MINNEAPOLIS -- Heading into the 2018 season, GopherSports.com will take a look at each of the Gopher Baseball program's 2018 foes. This week, we continue the home slate as Minnesota hosts three teams -- Omaha, UW-Milwaukee, and Creighton -- at U.S. Bank Stadium the week of Tuesday, March 6 to Sunday, March 11.
Scouting the Mavericks Website | @omahabsb
Omaha finished just 12-40 a season ago including a 9-19 mark in the Summit League to finish fifth ... head coach Evan Porter returns for his second season at the helm of the Mavericks in 2018 ... junior designated hitter Grant Suponchick returns after an All-Summit League performance last season, hitting .287 in 48 games with seven doubles and two home runs, driving in 22 runs ... sophomore Cole Thibodeau batted .273 a season ago, scoring 26 runs in 48 games during his rookie campaign ... senior Payton Kinney returns after posting a 3.88 ERA in 51 innings on the hill a season ago ... Omaha will need to replace seven pitchers who accounted for 37 starts a season ago including two starters who accounted for 140.1 innings in Sam Murphy and Corey Binger ... the Gophers are 3-1 all-time against the Mavericks. This will be the first meeting since 2013 when the teams split a two-game series at the Metrodome.
Scouting the Panthers Website | @MKE_Baseball
Milwaukee closed out 2017 with a 22-32 overall record while finishing sixth in the Horizon League at 10-18 ... head coach Scott Doffek enters his season no. 12 leading the Panthers in 2018 ... Milwaukee needs to replace All-American slugger Daulton Varsho, selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2017 MLB Draft after batting .362 with 11 homers, 11 doubles, 47 runs scored, and 39 RBIs a season ago ... senior infielder Ben Chally returns after earning All-Horizon League honors last season, batting .327 with 10 doubles, 23 runs scored, and 23 RBIs ... another all-conference honoree, Jay Peters, will need to be replaced after posting a 3.32 ERA in 103 innings over 13 starts during his senior season last year ... senior Austin Schulfer returns after posting a 3.72 ERA in 82.1 innings last season, striking out 70 in 82.1 innings ... Minnesota owns a 10-5 record in series history against Milwaukee including a 5-4 win for the Gophers last season on March 8.
Scouting the Bluejays Website | @cu_baseball
Creighton rated among the teams receiving votes in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Top-40 released last month ... the Bluejays finished 11-4 in league play to lead the Big East but were 24-25 overall last season ... head coach Ed Servais returns for his 15th season leading Creighton in 2018 ... sophomore Will Robertson returns after a Freshman All-America campaign a season ago, batting .272 with 10 doubles and 21 RBIs in 49 games ... sophomore Isaac Collins batted .282 in his rookie season, crossing the plate 23 times and swiping 11 bases in 16 attempts ... pitcher Rollie Lacy was selected in last year's MLB Draft, leaving the program after posting a 2.54 ERA in 15 starts, striking out 83 in 88.2 innings ... each of the team's top-seven pitchers (based off ERA) left the program following last season ... the Gophers hold a 25-21 edge in the all-time series against the Bluejays and swept a two-game series with Creighton back on March 7-8, 2015.
Minnesota wrap up a two-week stay at U.S. Bank Stadium with five games against these three foes beginning with Omaha on Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. The Maroon & Gold open their season officially at Georgia Tech on Friday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. ET.
Check out previous Offseason Outlook previews in the archive:
Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Georgia State (Dec. 6)
Boston College, Chicago State, Mount St. Mary's (Dec. 13)
North Dakota State, South Dakota State (Dec. 20)
DQ Classic/Big Ten-Pac 12 Challenge (Dec. 27)
Omaha, UW-Milwaukee, Creighton (Jan. 3)
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