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.
Check in with the current, future and past Gophers on the diamond this summer.
Check in on the week that was in Gopher baseball
2015 • REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Played in 33 games, including 19 starts at catcher, in the outfield and as the designated hitter • batted .287 with 15 runs, 15 RBIs, seven doubles and three home runs • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Belted his first career home run and scored twice at Florida Gulf Coast (3/1) • hit 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI at Richmond (3/17) • had second home run of the season, plus another run and two RBIs vs. St. John's (3/31) • went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs at Nebraska (4/11) • notched third home run of the season in a 2-for-5, two-RBI day against UC-Irvine (5/3) • had a season-high three hits with one run at North Dakota State (5/5) • batted 2-for-5 with a run, an RBI and a double against Michigan State (5/15).
2014 • REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON:
Hit .297 with a .333 on-base percentage in 37 at-bats • started 10 games at catcher, left field or right field • had a .926 fielding percentage • hit .286 in Big Ten play • hit 1-for-2 with two RBIs in his debut vs. Northern Illinois (2/15) • was 1-2 with a sac-fly at Sacramento State (3/15) • followed up with another 1-for-2 day with an RBI three days later at St. Mary's College (3/18) • had an RBI single in three at-bats against South Dakota State (4/9) • went 3-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a triple vs. Augsburg (5/6) • had two hits and an RBI in a win over Purdue (5/9) • scored the winning run in Purdue series finale (5/11) • Academic All-Big Ten.
Red-shirted the season.
In summer 2014, played for Springfield Sliders of the Prospect League.
Played with Burnsville High School and the Burnsville Cobras • was one of team captains in 2012 for the Blaze and the starting shortstop • 2012 Lions All-Star selection • member of Burnsville High School that won the state championship in 2011 • named a first-team all-state and all-conference • as a junior, held a .500 batting average with 36 RBI and 43 hits, three home runs and three triples • sophomore season with the Blaze, Stemper also was an all-state honoree after posting a .375 batting average and 20 RBI in 30 hits and five doubles en route to a state championship runner-up • played with the Burnsville Cobras American Legion Team, including a .420 and 44 RBI with nine home runs, 51 runs, 13 stolen bases and doubles in 2011 • National Honor Society member.
Economics major • graduated from Burnsville in 2012 • born Oct. 14, 1993 • son of Bob and Deb Stemper • sister Shannon, was a member of the Gopher softball team • sister, Heather, played softball at Minnesota Duluth.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
Around the Bases with Matt Fiedler
Junior Matt Fiedler has been all over the diamond early in his Gophers career.
Around the Bases with Jeff Fasching
Jeff Fasching, a sophomore pitcher, tossed eight innings of relief for the Gophers last season.
Around the Bases with Luke Pettersen
After a successful first season with the Gophers, Luke Pettersen enters his sophomore season on campus.