014, and honorable mention in 2013 • played for the Metro West in the 2014 Play Ball! Minnesota High School Baseball All-Star Series • batted .350 with a .466 on-base percentage as a junior • named to the 2013 all-state tournament team after helping the Skippers take third place • coached by Paul Twenge • helped lead Excelsior Legion to a third-place finish in the 2014 state tournament • batted .398 with a .516 on-base percentage, 51 runs, 24 RBIs, 24 walks, 18 times hit by pitch, 11 doubles and 21 steals in Legion ball • 2013 Legion sub-state MVP • also a basketball letterwinner.
Intends to major in business • son of Paul and Lisa Pettersen • Paul played baseball at Gustavus • has two brothers, AJ and Josh, and a sister, Hannah • brother AJ played for the Gophers (2009-11) • born July 24, 1995.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
Minnesota Earns No. 1 Seed in B1G Tournament
Gophers to face Iowa in a rematch from the regular season on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. in Omaha, Neb.
Buckeyes Edge Gophers in Regular Season Finale
Minnesota collects 13 hits but the Buckeyes win on a 10th-inning home run in the teams' last game before traveling to Omaha
Gophers Claim B1G Regular Season Crown
Minnesota defeats Ohio State 4-3 for first conference regular season title since 2010