Forced to change up their format, Gopher Baseball got creative and saw significant growth during their fall season
Micah Coffey, Toby Hanson, and Luke Pettersen each represent the Gophers in leagues around the country.
Toby Hanson earns Northwoods League All-Star bid; Rosin joins Giants organization
The University of Minnesota’s Toby Hanson and Jordan Smith were voted to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team Sunday.
The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
2017 SUMMER BASEBALL Played for the Mankato MoonDogs in the Northwoods League • hit safely in a MoonDogs-record 21-straight games, failing to reach base in just one of his 29 games played for Mankato • slashed .455/.507/.625 for the season with 14 doubles, two home runs, one triple, 31 runs scored, and 27 RBIs • selected to the 2017 Northwoods League All-Star Game as an outfielder.
2017 | JUNIOR Started all 57 games at first base • had a .319 batting average and led the team with 57 RBIs • had 23 extra-base hits, including five home runs, and had a .477 slugging percentage • recorded 24 RBIs in conference play • had a .476 batting average in the Big Ten Tournament where he picked up 10 hits, one home run, six RBIs and stole three bases • Third Team All-Big Ten • Big Ten All-Tournament Team • Academic All-Big Ten • was awarded the David Chelesnik, Jr. Memorial Award. Game Highlights: Recorded two hits at UC Irvine (2/19) with a double and one RBI • was 3-4 with three RBIs and three runs scoredvs Seattle U (2/24) • recorded three hits, two RBIs and scored two runs vs Seattle U (2/26) • hit a RBI double vs Milwaukee (3/8) • was 3-4 at Sacramento State (3/17) including a double, a triple, two RBIs and three runs scored • smacked a home run at Sacramento State (3/18) • had two hits, one RBI and one run scored at Ohio State (3/24) • went 3-5 wtih two RBIs and three runs scored in the first game of a doubleheader at Ohio State (3/25) • picked up two hits and scored one run at Michigan State (4/1) • drove in two runs on two hits at Michigan State (4/2) • had three RBIs on one hit vs NDSU (4/4) • set a career high with four hits at NDSU (4/11) while hitting a home run, driving in three RBIs and scoring two runs • was 3-5 with a double, a triple and scored two runs at Indiana (4/14) • went 2-5 with one triple and one RBI vs South Dakota State (4/18) • was 2-4 with a home run, three RBIs and one run scored vs Nebraska (4/23) • recorded three hits and drove in three runs at Northern Illinois (4/25) • was 2-4 with a career high four RBIs vs Illinois (4/28) along with a home run • was 2-3 with one RBI vs Georgia State (5/3) • had two RBIs on a double at Penn State (5/5) • was 3-5 with two RBIs and one run scored at Penn State (5/6) • went 2-5 with three RBIs, one run scored and one double at Penn State (5/7) • scored two runs in a vicotry vs No. 10 Long Beach State (5/13) • had two RBIs on one hit vs Rutgers (4/16) • was 2-4 with one RBI in the first game of the Big Ten Tournament vs Indiana (5/24) • smacked two hits, including a home run, along with two RBIs and two runs scored vs Northwestern (5/26) at the Big Ten Tournament • was 4-5 with three RBIs and one run scored vs Iowa (5/27) in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
2016 SUMMER BASEBALL Played for the St. Cloud Rox in the Northwoods League • made 30 appearances in the field and hit .210 through 62 at-bats • laced 13 hits, including three doubles and a triple • drew 10 walks and added nine RBI • tied for fourth on the team in sacrifice flies.
