Feb. 6, 2013
Dalton Sawyer is a rookie left-handed pitcher out of Waconia, Minn. After playing with Waconia High School and the Minnesota Blizzard, Sawyer pitched in his first collegiate game in the Pro-Alumni game. Pitching for the Pros, Sawyer faced some of his current teammates and was on the mound for an inning and a third. Take a look at Dalton's credentials and a short question/answer session with the rookie.
High School: Played at Waconia High School • Lions All-Star member • all-conference selection in 2012 and honorable mention in 2011 • season best statistics include a 1.03 earned run average, 77 strikeouts in 44 innings of work • as a junior had 45 strikeouts and a 4-3 record• held a batting average of .358 with 13 RBI• gave up both football and basketball to play with the Minnesota Blizzard travel team • went 5-1 in 25.1 innings pitched and struck out 44 and held a 1.08 ERA in 2011 as the team went 28-5 and 7-3 in the league • graduated with a 3.6 grade point average and a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born November 22, 1993 • son of Duane and Kathy Sawyer • father, Duane, played football at Northwestern • has two younger siblings • plans to major in finance.
Q: What's your first baseball memory?
A: Playing catch in the back yard with my dad.
Q: Why did you choose to come to the University of Minnesota?
A: I chose the U because of the character of the coaches and because of the quality of guys that are on the team.
Q: You've come on strong the last couple years as a pitcher. Is there anything you can credit to your recent success?
A: First off, God has just really blessed me with this opportunity. After that, I would say Adam Barta and the Minnesota Baseball Academy really helped. Above all else, just hard work and determination. I had this image in my head of where I wanted to go and how good I wanted to be.
Q: How was it pitching in your first Gopher baseball game?
A: Everything I imagined it would be. It was fun and I was excited to face some high caliber Division I hitters. And after singing the national anthem, pitching did not seem like that big of a deal.
Q: Speaking of singing, it's a tradition that newcomers sing the national anthem/rouser and you guys did that at the Pro-Alumni game. Were you guys nervous and how would you grade your performance?
A: I would have to give us a solid A-. The minus being that I am not sure if everyone really gave it their all. I have been preparing for this for almost five years now, so I was excited to make my singing debut. I also heard that there was some talent scouts there looking for someone to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, so I was really motivated to give it my all, but obviously they were not impressed.
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