Minneapolis, Minn. – Coming from New Ulm, Minn., Gabe Knowles has been getting used to the city life at the University of Minnesota.
Knowles had a .436 career batting average at Cathedral High School along with six home runs, 27 stolen basses and 114 hits. He was named all-conference three times and all-area once.
GopherSports.com sat down with the freshman to talk a little baseball and school.
GopherSports.com: How did you get into baseball?
Gabe Knowles: Ever since I can remember I have been playing baseball whether it was with my parents in my backyard or with my friends at the ball park. I was hooked as soon as I picked up a bat and ball.
GS: Why did you choose the University of Minnesota?
GK: It had been a dream of mine to play here for the Gophers and as soon as I got the call from the coaches I said yes. When I came for my visit, the team welcomed me and I already felt a part of a family that I did not feel at other schools.
GS: What is your top baseball accomplishment so far?
GK: My top accomplishment is being able to play for the University of Minnesota. Not everyone is blessed with the privilege to be a Golden Gopher and I am definitely proud of the work I did to get where I am today.
GS: Why do you enjoy baseball?
GK: I love the game of baseball because there is a never ending amount of knowledge to learn about the game. Every day when I come to practice I learn something new and to me that’s the beauty of the game.
GS: What are your interests outside of baseball?
GK: In my free time I love to go fishing and hunting. I love the outdoors and I always enjoy being away from the busy city for a while.
GS: Have you learned anything new while being at the University of Minnesota?
GK: I have learned that being in college helps you find who you really are. You have the freedom to do whatever you wish and by doing that you really learn what kind of person you are and who you want to be in the future.
GS: Who is your favorite athlete?
GK: The Captain: Derek Jeter. He did everything the right way by working endlessly towards his goal and that is why he had so much success. His composure and swagger on the diamond is why I looked up to him so much.
GS: Being a freshman, do you ask the upperclassmen for advice on how to succeed as a player as well as academically?
GK: All the time. They are always open to questions and are willing to give us the information we need to be successful on and off the field.
GS: How has your first year of college been? Any moments that stick out?
GK: My first year has been a challenge. Coming from a small town to Minneapolis has been a tough transition, but I am enjoying the adventure every day. There hasn’t really been a single moment that has been significant to me. Each day is a new challenge that I take on and try to become a better player and student.
GS: What are your thoughts about the fall Steak N’ Beans Series?
GK: The Steak N’ Beans series was a blast. It was my first taste of college baseball and it makes me even more excited for the regular season this coming spring.
GS: What are you looking forward to during the spring season?
GK: I’m looking forward to travelling around the country with the squad. I believe we have a great shot at being successful this year and I am willing to do whatever it takes to help the team come out on top.
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