Northwoods League ends with one Gopher claiming top prize.
Northwoods League regular season comes to a close for Gophers
Gophers pair picked by coaches and media for accolade
A look at how current, former and future Gophers are performing during the summer.
Gophers well represented at Northwoods League annual showcase
Matt Halloran missed a game-winning home run by inches as the Gophers lost to Omaha 10-9 in 11 innings.
2015 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Started 36 games, primarily in center field • batted .291 with a .359 on-base percentage, 30 runs scored and 19 driven in • hit nine doubles and three home runs • recorded a 17-game hitting streak (3/13-4/18) and 21-game on-base streak (3/13-5/9), the longest such streaks by a Gopher in four years • batted 30-for-64 (.469) during the hitting streak, which ended his first game back in the lineup after an injury (5/5) • succeeded on 13 of 16 stolen base attempts, tied for seventh in the Big Ten at the end of the regular season • his seven steals in conference play ranked fifth • hit .312 with six doubles and three home runs in Big Ten play • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs at Houston (2/15) • started his hitting streak with a 2-for-4 day against James Madison (3/13) with two runs, an RBI, a double and a walk • scored a season-high three runs and went 3-for-4 with an RBI against Monmouth (3/15) • led off a game with his first career home run at Maryland (3/21) • went 3-for-3 with two runs vs. St. John's (3/31) • went 3-for-5 with a double, a run, two RBIs and a stolen base at Rutgers, then hit 2-for-5 with two runs, two more RBIS, a home run and another steal in the second game of the doubleheader (4/4) • hit a pair of doubles at Nebraska (4/11) • went 3-for-5 in the second game (4/12) • homered in a 2-for-5, two-run, two-RBI game against Michigan State (5/15).
2014 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Started 29 games in center field, with a .969 fielding percentage • missed some action after an injury early in the season, but re-entered the lineup in late March • nine-game hitting streak was second-longest on team (4/26-5/10) • had nine multi-hit games • had a .283 batting average and .646 on-base + slugging percentage • went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and run scored against Northern Illinois (2/15) • in the Michigan series (4/4-6) went 2-for-6 (.300) with a stolen base and run scored • hit a double while going 2-for-2 in an extra innings loss to Nebraska (4/13) • swiped a base in a multi-hit game against Iowa (4/19) • hit 3-for-4 with a triple at Iowa (4/20) • had four hits, two RBIs, three runs, a stolen base and was hit by pitch in a doubleheader against Penn State (4/26) • hit two doubles against Augsburg (5/6) • had a season-high three RBIs in a 2-for-5 effort against Purdue (5/10) • scored both of Minnesota's runs in a win at Indiana (5/15) • received the team's George Thomas Most Improved Player Award • Academic All-Big Ten.
2013 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Played in 27 games, starting in 14 • batted .194 with a .356 on-base percentage • scored eight runs and had three RBI • had a 1.000 fielding percentage and 28 putouts • started and smacked a double against Western Michigan for his first collegiate hit (2/23) • batted 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs vs. Utah (3/2) • walked twice and drove in a run vs. Western Illinois (3/8) • went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI against Iowa (4/26).
In summer 2014, played for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League.
Two-time all-state selection as a junior and senior with Burnsville Blaze • named a finalist for the Lions Male Amateur Athlete of the Year • Lions All-Star • Academic All-State • Mr. Baseball finalist • starting centerfielder for the Blaze • as a senior, batted .413 with 14 runs batted in, 29 runs scored and had an on-base percentage of .478 • team captain as a senior • batted .456 as a junior, with a school record 41 runs scored, had 18 runs batted in and 25 stolen bases in just 27 games • helped the Blaze to the Minnesota Class AAA State Championship in 2011 • all-conference selection as a junior and senior in baseball as well as all-conference in football (quarterback) • played summer American Legion ball with the Burnsville Cobras.
Sports Management major • Born January 20, 1994 • son of Kevin and Mary Motl • has two older siblings, Kyle and Mandy • father, Kevin, played football at Wisconsin and grandfather was a part of the 1941 national championship basketball team, also at Wisconsin • enjoys going to the family cabin, hunting and fishing.
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.