Juniors Nick Lackney and Riley Smith compete in front of MLB scouts Tuesday
Lackney selected to NWL's Major League Dreams Showcase
Multiple Gophers will be playing in summer leagues this year while alumni are playing in the minor leagues or independent ball. Keep up to date with them with our weekly Summer Roundup.
The University of Minnesota will be placing 18 stuedent-athletes in summer leagues this year, setting an NCAA and Northwoods League record for most student-athletes placed in one program in back-to-back years.
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2017 SUMMER BASEBALL Pitched for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League • made 11 appearances on the mound including 10 starts, earning a 3-2 record and 4.82 ERA, striking out 37 in 50.1 innings • selected to the 2017 NWL Major League Dreams Showcase.
2017 | SOPHOMORE Had a 2-1 record with a 5.85 ERA in 21 relief appearances • struck out 28 batters while opponents had a .258 batting average against him • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Recorded one strikeout in 1.2 hitless innings at UC Irvine (2/19) • threw 2.2 scorelss innings with three strikeouts vs Seattle U (2/25) • struck out three batters in three innings vs Oral Roberts (3/3) in the Dairy Queen Classic • struck out two batters in 1.2 innings at California (3/14) • recorded three strikeouts in 1.1 innings at Indiana (4/15) • struck out two batters in 1.2 scoreless relief innings vs South Dakota State (4/18) • tossed one hitless inning with one strikeout vs Nebraska (4/23) • rang up three batters in 2.1 innings vs Illinois (4/29) • broke a career high with four strikeouts in three innings vs Indiana (5/26) in the Big Ten Tournament.
2016 SUMMER BASEBALL Made three starts in 12 appearances for the Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League • was 3-2 with a 2.95 ERA in 39.2 innings where he struck out 28 batters.
2016 | FRESHMAN Appeared in 11 games and started one • maintained a 2.93 ERA with a 1-0 record • totaled 10 strikeouts in 15.1 innings pitched, while also holding opponents to a .140 batting clip • did not allow a run in his first nine career appearances • made a pair of appearances on the mound in Big Ten play. Game Highlights: Made first career appearance out of the bullpen and threw 1.1 innings, striking out one versus Utah (2/21) • came on in relief and induced a double play at Seattle U (3/16) • closed out the 10-3 win with an flawless inning that included two strikeouts against Augsburg (3/22) • hurled 2.1 flawless innings of relief in the opening game of the doubleheader sweep at No. 23 Missouri State (3/26) • provided 1.0 inning of relief and did not allow a hit versus Northern Illinois (4/6) • earned win in first career start after throwin 3.1 hitless innings and totaling three strikeouts against South Dakota State (4/12) • tossed 0.2 inning with just one hit versus Maryland (4/16) • pitched a scoreless frame of work out of the bullpen in 10-0 win against North Dakota State (4/19) • tossed 2.0 scoreless innings with one strikeout at North Dakota State (4/26) • came out of the bullpen and netted one total strikeout in appearances at Illinois (5/1) and versus Kansas (5/4).
HIGH SCHOOL Graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 2015 • Started for Whitefish Bay since his freshman year • as a junior, he pitched five complete games, including three shutouts • posted a 1.08 ERA and struck out 82 batters while walking only 18 • earned all-state honorable mention, All-North Shore Conference, All-Suburban and academic all-state recognition • all-conference honorable mention first baseman as a freshman, and a second-team all-conference utility player and honorable mention all-state pitcher as a sophomore • also played basketball for the Blue Dukes.
PERSONAL Plans to major in family social science • son of Jill Dittrich • is an only child • lists winning the 2015 Premiere Baseball Championship in Joplin, Mo. and being able to close out the game in the final inning as his greatest sports thrill • born June 5, 1997.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
Circling the Bases ... with Danny Kapala
1/19/2018 - Baseball
GopherSports.com asked the tough questions of Minnesota’s nine rookies ahead of the 2018 spring season. Next up, we get to know Gopher freshman left-handed pitcher Danny Kapala.
Offseason Outlook: Nebraska, St. John's, St. Louis
1/18/2018 - Baseball
Continuing an ongoing series previewing the Gophers' 2018 opponents week-by-week heading into the season opener.
Gophers Trio Rated Among Big Ten's Best
1/17/2018 - Baseball
Micah Coffey and Toby Hanson were named to College Baseball Daily's Preseason All-Big Ten Team; Luke Pettersen is an Honorable Mention.