Oct. 8, 2012
Gophersports.com caught up with junior college transfer Alec Crawford during the fall ball season. Playing with Des Moines Area Community College the past two seasons, Crawford enters his first year with the Gophers this fall. Gophersports.com will periodically post a "Get to Know Your New Gophers" throughout the season leading up to the start of spring campaign. Here's a brief look at the Wilton, Iowa native and his background.
Junior Pitcher Alec Crawford Bio:
PRIOR TO MINNESOTA: No. 1 pitcher for Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) • NJCAA First Team All-American in 2012 as well as NJCAA All-Tournament Team • also all-region, all-conference when he posted a 12-1 record, 2.33 ERA in 104.1 innings pitched in 2012 • produced a team-best 1.77 earned run average in 15 appearances and 12 starts in 2011 • pitching 91.2 innings, struck out 90 batters in seven complete games for a 10-2 record • named to the 2011 National Junior College Division II World Series All-Tournament Team • struck out 15 batters as the Bears defeated UConn-Avery Point, 5-0, in the tournament's second round • tossed a complete game five-hitter in leading DMACC to the win • played baseball, basketball, football and golf at Wilton High School where he was all-state and all-elite in baseball, and second-team all-state in basketball • also played for the Eau Claire Express in the Northwoods League in 2011. Crawford graduated from Wilton High School in 2010 and is the son of Ken and Dawn Crawford.
PERSONAL: A 2010 graduate of Wilton High School • born January 10, 1992 • son of Ken and Dan Crawford • has a brother, Cole • lists playing in the JUCO World Series two straight years his most memorable sports thrill • sports management major.
What's your earliest baseball memory?
My earliest baseball memory was playing t-ball for my AAU team.
Favorite pro baseball player and why?
My favorite player to watch in the MLB is Justin Verlander just because of how he is able to throw so many pitches at so many different speeds.
Favorite baseball team?
My favorite team is the Chicago Cubs.
Best place you've played at so far?
The best place I've played so far would have to be at David Allen Memorial Ball Park in Enid, Oklahoma for the D2 JUCO World Series while I was at DMACC.
I chose Minnesota because I love the campus and the guys on the team are very welcoming. They made me feel like one of the guys on my visit. I really wanted to compete for a Big Ten title while getting a quality education so Minnesota seemed the perfect place for me.
Favorite eating place on the U of M campus and food?
My favorite spot to eat here at the U of M is probably Annie's because of their good food and awesome milkshakes!
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