Get to Know Your New Gophers: LHP Dalton Sawyer
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?
Q: Why did you choose to come to the University of Minnesota?
Q: You've come on strong the last couple years as a pitcher. Is there anything you can credit to your recent success?
Q: How was it pitching in your first Gopher baseball game?
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?