2016 | SOPHOMORE Hit .301 and racked up 27 RBI • totaled 46 hits, including 13 extra-base hits • drilled five homers and slugged at a .458 clip • tallied 15 multi-hit games and had seven contests with two-plus RBI • held a 10-game on-base streak • earned a spot on the College Station NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team • Academic All-Big Ten. Game Highlights: Went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the season opener against Utah (2/19) • hit 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in the second game versus Utah (2/21) • launched a homer over the right-field wall in a 2-for-4 performance with three RBI against Oregon State (2/21) • plated one in a 2-for-5 showing at Campbell (2/26) • returned to the lineup after an injury and drew a walk versus Northern Illinois (4/6) • drew two walks and scored a run against South Dakota State (4/12) • laced four hits, scored three runs and added two RBI, including the game-winner in series opener, versus Maryland (4/15-4/17) • laced a two-run single in 10-0 win against North Dakota State (4/19) • netted two hits, including a home run, and had three RBI at Northwestern (4/22-4/23) • collected four hits, including a double, in series win at Illinois (4/29-5/1) • totaled four hits, three runs and three RBI in midweek sweep of Kansas (5/3-5/4) • tallied a hit and scored a run against Indiana (5/7) • laced four hits, including a double and a homer, to go along with three RBI and one run at Purdue (5/13-5/14) • drilled a home run to highlight a 2-for-5 showing that matched a season-high with three RBI and two runs at South Dakota State (5/17) • tallied four hits and added an RBI in series against Ohio State (5/19-5/21) • notched a single in Big Ten Tournament opener versus Iowa (5/25) • belted an RBI triple to highlight a 2-for-4 showing with two runs scored against Binghamton (6/4) • tallied three hits, including a double, with two RBI, a run scored and a walk versus Wake Forest (6/5) • secured a single at Texas A&M (6/5).
2015 | FRESHMAN Played in 41 games and started 32, the most by any Gophers freshman this season • 29 starts came at first base • batted .241 with 13 runs, eight RBIs and 17 walks • hit eight doubles and a home run • seven runs, four RBIs and eight walks came in Big Ten play. Game Highlights: Went 4-for-9 with a double and a walk at Houston over his first three collegiate starts (2/13-2/15) • hit 2-for-4 at Texas (2/22) • went 2-for-5 with two doubles, notching two RBIs and a run scored in a win against Monmouth (3/15) • batted 2-for-4 with an RBI and a steal at Maryland (3/22) • hit his first career home run in a win at Nebraska, going 2-for-4 (4/10) • also went 2-for-4 with a run the next day (4/11) • hit 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a run and a double in a win over North Dakota State (4/14) • 1-for-3 with a double and a walk against Michigan (4/26).
HIGH SCHOOL Graduated from Delano High School in 2014 • 2014 Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 2A Player of the Year • Mr. Baseball finalist • second-team All-American and first-team all-metro • hit .457 with 13 home runs and 31 RBIs as a senior • played for the Metro West in the 2014 Play Ball! Minnesota High School Baseball All-Star Series • led the state with seven homeruns in 2013 • batted .547 with 34 RBIs as a junior • twice named to the All-Wright County First Team • coached by Dan Paulson • earned all-conference honors and quarterbacked Delano to the 2013 Minnesota Class 4A state football semifinals • the Tigers' all-time leading basketball scorer with 1,526 career points • three-time all-conference basketball player • made the state tournament in all three sports in 2013 • played summer baseball with Delano's Legion and town teams • won the home run derby at the 2014 Minnesota State Legion Tournament • also made the State Town Team Tournament in 2014.
PERSONAL Intends to major in sport management • son of Jeanne and P.J. Hanson • P.J. played baseball at St. Cloud State • has a sister, Tori • born July 13, 1995.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
Gophers Adapt and Grow in Fresh Fall Format
A string of injuries to position players proved a blessing in disguise as Gopher Baseball changed up the format during fall ball and saw growth around the diamond.
Gophers welcome fans to six open scrimmage dates
As the fall practice season continues, Gopher Baseball can announce dates for six open scrimmages over the next three weeks.
Minor League Wrap-Up: Sept. 15
University of Minnesota alumni concluded their minor league seasons this week with several cracking postseason play.