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Minnesota catcher Austin Athmann swings at a pitch from Kansas State in Siebert Field on Tuesday evening. The Gophers beat Kansas 19 to 7 with 23 hits.

Anderson gets 1,200th career victory against Kansas

May 4, 2016

The Gophers lineup keeps getting it done.     The team scored a season-high 19 runs off of a season-high 23 hits on Tuesday night at Siebert Field in a 19-7 victory over Kansas.     No....

Sophomore Alex Boxwell runs to first base during the Gophers' game against South Dakota State at Siebert Field on April 13.

Boxwell matures after hard freshman campaign

May 3, 2016

Sophomore outfielder Alex Boxwell was used to baseball success growing up.     The Minnesota Mr. Baseball finalist was also used to being on campus, as his mother, Lisa, was a hurdler on the...

Rachel Banham looks to pass the ball during the second quarter at Williams Arena on Feb 15.

Banham enters new system with Sun

May 3, 2016

Rachel Banham is starting her pro career as one of several new faces on the Connecticut Sun.     The former Gophers star was drafted fourth overall by the team on April 14 and began training...

Offense responds to beat Illinois

May 2, 2016

The Gophers were shut out for the first time in a calendar year during the second game of Friday’s doubleheader against Illinois.     Minnesota’s bats came back with...

Sophomore Micah Coffey prepares to bat during the Gophers game against South Dakota State at Siebert Field on Apr. 13.

Gophers drop road game

April 27, 2016

The Gophers dropped their first midweek game of the season on Tuesday, ending a five-game winning streak.     No. 19 Minnesota (25-12) traveled to North Dakota State and lost to the Bison...

Lucas Gilbreath pitches at Siebert Field on April 17 during the Gophers' weekend series against Maryland.

Gilbreath becomes steady bullpen arm for Gophers

April 26, 2016

Lucas Gilbreath has been one of the best arms in Minnesota’s bullpen since making his debut a month ago.     The sophomore lefty’s season got off to a late start due to issues off...

Gophers centerfielder Austin Athmann swings at a pitch at Siebert Field on Mar. 31, 2015.

Gophers sweep Wildcats

April 25, 2016

The Gophers swept Northwestern on the road over the weekend for their fifth consecutive series victory, led by career pitching performances from senior Dalton Sawyer on Saturday and junior Toby...

Redshirt senior Ty McDevitt pitches the ball at Siebert Field on Tuesday, April 19 where the Gophers took on North Dakota State.

McDevitts form sibling battery

April 21, 2016

Most pitchers and catchers have a special relationship on the mound, but one Gophers battery has even deeper bonds.     When redshirt senior reliever Ty McDevitt looked for his sign on...

Freshman infielder Eddie Estrada slides through home plate at Siebert Field on Tuesday. After six innings with no runs during a game versus North Dakota State, the Gophers scored seven runs in the seventh inning, later closing the match 10-0.

Minnesota wins fifth consecutive midweek contest

April 20, 2016

The Gophers’ potent offense waited until the seventh inning, but it came to life on Tuesday after sputtering early at Siebert Field.     No. 25 Minnesota was held to four hits through...

Sophomore Luke Pettersen prepares to bat at Siebert Field on April 1, where the Gophers faced the University of Iowa.

Pettersen steps in at shortstop

April 19, 2016

Early last week, Gophers head coach John Anderson and sophomore Luke Pettersen met in Anderson’s office to discuss the infielder’s decreased playing time.     Pettersen had more...

Redshirt Junior Jordan Smith prepares to hit a pitch pitch during the weekend series against Maryland at Siebert Field Sunday. Although losing the series to Maryland, Smith's single in bottom of the 8 brought in two runs and gave the gophers a lead in their 6-4 victory.

Minnesota comes back to win two

April 18, 2016

Two big eighth-inning comebacks on Friday and Sunday lifted the Gophers to a series victory against Maryland over the weekend.     Minnesota (21-11, 6-2) scored seven runs...

Sophomore Micah Coffey prepares to bat during the Gophers' game against South Dakota State at Siebert Field on April 13.

Consistent fielding key for Minnesota

April 14, 2016

Head coach John Anderson and assistant head coach Rob Fornasiere have kept running records of each team’s defensive statistics during their 31 years at the helm.      Anderson said...

Freshman infielder Terrin Vavra runs past third base at Siebert Field, where the Gophers faced the University of Iowa on April 1.

Family ties push Vavra to succeed

April 12, 2016

Gophers freshman shortstop Terrin Vavra has always played facing high expectations.      His father, Joe, serves as the Minnesota Twins bench coach, while his two older brothers, Tanner...

Gophers infielder Micah Coffey runs to first at Siebert Field on Apr. 1.

Gophers sweep Michigan

April 11, 2016

The Gophers won a series against a ranked opponent for the second time in three weeks, sweeping a Friday doubleheader at No. 25 Michigan.     Minnesota (18-10, 4-1 Big Ten) won...

