Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
Trailing 1-0, Minnesota plated four runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 4-1 win
Tony Skjefte hits first career home run for the deciding run
Minnesota fell in the first game, but bounced back in the second to take the series
Minnesota won its Big Ten opener over Michigan
2015 • SENIOR SEASON:
Started 45 of his 49 games played • made 40 starts at third base, four in left field and one at second base • hit .246 with 21 runs and 24 RBIs • had three four-RBI games • led the Gophers with three triples and added seven doubles and four home runs • tied for the team lead with 15 RBIs in conference play • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Had a hit in all four games at Texas (2/20-2/22) • went 2-for-5 at Creighton (3/7) with a run and a walk • 1-for-3 with a triple and two runs in the series finale (3/8) • hit his first home run of the season vs. James Madison (3/13) • hit another home run and had two runs and two RBIs in a 2-for-4 game at VCU (3/16) • drove in four runs, scored two and hit a home run at Richmond (3/17), going 2-for-5 • hit 3-for-5 with four RBI at Maryland (3/21) • went 2-for-4 with a run and four RBIs vs. Northwestern (3/27) • batted 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI at Rutgers (4/4) • hit 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI vs. North Dakota State (4/14) • 2-for-5 with a double against UC Irvine (5/2) • homered against Michigan State (5/15) • 2-for-3 in the season finale (5/16).
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Received the Gophers' Richard "Chief" Siebert Most Valuable Player Award • hit .272 with a team-leading 30 RBIs • led the team and ranked 10th in the Big Ten with 15 doubles • hit two home runs on the season • tied for team lead with four three-hit games • started 42 of 46 games he played, spending time in left field, in center field, at second base and at third base • second on the team with a .396 slugging percentage • hit .275 in 91 Big Ten at-bats • hit 3-for-6 with a home run, two doubles, three runs and three RBIs at St. Mary's (3/18) • added another double, two runs and two RBIs in the second game (3/19) • drove in Gophers' only two runs with a double in win vs. Northwestern (3/23) • had three RBIs and three hits in an extra-innings win over Michigan (4/4) • was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a double in a mid-week game at South Dakota State (4/9) • had two RBIs at Florida State (5/3) • hit game-tying home run in bottom of the ninth vs. Purdue, and the Gophers went on to win (5/10-11) • had two hits and two runs in two Big Ten Tournament games (5/21-22) • Academic All-Big Ten.
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team • played in 32 games and batted .237 in 59 at-bats • reached base in five straight games (3/22-30) • started at second base 17 times • in 80 chances produced a .988 fielding percentage and turned nine double plays • came into a game a substitute 15 times (fourth on the team) • set a career high in slugging percentage (.356) • went 1-4 with an RBI and a run in an Opening Day win over UCLA (2/15) • doubled and scored a run in a start against Western Michigan (2/22) • hit his first career triple in a 2-3 performance with a run scored against Utah (3/2) • walked and doubled in a 5-1 against Western Illinois (3/9) • produced an RBI while going 1-3 in the first game of a double header against Michigan (3/30) • hit a game-winning solo homerun against Ohio St. (4/7) • walked twice and scored once in a 4-1 win over Augsburg.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Earned his first letter when he played in 35 games and started in 26 • batted .192 in his rookie campaign • had 49 putouts and 69 assists • had five RBI, eight runs scored in 78 at bats • saw action in 11 Big Ten games • in first collegiate at bat, hit a double and a RBI against St. John's (2/18) • went 2-6 with a RBI in the win over Hamline (3/7) • had a hit in each game of the Cal Poly series and scored a run (3/19) • had a career-high game against Nebraska-Omaha (4/17) when he went 3-3 with three runs scored, a RBI, a walk and two stolen bases • walked and scored a run in the extra-inning win over Michigan State (4/21) • hit doubles in back-to-back games against Iowa (4/28-29) • scored two runs and went 1-1 with a career-high three walks in the final game at Siebert Field (5/1).
Graduated from Eden Prairie High School • high school coaches were Mike Halloran and Scott Hackett • helped the Eagles to a Minnesota state championship in 2010 • also Lake Conference and Section 2AAA champions in 2010 • selected to play in the Lion's All-Star Tournament • all-state with the Eagles in 2011 • named all-conference honoree his sophomore, junior and senior season • letterwinner in both baseball and wrestling • starter for the Eden Prairie Legion team that was national runner-ups in 2010 and national champions in 2011 • hit a double, a triple and knocked in four RBI en route to the Legion championship.
Business and Marketing Education major • son of Alan and Stacy Skjefte • brother, Lucas, plays baseball for Minnesota State University, Mankato • likes to hunt and fish • lists winning the 2011 American Legion World Series as his most memorable sports thrill.
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.