|Minnesota vs St. Thomas
|Date||May 1, 2012|
|Audio||GopherSports.com (Listen Online)|
|Live Blog||Game Day Live|
ST. THOMAS NOTES
Minnesota is 63-12 all time against the Tommies, dating back to 1891.
Minnesota and St. Thomas met last year on April 26, also at Siebert Field. The Tommies prevailed in an 8-3 win.
The Gophers dropped to 10-13 on the season in the 8-3 loss. Former Gopher AJ Pettersen led the Gophers and reached base five times.
The game against UST was the first of two played at Siebert Field last year. The Gophers would schedule also schedule Augsburg and South Dakota, but both would be cancelled due to weather. The Gophers would only play North Dakota State on May 17, 2011 at Siebert, while the rest of the games were at Target Field.
John Anderson is in his 31st year as the Golden Gopher head coach and 34th year overall at the University of Minnesota. Anderson is coaching his 1,842nd career game. He currently holds an all-time record of 1,089-719-3 (.602 winning percentage).
The Golden Gopher baseball team is in its 124th year as a Minnesota varsity sport.
Minnesota is 26-20 on the season. The Gophers are coming off a series win against Iowa last weekend. Minnesota won, 5-4 Friday, 4-3 Saturday and fell, 5-4 (12 innings) Sunday.
With a 9-6 Big Ten Conference record, the Gophers are currently tied for second place in the league standings. Tied with Indiana, Purdue holds the top spot with a 14-4 conference record.
ON THE DOCKET
The Gophers will the close out their home season with a series against Penn State, May 4-6. Minnesota will honor its senior class on Sunday, May 6.
THREE GAMES, THREE VENUES
Minnesota will play the next three games in three different venues. The Golden Gophers will host St. Thomas on Tuesday at Siebert Field. The Gophers return to the Metrodome on Friday, May 4, against Penn State. Saturday's game will be held at Target Field. The Gophers will then return back to the Metrodome on Sunday for the final home game of the season.
ABOUT SIEBERT FIELD
Siebert Field was constructed in 1971 and originally called Bierman Field. The field was later dedicated to former legendary head coach Dick Siebert, who passed away in December 1978. Renamed Siebert Field in 1979 "Chief" also had his No. 24 retired, which can be seen on the right field wall alongside David Chelsnik (26), Paul Giel (34), Herb Isakson (5), Paul Molitor (11) and Dave Winfield (31). Prior to 1971, Minnesota played on Delta Field, which was located over the current left field wall. Since the 1971 construction, the Gophers held a 584-179-2 all-time record at the facility and 457-55 once renamed Siebert Field. Coined by head coach John Anderson, Siebert Magic, Minnesota held a 76.5 winning percentage on the site.
BRINGING BACK THE ALUMS AND CONNECTIONS
Minnesota will bring back a number of Gopher alums back for the events today. Along with current head coach, former Gopher coach George Thomas will be at the game, while his grandkids will serve as batboys and girls. Even a number of former bat girls from the 1980s will be on hand and working some of the innings in the dugout.
GAMEDAY FESTIVITIES ANNOUNCED FOR FINAL PITCH AT SIEBERT FIELD
Minnesota hosts the Final Pitch at Siebert Field, May 1, against St. Thomas. The first pitch is slated for a 6:35 p.m. start. The Golden Gophers will have a variety of activities surrounding the day's event. The Golden Gopher baseball alumni will have a chance to take a final at-bat. From 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Minnesota alums can partake in batting practice, while a kid's wiffle ball game will be held in the football practice field.
The ceremonial first pitch will be held at 6:25, and will feature Marilyn Siebert, daughter of legendary coach Dick Siebert, former coach George Thomas and former Gophers Paul Molitor and Terry Steinbach. During each half inning, every decade and alums of Gopher baseball dating back to 1940s, will be honored out on the field.
Fans can purchase tickets online, by phone (612-624-8080), at the Mariucci Ticket Office (during business hours), at the Metrodome (before the 5th inning of Gopher Baseball games), or at Siebert Field on game-day (starting at 2:30 p.m.). All tickets will be issued as general admission and seating is available on a first-come, first serve basis.
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