Matt Halloran missed a game-winning home run by inches as the Gophers lost to Omaha 10-9 in 11 innings.
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).
HIGH SCHOOL: 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.
PERSONAL: 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 team, also at Wisconsin enjoys going to the family cabin, hunting and fishing.