Aug. 9, 2012
University of Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson has announced that Alex LaShomb has been accepted to the University of Minnesota and will join the Golden Gopher baseball program this fall. A native of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., LaShomb will be a junior next season after two successful years at Des Moines Area Community College.
A 6-foot, 4-inch 250 pound first-baseman, LaShomb was named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Third Team All-American his sophomore season. In 2012 with the Bears, LaShomb led the NJCAA with 19 home runs. He also placed fourth nationally with 72 runs batted in, also a team high. His 19 home runs last season placed him second on DMACC's single-season home run record list. With a .360 batting average last year, he also hammered out a .711 slugging percentage and a .457 on-base percentage. A teammate of incoming Gopher pitcher Alec Crawford (Wilton, Iowa), the duo helped DMACC to a 55-15 overall record. The Bears won their fifth ICCAC (Iowa Community College Athletic Conference) championship, were both regional and district champions and qualified for the NJCAA Division II Baseball National Championship. As a first baseman, he posted a .990 fielding percentage.
LaShomb joins Gopher newcomers Crawford, Joey Brettingen, Dan Motl Dalton Sawyer, Connor Schaefbauer, Jordan Smith, Matt Stemper and Troy Traxler to the 2013 roster. Full Gopher roster can be found here.
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