Experience highlights groups of outfielders and catchers heading into the 2016 campaign
Northwoods League ends with one Gopher claiming top prize.
Northwoods League regular season comes to a close for Gophers
A look at how current, former and future Gophers are performing during the summer.
Check in with the current, future and past Gophers on the diamond this summer.
2016 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Drilled a two-RBI single against Utah Valley (2/20) • went 2-for-2 with a double, RBI and a walk at Campbell (2/26) • hit 2-for-3 with a double and run scored in series finale at Campbell (2/28) • scored twice and drew three walks Georgia State (3/6) • made starts in the outfield and as the catcher at Seattle U (3/11-3/14) • tallied three hits, including a double, one RBI and drew a walk at Utah Valley (3/19-3/20) • drilled an RBI single and saw action at first base against Augsburg (3/22) • collected three hits with two RBI in doubleheader sweep of No. 23 Missouri State (3/26) • went 2-for-4 and recorded three putouts versus Northern Illinois (4/6) • hit a single and drew a walk at No. 25 Michigan (4/8) • started behind the plate and laced a single versus South Dakota State (4/12) • went 2-for-3 as a pinch-hitter and scored a run against Maryland (4/15-4/17) • crossed the plate once and hit a single against North Dakota State (4/19) • drilled a double and scored once in series-opening win at Northwestern (4/22) • capped a seven-game hitting streak with a single at Illinois (4/29) • slashed three hits, scored three runs and netted two RBI in midweek duel with Kansas (5/3) • blasted a home run, scored three runs and drew a walk against Indiana (5/6-5/8) • hit a pinch-hit RBI single at Purdue (5/14).
Played for the Waterloo Bucks in the Northwoods League • appeared in 52 games and batted .215 • tallied 37 hits, including eight doubles • scored 17 runs and plated 11 • held a midseason streak of getting at least one hit in 14 of 19 games • became the first player in NWL history to play all nine positions on the field in one game.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Played in 33 games, including 19 starts at catcher, in the outfield and as the designated hitter • batted .287 with 15 runs, 15 RBIs, seven doubles and three home runs • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Belted his first career home run and scored twice at Florida Gulf Coast (3/1) • hit 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI at Richmond (3/17) • had second home run of the season, plus another run and two RBIs vs. St. John's (3/31) • went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs at Nebraska (4/11) • notched third home run of the season in a 2-for-5, two-RBI day against UC-Irvine (5/3) • had a season-high three hits with one run at North Dakota State (5/5) • batted 2-for-5 with a run, an RBI and a double against Michigan State (5/15).
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Hit .297 with a .333 on-base percentage in 37 at-bats • started 10 games at catcher, left field or right field • had a .926 fielding percentage • hit .286 in Big Ten play • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Hit 1-for-2 with two RBIs in his debut vs. Northern Illinois (2/15) • was 1-2 with a sac-fly at Sacramento State (3/15) • followed up with another 1-for-2 day with an RBI three days later at St. Mary's College (3/18) • had an RBI single in three at-bats against South Dakota State (4/9) • went 3-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a triple vs. Augsburg (5/6) • had two hits and an RBI in a win over Purdue (5/9) • scored the winning run in Purdue series finale (5/11).
Redshirted the season.
Played with Burnsville High School and the Burnsville Cobras • was one of team captains in 2012 for the Blaze and the starting shortstop • 2012 Lions All-Star selection • member of Burnsville High School that won the state championship in 2011 • named a first-team all-state and all-conference • as a junior, held a .500 batting average with 36 RBI and 43 hits, three home runs and three triples • sophomore season with the Blaze, Stemper also was an all-state honoree after posting a .375 batting average and 20 RBI in 30 hits and five doubles en route to a state championship runner-up • played with the Burnsville Cobras American Legion Team, including a .420 and 44 RBI with nine home runs, 51 runs, 13 stolen bases and doubles in 2011 • National Honor Society member.
Economics major • graduated from Burnsville in 2012 • born Oct. 14, 1993 • son of Bob and Deb Stemper • sister Shannon, was a member of the Gopher softball team • sister, Heather, played softball at Minnesota Duluth.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
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
Minnesota Falls in B1G Tournament Opener
Gophers play at 1 p.m. in an elimination game tomorrow afternoon against either Michigan or Ohio State