Gophers Open New Siebert Field Against Ohio State
Ben Meyer
 Minnesota (17-12) hosts Ohio State (18-8)
 Date/Time  Fri.-Sun., April 5-7, 3:05 p.m./1:05 p.m./1:05 p.m.
 Probable Pitchers
Tom Windle (LHP) vs. Jaron Long (RHP)
Ben Meyer (RHP) vs. Brad Goldberg (RHP)
Crawford (RHP) or Snelten (LHP) vs. Brian King (LHP)
 Location  Minneapolis | Siebert Field
 Video  Gopher All-Access (Friday-Saturday)
 Free Audio
 Live Stats  Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
 Live Blog  Game 1  Game 2  Game 3
  TV Big Ten Network (Sunday)
 Notes Minnesota  Ohio State
 Social Media  @GopherBaseball | Facebook

April 4, 2013

Siebert Field Fan Guide

Minnesota held the Siebert Field groundbreaking ceremony on June 11, 2012 and will move into its new home with the opener set for April 5 against Ohio State (Big Ten home opener). The field is named after legendary coach Dick Siebert, who led the Gopher baseball program to three national championships. The field was prepared in time for fall ball as the Gophers conducted their first practice on the new turf, Sept. 29, 2012. Phase 1 is now completed for a capacity of 1,420, while the Gophers are in the Phase 2 of donations for lockerrooms and hitting facility.

Minnesota is hosting its first Big Ten Conference game on the University of Minnesota campus since April 26, 2009 when Purdue came to old Siebert Field. Since then, the Gophers have played all Big Ten home games at the H.H.H. Metrodome.

Minnesota holds an 87-88-1 all-time record against Ohio State, dating back to 1923. Last year in Columbus, Ohio, the Buckeyes swept the Gophers in three games. Minnesota lost in a 2-1 game on April 6, 5-3 loss on April 7 and 4-1 loss on April 8 for a Buckeye sweep.

Minnesota's Tom Windle has been named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, announced by the conference office. It is Windle's second honor and Minnesota's fourth weekly award this season. Sophomore righthanded pitcher Ben Meyer has also received the award twice.
Windle, a 6-foot, 4-inch lefthanded pitcher, threw 103 pitches for his fourth-straight complete game to lead the Golden Gophers to a 3-1 win over the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Windle struck out a career-high 13 batters, bettering the 12 he struck out against Texas on March 22, 2013.
In his last four starts, Windle holds a 0.75 earned run average in 36 innings pitched. In that span, he's scattered 13 hits, three earned runs, 34 strikeouts and walked just three batters. On the season, Windle has a 1.44 ERA, a 4-2 record in seven starts. With a team-high 50 innings pitched, Windle has struck out 45 batters this year.

Minnesota hosts St. John’s (Minn.) on April 10 at 3:05 p.m. Following the midweek game, the Gophers travel to Evanston, Ill., to compete against Northwestern, April 12-14. Friday’s game is set for 3:05 p.m., followed by 1 p.m.  games on Saturday and Sunday.

Minnesota has 12 players within the Major League or Minor League affiliates. The Gophers have three players that are currently playing in Major League Baseball in Jack Hannahan (Cincinnati Reds), Cole De Vries (Minnesota Twins) and Glen Perkins (Minnesota Twins). The Gophers have six former players in the Minnesota Twins system.

Jack Hannahan, MLB, Cincinnati Reds   
Cole De Vries, MLB Minnesota Twins
Glen Perkins, MLB Minnesota Twins   
Nate Hanson, Minnesota Twins-New Britian AA
Dan Lyons, Independent-Long Island Ducks   
Nick O’Shea, Cincinnati Reds-Dayton Dragons Class A
Seth Rosin, Philadelphia- Reading Fightin Phils-AA    
TJ Oakes, Colorado Rockies-Ashville Tourist Class A
Justin Gominsky, Houston-Quad City River Bandits Class A    
Kyle Knudson, Mike Kvasnicka, AJ Peterson, Minnesota Twins-Fort Myers Miracle Class A       

Entering the weekend, Ohio State is tied for third in the Big Ten with a 4-2 record in conference play, 18-8 overall. The Buckeyes swept Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., but fell in two of three games to Michigan State, March 29-31 for the 4-2 conference record. Kirby Pellant leads the Buckeyes  with a .383 batting average in 18 games played. Patrick Porter and Jacob Bosiokovic leads the team with 18 RBI, while Bosiokovic also has a team-best three home runs. Jaron Long is back for his second year as the Buckeye Friday starter. A first-team All-Big Ten selection, Long enters the series with a 2.61 ERA, 4-1 record in 48.1 innings pitched. Saturday’s starter Brad Goldberg is 4-0 this year, a team-best 35 strikeouts and holds a 1.77 ERA in 40.2 innings pitched. LHP Brian King will go to the mound on Sunday. He holds a 2.83 ERA in seven starts and 47.2 innings.

Tom Windle has pitched four-straight complete games this season. The junior LHP has as many complete games as the entire team did last year, in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007. Former Gopher and current Minnesota Twin Cole DeVries had three in 2006. Gopher alum and current Minnesota Twin Glen Perkins had six complete games in 2004 and seven in 2003.




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