2015 • SENIOR SEASON:
Made two starts before an arm injury ended his season • had an 0-1 record and pitched a total of 4.0 innings and allowed five earned runs • pitched 2.2 innings at Houston, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks and striking out one (2/15) • threw 1.1 innings at Texas, striking one out and allowing three runs before leaving the game with an injury.
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Joined the team as a walk-on in fall of 2013•appeared in 11 games • started his career with three scoreless appearances • entered the starting rotation against Iowa (4/20), and made five starts • in his first two starts, pitched a combined 13.0 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts • had a 2.84 era in 44.1 innings pitched, with 23 strikeouts and 10 walks • was 1-1 in Big Ten play • tied for fourth within Big Ten play in opponent batting average (.214) • did not allow a home run this season • threw 3.1 scoreless innings against Saint Mary's College (3/19), picking up his first career win • pitched 3.1 innings, striking out two and allowing no runs at South Dakota State (4/9) • in his first career start, pitched 6.0 scoreless innings and allowed three hits at Iowa (4/20) • named Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week after striking out a season-high nine in 7.0 shutout innings against Penn State (4/26) • went 6.0 innings allowing three runs and two walks vs. Purdue (5/11).
A 2010 graduate of Eagan High School • in 2009, helped Eagan win its section and advance to its first state tournament ever • named all-state, all-section and All-Lake Conference in 2010 • set school records for: hits in a game (6), wins in a season (7), strikeouts in a season (53), career innings pitched (121.3), career wins (12), career strikeouts (98) • was a Lions all-star and Twin Cities all-star • in summer 2013, took third in the Minnesota amateur baseball state tournament with the Eagan Bandits.
Born Oct. 3, 1991 • son of Bob and Karen Kunik • has a younger brother, Kevin, who plays baseball at St. Scholastica • has earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and is pursuing another bachelor's degree in communication studies.
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.