10 Gophers honored by league office for outstanding regular seasons on the diamond
Sawyer struck out career-best 12 and offense tallied 17 hits to notch 24th win of the season
Southpaw earns award after striking out 10 and allowing just two hits at No. 25 Michigan
Pitching coach Todd Oakes has five arms at his disposal who can make a large impact
Athmann, Motl and Sawyer tabbed as preseason players to watch big the conference
2016 • SENIOR SEASON:
Tossed 4.2 scoreless innings and struck out five in first start of the season versus Utah Valley (2/20) • hurled 6.1 innings and allowed just one run with striking out five in a win at Campbell (2/27) • allowed just three hits in 5.0 innings with three strikeouts at Georgia State (3/5) • struck out seven in 5.0 innings in start at Seattle U (3/12) • totaled nine strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work on the mound and allowed three runs at Utah Valley (3/19) • struck out nine and earned the win in 5.2 innings at No. 23 Missouri State (3/26) • tossed 4.2 innings and notched five strikeouts against Iowa (4/3) • named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after throwing 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out 10 at No. 25 Michigan (4/8) • tossed 7.0 innings with five strikeouts and allowed just three earned runs on four hits against Maryland (4/16) • started and set a career-high with 12 strikeouts in 7.0 innings at Northwestern (4/23) • tossed 7.0 innings and amassed six strikeouts, while allowing six hits at Illinois (4/29) • produced third straight performance of 7.0 innings while totalling eight strikeouts to guide Minnesota to even the series versus Indiana (5/7) • struck out eight in 4.0 innings of work at Purdue (5/14).
2015 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Made 15 appearances, including eight starts • held a 4-3 record and 4.53 ERA in 49.2 innings • struck out 38 batters, walked 32 and limited opponents to a .222 average • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Struck out five and allowed three runs on three hits in 4.1 innings at Houston (2/14) • struck out a season-high seven batters in 6.2 innings at Florida Gulf Coast, allowing four runs (2/28) • pitched 7.0 innings to start a combined no-hitter for the Gophers at Creighton, tallying five strikeouts, four walks and two hit batsmen (3/8) • gave up two runs (one earned) in 5.2 innings vs. Monmouth (3/15) • made seven relief appearances between start at Maryland (3/21) and start at Iowa (5/10) • did not allow a run against Carleton (4/8), Penn State (4/18), Michigan (4/26) or Kansas State (4/29) • allowed one unearned run and struck out seven in 6.1 innings against Michigan State (5/16).
2014 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Did not allow an earned run in his first eight appearances • led the team with six saves and six wins (6-4 record) • led the team with 21 appearances •ranked seventh in the Big Ten in saves overall, and tied for fourth with four within conference play • had a 2.62 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 44.2 innings • held Big Ten hitters to a .233 batting average • overall opposing average of .231 ranked ninth in the conference • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Tallied a season-high four strikeouts in 3.0 innings against Northern Illinois (2/14) • did not allow a run, while striking out three in 3.2 innings at Louisiana Tech (3/1) • picked up a three-inning save by not allowing a run at Sacramento State (3/14) • earned his third save over Northwestern (3/22) while striking out two • entered the game with bases loaded and one out and struck out two batters to end the eighth and keep the game tied at Iowa (4/18) • pitched a total of 4.2 innings in back-to-back appearances against Purdue, picking up two wins (5/9-5/10-11) • struck out three, gave up just one hit and got the win in a two-inning outing at Indiana (5/15) • struck out three over 2.2 innings against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament (5/21).
2013 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Threw 35.2 innings to a 4.92 ERA appearing in 18 games • letter winner • had a 3.09 ERA in 32 innings of relief • fourth on the team in games finished (5) • was the second most used player out of the bullpen with 17 appearances in relief • had a 36:18 K:BB ratio • held opponents to a .240 batting average and .216 in Big Ten play. Game Highlights: Had five scoreless relief appearances in a row (2/27-3/12) • struck out five in his second appearance as a Gopher in 2.2 innings against North Dakota St. (2/27) • allowed no runs and struck out two in 3.2 innings in an extra innings (10) loss to Texas (3/23) • pitched a career high 6.0 innings allowing no runs and striking out five in a 5-2 losing effort to Ohio St. (4/6) • picked up his first colligate win against Augsburg College (4/16) in 1.1 innings of work • did not allow an earned run and struck out two, but received the loss in 1.2 innings against Milwaukee (5/8) • went 2.1 innings without allowing a run and striking out four for his second win against Nebraska (5/11) • made his first career start against Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament and struck out three in 3.2 innings.
Played for the St. Cloud Rox of the Northwoods League in 2013 and 2014.
Played at Waconia High School • Lions All-Star member • all-conference selection in 2012 and honorable mention in 2011 • season best statistics include a 1.03 earned run average, 77 strikeouts in 44 innings of work • as a junior had 45 strikeouts and a 4-3 record• held a batting average of .358 with 13 RBI•gave up both football and basketball to play with the Minnesota Blizzard travel team • went 5-1 in 25.1 innings pitched and struck out 44 and held a 1.08 ERA in 2011 as the team went 28-5 and 7-3 in the league • graduated with a 3.6 grade point average and a member of the National Honor Society.
Finance major • born November 22, 1993 • son of Duane and Kathy Sawyer • father, Duane, played football at Northwestern • has two younger siblings.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
Gophers Earn NCAA Regional Bid to College Station
Minnesota makes trip to College Station, Texas for 31st NCAA Tournament appearance all-time
Pitching Coach Todd Oakes Passes Away At 55
Minnesota assistant baseball coach Todd Oakes passed away today after a courageous and public battle with leukemia. Oakes, who coached the Minnesota pitching staff, was 55.
Gophers Drop Out of B1G Tournament
Minnesota falls to Michigan 3-2 in an elimination game on Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park