April 26, 2013
ON A ROLL
In the month of April, Minnesota has held a 7-1 record. In fact, since the end of March, the Gophers have won 10 of their last 12 games. Winning two of three against the likes of both Michigan and Ohio State, Minnesota swept Northwestern on the road two weeks ago. In the month of April, Minnesota has held a team earned run average of 1.62 in 72 innings pitched. In that span, the Gopher pitchers have struck out 64 batters, while the Gopher defense has turned seven double plays. Offensively, Connor Schaefbauer has batted .435, while Andy Henkemeyer sits at .394.
ANDERSON REACHES 500 CONFERENCE WINS
Head coach John Anderson established his 500th career conference win with a 7-1 victory over Northwestern, April 14, in Evanston, Ill. Anderson entered the weekend at 497 career conference wins. With a 4-2 win on Friday and a 6-3 win Saturday, he solidified his 500-win mark with a 7-1 win during the Sunday game. Overall, Anderson holds career wins over the course of his 32 years as the Gopher head coach. Being a part of the Gopher program since 1974, Anderson was a Gopher player, student coach and assistant coach prior to becoming the head coach in 1981.
DID YOU KNOW?
Since John Anderson has become the head coach of Golden Gopher baseball, there has been 37 different head coaches in the Big Ten. Penn State entered the Big Ten in 1991 and has had two, while Nebraska entered in 2012 with their current coach, Darin Erstad. Michigan has had the most coaching changes at six, while Michigan State has had five and Illinois with four. Between Anderson and legendary coach Dick Siebert, the duo have coached in over 3,000 Gopher games and 75 percent in school history.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TICKETS NOW ON SALE
All-Tournament passes and group tickets to the 2013 Big Ten Baseball Tournament to be held May 22-25 at Target Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins, are on sale now. All-Tournament passes are $30 each, while group tickets (minimum 20) are available for $7 per ticket. Single-game tickets will be available day-of-game only at the Target Field Box Office and are $10 each for adults and $7 each for youth, senior citizens and students with a valid college ID. Individual game tickets for the tournament can be purchased at the Target Field Box Office adjacent to Gate 29 starting two hours prior to the start of the first game each day. All-Tournament passes and group tickets are now on sale by calling the Target Field Box Office at (612) 338-9467 or (800) 338-9467.
The tournament bracket is set to be announced on the evening of Saturday, May 18, which is the final scheduled day of regular-season competition. The Big Ten Baseball Tournament is a double-elimination event that awards byes to the top two teams. The Big Ten Champion is the team or teams that finish atop the regular-season standings, while the Big Ten Tournament Champion receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
WINTER WEATHER BLUES
Like the rest of the conference, Minnesota has had its fair share of postponements and schedule changes because of weather. Due to a potential rain out, Minnesota played a doubleheader against Michigan on March 30 and cancelled the Sunday competition. Minnesota and Ohio State played two suspended games at Siebert Field that went into the next day of competition. The Gophers also had three midweek games compromised because of weather at South Dakota State (4/3), home against Winona State (4/9) and St. John’s (4/10). While getting in all three scheduled games against Northwestern, weather conditions cancelled the Gophers’ entire home series against Michigan State last weekend. In 1965 and 1972, the program held its fewest games at 28. In 1972, Minnesota only played 14 of its 18 scheduled conference games.
ON THE DOCKET
Minnesota hosts St. Thomas on Wednesday, May 1 at Siebert Field. Originally scheduled for 4/30, the game was changed to accommodate a Tommies need for a conference doubleheader. Minnesota then travels to Penn State, May 3-5. Friday’s game against PSU is set for 5:05 p.m. CT time, followed by a 1:05 p.m. and a noon game Saturday and Sunday.
IN THE NATIONAL AND BIG TEN RANKINGS
Minnesota sits high in the national standings in a few pitching categories. The Gopher pitching corps holds a team earned run average of 2.74. That mark sits second in the Big Ten (Indiana at 2.42) and 19th nationally. Individually, Tom Windle ranks 22nd nationally with a 1.35 ERA. Windle ranks second in the league in ERA, opposing batting average (.179) and strikeouts (57).
Minnesota holds a 177-110 all-time mark against Iowa, dating back to 1892. Last year, Minnesota won the first two games by scores of 5-4 and 4-3 before falling, 5-4 in 12 innings to the Hawkeyes at the Dome. The last time Minnesota played in Iowa City was in 2010 as the Gophers won two of three games.
ABOUT THE HAWKEYES
Iowa enters the Minnesota series with a 15-20 overall record and a 3-9 mark in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes dropped two of three games at Penn State on April 20-21, winning the second game, 5-2. Prior to their losses to PSU, the Hawkeyes dropped two of three to Nebraska. Nick Roscetti leads the team with a .351 batting average in 24 games, while Kris Goodman has seen action in all 35 and is hitting .314. In Big Ten play, Trevor Kenyon is hitting .395 and has 10 RBI. Scheduled to start for Iowa Friday is left-handed pitcher Matt Dermody. He enters the Minnesota series with a 6-1 record, a 3.84 ERA and a team-high 42 strikeouts. RHP Andrew Hanse is scheduled to start on Saturday and holds a 3-2 record and a 4.46 ERA. Iowa will then send LHP Sasha Kuebel to the mound on Sunday. Kuebel was a 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American last year and in his sophomore season has pitched 48.2 innings with a 6.84 ERA.
THE LAST TIME
Minnesota earned two one-runs games against the Hawkeyes before falling 5-4 in 12 to Iowa to take two of three games, April 27-29 at the H.H.H. Metrodome in Minneapolis. Matt Halloran hit a home run and three RBI to help the Gophers to a 5-4 win in the first game. He then followed with a walk-off walk Saturday as the Gophers won, 4-3. After Minnesota held a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh, Iowa came back to tie the game in the top of the eighth and scored the game-winning run in the top of the 12th for a 5-4, 12-inning win to avoid the sweep.