March 15, 2013
HOME SWEET HOME
Minnesota’s 17-game homestand is coming to a close as the Golden Gophers host Indiana State this weekend. In the previous 14 games, Minnesota is 10-4 on the Dome turf. Last year, Minnesota was home for 39 games, including a 25-game homestand.
ANDERSON REACHES MILESTONE WIN
Head coach John Anderson earned his 1,100 career win last Friday night against Western Illinois. With the win, Anderson moves up to 30th in the Division I head coaches wins list. Anderson earned his 1,000 career win on May 14, 2009 against Penn State. Anderson will look to reach the 500 conference win milestone this year as he sits at 493.
ON THE DOCKET
Minnesota plays two Big 12 teams in a week when it travels to Kansas State, March 19-20 before returning home to host Texas, March 22-24. Tuesday’s game against Kansas State will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Gophers will face the Longhorns at 6:35 p.m. March 22nd, 2:05 p.m. March 23rd and 1:05 p.m. in the Sunday March 24th tilt.
WINDLE EARNS MULTIPLE WEEKLY HONORS
Tom Windle has been in the news a lot this past week as he was named the Big Ten, Minor League and Louisville Slugger’s Pitcher of the Week after an outstanding performance last weekend against Western Illinois. The award is the first of Windle's career and the second Golden Gopher pitcher to receive the Big Ten award in back-to-back weeks. Ben Meyer was named the Big Ten Pitcher last Monday after a 5-1 Utah win (3/2).
Windle accomplished a complete-game no-hitter to lead Minnesota to a 3-0 win over Western Illinois Friday. Windle went nine innings, struck out eight batters, walked one and held the Leathernecks hitless and scoreless. He accomplished the feat in 95 pitches and is the first Gopher to earn a no-hitter since Joe Westfall accomplished a seven-inning no-hitter in 1993. Windle became the first Golden Gopher pitcher since 1931 to throw a nine-inning no hitter. Prior to Windle's complete game on Friday, the last Gopher to throw a nine-inning no-hitter was Walfrid Mattson against Wisconsin on June 3, 1931. With his pitching performance, Windle lowered his ERA to 1.96, holds a 2-1 overall record and has pitched 23 innings.
ONE FOR THE RECORDBOOKS
The Tom Windle was the Golden Gophers’ 10 no hitter known to date. Prior to Windle’s accomplishment, Joe Westfall pitched a 7-inning no hitter in 1993. Minnesota’s last nine-inning no hitter came in 1931 against Wisconsin. The first known Minnesota no hitter was April 22, 1914 in a 3-0 win against Hamline. Of the 10 no hitters, four were with combined pitchers. Windle is just the sixth individual to have a no hitter on his own and the fourth to do so in nine innings.
ABOUT THE SYCAMORES
Indiana State enters the Gopher series with a 5-6 overall record. The Sycamores went 3-4 in the month of February and had four games cancelled due to weather in early March. Last weekend, Indiana State split action against Mercer and defeated South Dakota State, 5-4. Like Minnesota, ISU dropped an 11-inning midweek game as it fell to Austin Peay on Tuesday. Led by Rick Heller, who is in his 26th year as a head coach, he is in his fourth year at Indiana State and holds a 110-72 Sycamore record.
Arguably the best player on the Indiana State roster is pitching ace Sean Manaea. Like Gophers’ Tom Windle, Manaea is a left-handed pitcher, who owns a 1-1 record, a 1.69 ERA and has 24 strikeouts. Windle and Manaea both pitched in the Cape Cod League this summer. Entering his junior year, Manaea is listed as Baseball America’s No. 2 overall draft prospect in the 2013 Major League draft. Named a preseason All-American and to the Golden Spikes Watch list, Manaea has 221 career strikeouts. Following Manaea’s scheduled start is right-handed pitchers Daniel Peterson (Saturday) and Devin Moore (Sunday). Peterson is 0-2 on the season and holds an ERA of 4.96 with 13 strikeouts. Moore is 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA and has 17 strikeouts.
The Sycamores are led offensively by Koby Kraemer, who has played in all 11 games, including 10 starts. Holding a .308 batting average, Kraemer has 12 hits, and 17 total bases. Robby Ort has a team-high 44 at bats, 10 runs scored and 13 hits. Landon Curry leads the RBI caveatory with seven and has 12 hits in 45 at bats.
THE LAST TIME
Minnesota and Indiana State have only faced each other one previous time as the Sycamores won the game, 9-4, also at the H.H.H. Metrodome on March 30, 1985. Indiana State is the only Missouri Valley Conference team the Gophers will face in the regular season. The Gophers are the first of three Big Ten teams for Indiana State as the Sycamores also play Purdue (4/3 and 4/9) and Indiana (4/24). The previous Indiana game, which was scheduled for March 6, was cancelled.