9 Michael Handel  
Michael Handel

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Sun Prairie, Wis.

High School:
Sun Prairie

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 188

Position:
SS

Experience:
1

Bats/Throws:
R/R


05/18/2013

Minnesota Shuts Out Illinois to Solidify Tournament Berth

The Gophers used two pitchers to complete the 2-0 shutout

05/04/2013

Gophers Produce Early Runs to Win, 7-3 Over Penn State

Minnesota scored runs in the second, third and fourth to win, 7-3

05/03/2013

Gopher Baseball Pounces Nittany Lions, 11-2

Trailing 2-1, Minnesota scored six in the fourth inning for 27th win of the season.

04/15/2013

Seventh Annual Golden Goldys Handed Out at TCF Bank Stadium

Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics

04/14/2013

Anderson Collects 500th Career Conference Win With Northwestern Sweep

Minnesota sweeps the Wildcats with a 7-1 win to improve to 7-2 in league action

05/23/2013

Gophers Rally Past Illini

Minnesota rallied for a 3-2 win over Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

03/23/2013

Windle, Gophers Beat Texas

Tom Windle struck out a career-high 12 as Minnesota beat Texas 5-1.

03/14/2013

Gophers Belt Three Homers

Matt Halloran missed a game-winning home run by inches as the Gophers lost to Omaha 10-9 in 11 innings.

03/13/2013

Gophers Drop Mavericks

The Gopher baseball team won its fifth game in a row with a 6-1 triumph over Nebraska Omaha.

02/28/2013

Gophers Rally Past Bison

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.

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2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Earned his second letter • 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 • letterwinner • 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).

2011:
Red-shirted the season.

HIGH SCHOOL:
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.

PERSONAL:
Son of Randy and Kathy Handel • his dad was a former college teammate of Minnesota Assistant Head Coach Rob Fornasiere at Wisconsin-La Crosse • major is undecided • lists his biggest sports thrill as playing at Wrigley Field • born on July 24, 1991.