Five More Games at U.S. Bank Stadium This Week
March 5, 2018

Gopher Baseball Week 4: Games 13-17
 Gophers vs. Omaha (4-7, 0-0 Summit League)
Tuesday, March 6, 6 p.m.
 Location U.S. Bank Stadium
 Follow Live BTN Plus | Game Day Live
 Weather Indoors
 Gophers vs. Milwaukee (2-8, 0-0 Horizon League)
 Date/Time Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m.
 Location U.S. Bank Stadium
 Follow Live BTN Plus | Game Day Live
 Weather Indoors
 Gophers vs. Creighton (5-4, 0-0 Big East)
 Date/Time Friday-Sunday, March 9-11, 6:30 p.m. | 2 p.m. | 12 p.m.
 Location U.S. Bank Stadium
 Follow Live Friday: BTN Plus | Game Day Live
Saturday: BTN Plus | Game Day Live
Sunday: BTN Plus | Game Day Live
 Weather Indoors
 Game Notes
Minnesota | Omaha | Milwaukee | Creighton
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota returns to U.S. Bank Stadium for five more games this week as the Gophers will host Omaha and Milwaukee in mid-week outings before welcoming Creighton for a three-game set on the weekend.

All-Tournament Honors
For their efforts leading the Gophers at the DQ Classic-Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge last weekend at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota shortstop Terrin Vavra and right-handed pitcher Reggie Meyer each earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Vavra batted .357 for the weekend, going 5-for-14 with two RBIs, one home run, and two runs scored while playing pristine defense for the Gophers. Meyer earned a no decision as he tossed 7.0 innings without allowing an earned run.

Gopher Debuts
Two Gophers made their collegiate debut this weekend, each in Minnesota's Sunday outing against No. 11 UCLA. Redshirt freshman Sam Bridges tossed 2.2 hitless innings against the Bruins, striking out two while allowing one unearned run on the day. Fellow second-year freshman Jack Wassel came on as a defensive replacement at first base in his Gopher debut, drawing a walk in his lone plate appearance.

NCAA Superlatives
Minnesota's .302 team batting average ranks 36th in the nation and the team's 127 combined hits rank 24th ... the Gophers have nine sacrifice flies, ranking seventh in the nation and first in the conference ... Terrin Vavra ranks 16th in the NCAA with his 21 hits on the season, while Luke Pettersen is 65th with 18. They rank first and second in the Big Ten, respectively.
Against the Competition
Minnesota's fourth-year players have limited experience against Creighton having competed against the Blue Jays in 2015. The team's pitchers combined for a no-hitter on the road in Omaha, while Alex Boxwell went 1-for-4 with two RBIs in two games and Toby Hanson was 1-for-7 with a run scored. The Gophers defeated Milwaukee 5-4 in their game last season. Boxwell went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Hanson had a double and an RBI. Reggie Meyer tossed 5.0 innings, allowing one earned run while striking out two. Luke Pettersen went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Terrin Vavra hit a triple against the Panthers, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Home Cookin'
U.S. Bank Stadium has so far proved itself a pitchers' park. Minnesota's staff has posted a 1.65 ERA in five games inside the home of Super Bowl LII compared to a 4.43 ERA in seven games to start the season. So far, eight pitchers have yet to allow an earned run for the Gophers at their early season home, and opponents are hitting just .150 at USBS. Conversely, opposing pitchers have held Minnesota hitters to just a .237 batting average while the Gophers hit .351 on the road.

Lucky Number Seven
Minnesota scored eight runs in the seventh inning against Mount St. Mary's on Feb. 25, and the Gophers have owned the seventh this season, outscoring opponents 17-0.

Returning All-Big Ten
Minnesota returns four of its six honorees from the All-Big Ten Teams following the 2017 season, all of whom figure into the team's every day line-up. Junior Cole McDevitt landed on the league's First Team after batting .314 in league play with four doubles, 11 RBIs, and 14 runs scored. Senior Micah Coffey returns after earning a Second Team selection last year. He batted .370 in league play, lifting a team-best eight doubles and adding 22 RBIs. Senior Toby Hanson returns after driving in a team-high 24 runs against conference competition to land on the Third Team. Sophomore Jordan Kozicky was an All-Freshman Team selection, batting .351 as a utility player.

Ins & Outs
Minnesota's extra-inning victory over Arizona on Friday night was the first for the Gophers since last year's DQ Classic when the team defeated Oral Roberts 4-3 in 13 innings on March 3, 2017 ... the Gophers' last walk-off victory came on March 8, 2017 against Milwaukee ... on Saturday night against Washington, Minnesota fell in extra innings (6-4, 10 innings) for the first time this season and the first time since a 7-5 loss to Iowa in 13 innings at the Big ten Tournament last year on May 27, 2017 ... Nick Lackney's seven strikeouts against Washington were a career high for the left-hander and a season-high for the Gophers as a team.

Scouting the Mavericks
Omaha (4-7) split a weekend four-game series with Ohio this past week ... the Mavericks 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 Omaha in 2018 ... junior infielder Parker Smeikal is hitting .276 on the season with a triple and two doubles ... sophomore utility man Cole Thibodeau is hitting .270 with five RBIs ... freshman Jake Pennington  will start for the Mavericks, is currently 2-1 in three relief appearances, while striking out seven in 14.0 innings.

Scouting the Panthers
Milwaukee (2-8) went 0-3 in three games on the west coast last weekend ... the Panthers 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 Milwaukee in 2018 ... junior first baseman Oakland Scanlan is batting .343 on the young season with five RBIs ... junior outfielder Colton Krieter has three doubles and a triple on the season, batting .263 ... right-hander Austin Schulfer has three starts for Milwaukee, striking out 19 in 15.2 innings.

Scouting the Bluejays
Creighton (5-4) dropped 2-of-3 against Central Arkansas last weekend ... 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 ... junior outfielder Clark Brinkman has led the Bluejays offense so far this season, batting .429 with seven extra-base hits and scorign 12 runs ... junior catcher Michael Emodi has batted .268 with 15 RBIs, five doubles, and two home runs ... senior right-hander Ryan Tapani has posted a 1.69 ERA in three starts this year, striking out 15 in 16.0 innings as the team's Friday night ace.Single-game tickets, season tickets, and group ticket packages are available for all 2018 Gopher Baseball games.

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The Last Meeting
March 13, 2013
Gophers Lose In Extra Innings to UNO
After a tie game at nine going into the last inning, Gophers gave up one run in the 11th to lose to the University of Nebraska-Omaha

The Last Meeting
March 8, 2017
U.S. Bank Stadium
Hanson Walks Off Gophers
The University of Minnesota won their eighth game of the season in walk-off fashion as they defeated Milwaukee 5-4 Wednesday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Last Meeting
March 8, 2015
Omaha, Neb.
Gophers Throw Combined No-Hitter
Led by Dalton Sawyer's seven-inning start, the Gophers won 9-0 at Creighton.




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