The Gophers used two pitchers to complete the 2-0 shutout
Minnesota scored runs in the second, third and fourth to win, 7-3
Trailing 2-1, Minnesota scored six in the fourth inning for 27th win of the season.
Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics
Minnesota sweeps the Wildcats with a 7-1 win to improve to 7-2 in league action
Minnesota rallied for a 3-2 win over Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Tom Windle struck out a career-high 12 as Minnesota beat Texas 5-1.
Matt Halloran missed a game-winning home run by inches as the Gophers lost to Omaha 10-9 in 11 innings.
The Gopher baseball team won its fifth game in a row with a 6-1 triumph over Nebraska Omaha.
Michael Handel hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie in a 4-2 win at the Metrodome.
2015 • REDSHIRT SENIOR SEASON:
Garnered All-Big Ten Second Team honors • named the Gophers’ Richard “Chief” Siebert Most Valuable Player • also Minnesota’s Paul Molitor Batting Champion with a .328 season average • led the Gophers with a .469 slugging percentage, .380 on base percentage and five home runs • drove in 30 runs and scored 22 • batted a team-high .385 with 15 RBIs and .526 slugging during Big Ten play • played in 48 games over the season, making 45 starts at shortstop • conference batting average ranked sixth, and Big Ten slugging and on-base numbers ranked 15th • overall average ranked 15th in the conference at the end of the regular season • notched a team-high 18 multi-hit games and tied for the lead with seven multi-RBI games • put together a 17-game on-base streak (3/29-4/28) • converted all seven stolen base attempts. Game Highlights: Started the season going 2-for-4 with a run at Houston (2/13) • went 2-for-4 with a run scored at FGCU (2/27) and went 2-for-5 with a run and RBI two days later (3/1) • drove in four runs, including a three-run home run, at Creighton (3/7) • hit 2-for-4 with an RBI and run the next day (3/8) • batted 9-for-15 in the series at Rutgers (4/4-4/5) • went 3-for-5 and 4-for-5 in a doubleheader, with two RBIs in each game and two doubles in the second (4/4) • went 2-for-2 with a home run, double, two RBIs and two runs against Carelton (4/8) • hit 4-for-5 with a home run, double, and four RBIs in a win over Penn State (4/18) • homered against South Dakota State (4/22) • went 2-for-4 with two RBIs against Michigan (4/26) • batted 3-for-5 with a solo home run against Michigan State (4/15).
2014 • REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON:
Made 41 starts, 40 at shortstop • hit .261 (.345 on-base and .405 slugging) with 21 RBIs in 153 at-bats • hit for an average of .296 in Big Ten play • slugging percentage of .521 within Big Ten play ranked seventh • had 11 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games • second on the team with three home runs and tied for second with 11 doubles • maintained a .940 fielding percentage in 184 chances • went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk in the series opener vs. Creighton (2/21) • had two hits and a run scored at Sacramento State (3/15) • had two games with four RBIs: went 3-for-5 at St. Mary's (3/18) and hit a grand slam vs. Northwestern (3/22) • homered at Michigan (4/5) • went 4-for-5 with a double against Nebraska (4/11) • hit a home run at Iowa (4/18), and hit 3-for-5 with three doubles in the next game (4/19) • named Big Ten Player of the Week (4/13-20) after hitting 6-for-13 with six RBIs, a home run and four doubles against NDSU and Iowa • was 3-for-5 with two RBIs in a win over Penn State (4/26) • hit 2-for-4 with an RBI double against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament (5/21).
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Played in 52 games, starting all but one • started all of those 51 games at shortstop • batted .245 in 192 at bats with a .673 OPS • set career highs in at bats (192), hits (47), runs (27), RBI (20), doubles (6), triples (2), HR (3), walks (20), and stolen bases (9) • held a .941 fielding percentage at shortstop and lead the team in fielding assists with 168 • 9-10 in stolen base attempts • led the team in stolen bases (9) and stolen base % (.900) for those over 10 attempts • second on the team in runs scored (27), at-bats (192), and walks (20) • led the team in home runs (3) • had 12 multiple hit games and seven multiple RBI games • reached base in the first 10 games of the season (2/15-3/2) including a five game hit streak (2/23-3/2) • in the season opener, went 3-5 with a double, two runs, and two RBI against UCLA (2/15) • set a single game career high with three runs against Nebraska-Omaha (3/13), while going 3-5 with two RBI and a home run • reached base four times against Texas (3/23) • had a season high three RBI in the North Dakota St. game (4/24) • went 4/13 (.308) with three runs, two RBI, 2 BB, and 2 HBP in the series against Iowa (4/26-28) • had a career high three walks in the Milwaukee game (5/8) • had an RBI single against Illinois in an elimination game of the Big Ten Tournament.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
All-Big Ten Freshman Team • played in 49 games, including 45 as a starter • started in 35 straight games until he suffered a shoulder injury • moved from shortstop to second for the remainder of the season • as a starting infielder, held a fielding percentage of .970 with 67 putouts and ranked second on the team with 126 assists • batted .265 in 155 at bats and 12 RBI • produced two home runs, one triple, three doubles and 52 total bases • tied a team-high 18 walks and eight steals • had 11 multiple-hit games • made his collegiate debut and earned his first collegiate hit in the 7-3 win against Louisville (2/17) • hit a home run and went 2-4 with a run scored against Nebraska (3/4) • went 5-11 in the Cal Poly series when he had two multiple-hit games (3/17-19) • went 2-3 in the 3-0 win over The Citadel (3/24) • held a career-high game when he went 4-4 with four stolen bases, a walk and three runs scored against South Dakota State (3/28) • was 4-11 in the Michigan series (3/30-4/1) • went 2-5 in the 4-3 Iowa win (4/29) • hit his second home run of the season in the home series finale win over Penn State (5/6).
Red-shirted the season.
Graduated from Sun Prairie High School • was coached by Rob Hamilton and Peter Gumina • named All-State and All-Area in 2009 and 2010, and received First-Team All-Conference honors in the same years and second-team honors in 2008 • four-year letterwinner in baseball and was a three-year letterwinner in basketball • helped lead his team to a conference title in his senior season, as he batted .429 with 27 runs, 17 stolen bases, nine doubles and 25 RBI in his senior season • also played in the 2008 & 2009 World Wood Bat National Tournament in Georgia and Jupiter, Fla.
Business and Marketing Education major • son of Randy and Kathy Handel • his dad was a former college teammate of Minnesota Assistant Head Coach Rob Fornasiere at Wisconsin-La Crosse • lists his biggest sports thrill as playing at Wrigley Field • born on July 24, 1991.
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.