Micah Coffey, Toby Hanson, and Luke Pettersen each represent the Gophers in leagues around the country.
Pettersen earns PGCBL All-Star bid; Hanson hitting streak continues
Multiple Gophers will be playing in summer leagues this year while alumni are playing in the minor leagues or independent ball. Keep up to date with them with our weekly Summer Roundup.
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.
See how the Gophers ended up doing on their summer teams.
2017 SUMMER BASEBALL Played for the Saugerties Stallions in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League • slashed .297/.382/.315 on the season, leading Saugerties to a playoff appearance • lifted three doubles, drove in 17 runs, and scored 29 times in 44 games • selected to the 2017 PGCBL All-Star Game as an infielder.
2017 | JUNIOR Led the Gophers with a .354 batting average with 69 hits in 56 games • had an on-base percentage of .411 • drove in 30 runs and stole one base • had a .309 batting average in conference play • Academic All-Big Team • earned the Paul Molitor Batting Champion Award. Game Highlights: Went 4-4 with two runs scored and a RBI at UC Irvine (2/18) • was 4-5 with two RBIs at UC Irvine (2/19) • collected two hits and one RBI vs Seattle U (2/24) • was 3-4 wtih one walk, one RBI and scored one run vs Seattle U (2/26) • went 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored vs Iowa (3/5) • had two hits and scored two runs vs Milwaukee (3/8) • went 2-3 with a walk at Ohio State (3/25) • picked up three hits, two walks and three RBIs at Kansas (3/28) • drove in one run on two hits at Michigan State (4/1) • went 2-4 with one run scored vs Nebraska (4/22) • collected two hits at Northern Illinois (4/25) • scored one run after recording two hits vs Illinois (4/29) • recorded a double with another hit and a walk vs Illinois (4/29) • scored three runs on two walks vs Georgia State (5/2) • drove in three RBIs on two hits at Penn State (5/6) • was 2-4 with three RBIs, scored two runs and stole one base vs No. 10 Long Beach State (5/13) • collected three hits vs No. 10 Long Beach State (5/14) • scored one run on two hits in the first game of a doubleheader vs Purdue (5/19) • went 3-3 with one walk, one RBI and scored two runs in the second game of a doubleheader vs Purdue (5/19) • picked up two hits and two runs at Indiana (5/24) in the Big Ten Tournament • drove in two runs on one hit vs Northwestern (5/26) • was 2-4 with one RBI, one run scored and one stolent base vs Indiana (5/26) • scored four runs on two doubles and one walk vs Iowa (5/27) • drove in two runs on two hits vs Iowa (5/27) in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
2016 SUMMER BASEBALL Played eight games for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters of the Northwoods League • had a .238 batting average and one RBI.
2016 | SOPHOMORE Played in 40 games and started 25 • hit .281 with 27 hits, including a pair of doubles • reached base at a .343 clip • laid down five sacrifice bunts, which tied for third on the team • was involved in 116 outs defensively • rattled off nine hits and scored three runs in Big Ten play • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: 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) • went 1-for-2 in regular season finale against Ohio State (5/21) • drilled the first two doubles of his career to highlight a 3-for-6 showing that included two runs in the Big Ten Tournament (5/25-5/26) • appeared in the field and had an at-bat against Wake Forest (6/5).
2015 SUMMER BASEBALL 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 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).
HIGH SCHOOL 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.
PERSONAL 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
Gophers Adapt and Grow in Fresh Fall Format
A string of injuries to position players proved a blessing in disguise as Gopher Baseball changed up the format during fall ball and saw growth around the diamond.
Gophers welcome fans to six open scrimmage dates
As the fall practice season continues, Gopher Baseball can announce dates for six open scrimmages over the next three weeks.
Minor League Wrap-Up: Sept. 15
University of Minnesota alumni concluded their minor league seasons this week with several cracking postseason play.