Offseason Outlook: George Washington, UTA, TCU
Jan. 11, 2018

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 look at the team’s mid-March road trip to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area to take on George Washington University, UT-Arlington, and TCU.

Scouting the Colonials Website | @GWBaseball1
George Washington closed out its 2017 campaign with a 31-27 overall mark while finishing fourth in the Atlantic 10 at 14-10 … head coach Gregg Ritchie returns for his sixth season at the helm of the Colonials… senior infielder Robbie Metz returns after batting .339 a season ago with 10 doubles and 13 stolen bases on the year … sophomore infielder Nate Fassnacht started 57 games a season ago, batting .332  with 11 doubles and five home runs … right-handed starter Elliott Raimo returns after an ABCA All-Est Region Second Team season, posting a 3.20 ERA in 90.0 innings, striking out 73 … right-handed reliever Will Kobos posted a 1.99 ERA in 18 appearances a season ago … the Gophers won the team’s lone meeting with George Washington 19-3 back in the 1992 NCAA Midwest Regional.

Scouting the Mavericks Website | @UTArlingtonBSB
UT-Arlington finished 30-25 overall a season ago, posting a 20-10 conference record to finish second in the Sun Belt … head coach Darin Thomas returns for his 11th season at the helm of the Mavericks, who ranked among the teams receiving votes in the CBN Preseason Poll … infielder Omar Salinas returns to lead UTA at the plate after slugging 11 home runs and batting .333 last season with 44 RBIs and 45 runs scored … outfielder Noah Vaughan drove in 41 runs while hitting .260 with 19 extra-base hits … right-handed pitcher Trae Patterson returns after posting a 2.75 ERA in 15 starts a season ago, striking out 73 in 98.1 innings … the Mavericks had three players selection in the MLB Draft including starting pitcher Jakob Hernandez (3.28 ERA, 89 strikeouts) and reliever Austin Gardner(2.42 ERA, 55 strikeouts) … UT-Arlington is 3-0 all-time against Minnesota. The two teams last met back in 2009.

Scouting the Horned Frogs Website | @TCU_Baseball
TCU ranked no. 9 in the Collegiate Baseball 2018 Preseason Poll after finishing 50-18 overall a season ago, ending their season in the College World Series after a 16-8 finish in the Big 12 … head coach Jim Schlossnagle returns for his 15th season after being named the National Coach of the Year a season ago … the Horned Frogs saw nine players selected in the MLB Draft a season ago and bid farewell to each of their top seven hitters … junior Luken Baker returns after starting 47 games, batting .317 with eight home runs … right-handed starter Jared Janczak returns after making 15 starts a season ago, posting a 2.31 ERA and 102 strikeouts … sophomore lefty Nick Lodolo is back after 17 appearances last season with a 4.35 ERA … the Gophers are just 2-4 in program history against the Horned Frogs with the teams last meeting back in 2009.

Minnesota and George Washington open the week in the Lone Star State with a neutral site meeting in Dallas on Tuesday, March 13 at 1 p.m. The Maroon & Gold open their season officially at Georgia Tech on Friday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. ET.

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