Terrin Vavra watches the ball after hitting a home run in the third inning at Siebert Field on Wednesday. The Gophers defeated Northern Illinois University, 12-10.

Minnesota survives Northern Illinois rally

April 7, 2016

Cold temperatures on Wednesday afternoon didn’t slow the Gophers offense, which exploded for 14 hits to down Northern Illinois 12-10 at Siebert Field.     Eight players recorded a hit...

Minnesota starter Tyler Hanson pitches against Augsburg at Siebert Field on May 6, 2014.

Hanson takes move back to bullpen in stride

April 5, 2016

Tyler Hanson is straightforward about why he’s back in the Gophers bullpen after making five starts earlier in the season.     “It’s probably because I didn’t pitch too...

Junior Matt Fiedler throws a pitch at Siebert Field, where the Gophers faced the University of Iowa on Friday.

Minnesota takes two of three from Iowa

April 4, 2016

The Gophers’ bats — which have been a strength so far this season — made an especially strong statement in the third game of their first Big Ten series.     Minnesota (15-10)...

Gophers catcher Austin Athmann runs to first base after hitting a home run at Siebert Field where the Gophers played against Saint Mary's on Wednesday afternoon.

Gophers slug their way to home victory

March 31, 2016

The Gophers’ relentless offense defeated St. Mary’s 9-1 on Wednesday at Siebert Field in the team’s second home game of the season.     Nine Gophers batters recorded...

Gophers catcher Austin Athmann swings at a pitch at Siebert Field on Mar. 31, 2015.

Athmann shows off hitting power

March 30, 2016

When Austin Athmann was hit in the head by a pitch on March 19 at Utah Valley, he was removed from the game due to the resulting minor concussion.     He missed two games but was cleared to...

Gophers infielder Connor Schaefbauer swings at a pitch at Siebert Field on Mar. 31, 2015.

Minnesota wins two at Missouri State

March 28, 2016

The Gophers won both games on Saturday to clinch a series victory against No. 23 Missouri State over the weekend.     Minnesota (12-9) dropped the opener 5-4 on Friday in...

Freshman infielder Terrin Vavra crosses third base at Siebert field, Tuesday, March 22.

Freshmen adding jolt to Gophers lineup

March 24, 2016

The Gophers offense has outscored opponents 115-91 through 18 games this season, and it’s not just veteran players who are finding success at the plate.     Three Minnesota freshmen —...

Senior outfielder Dan Motl sprints to first base at Siebert Field, where the Gophers baseball team took on Penn State on April 18, 2015.

Minnesota ends road trip

March 22, 2016

The Gophers are set to play their first home game against Augsburg on Tuesday, after opening the 2016 season with 17 road games in a row.     The game was added to the team’s schedule Sunday night,...

Gophers outfielder Matt Fiedler runs to third base at Siebert Field on April 28.

Gophers fall in road series at Utah Valley

March 21, 2016

The Gophers started their season 7-3, the team’s best record through 10 games since 2009.     Since then, Minnesota has started to fall off. The Gophers lost their second series in a row...

Gophers outfielder Dan Motl swings at Siebert Field, March 31.

Health key for Motl as a senior

March 10, 2016

Outfielder Dan Motl is hoping to accomplish something as senior he’s been unable to do his first three seasons.     He’s hoping to play a full season.     Motl has missed...

Redshirt senior Rachel Banham drives the ball against Ohio State at Williams Arena on Feb. 24.

Minnesota unlikely to receive NCAA berth

March 9, 2016

The Gophers’ chances of hearing their name called during the NCAA tournament selection show on March 14 look slim.   Minnesota (19-11, 11-7 Big Ten) lost four of its last five games, including...

Gophers outfielder Matt Fielder runs to third base at Siebert Field on April 28, 2015.

Fiedler pitches complete game

March 7, 2016

The Gophers won two of three games for the second weekend in a row to defeat Georgia State in a road series.     Minnesota (7-3) defeated the Panthers 3-0 on Friday and 11-6 on...

Gophers quickly ushered out of Big Ten Tournament

March 3, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS - The Gophers chances for an NCAA tournament berth were potentially dashed on Thursday.Minnesota lost its first game of the Big Ten tournament 84-74 to Northwestern, a team it had defeated...

Sawyer starts again in his senior season

March 3, 2016

Pitcher Dalton Sawyer was one of three Minnesota players drafted in June, but he’s the only one who returned to school.       The Minnesota Twins picked the senior in the 27th round...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham looks up the court while shielding the ball from Northwestern guard Ashley Deary at Williams Arena on Jan. 20.

Minnesota headed to Big Ten tournament

March 3, 2016

The Gophers are heading to the Big Ten tournament with the team’s NCAA tournament hopes on the line.     Fifth-seeded Minnesota (19-10, 11-7 Big Ten) is ranked 75th in the ratings percentage...

Banham earns top honors in the Big Ten

March 1, 2016

Rachel Banham was named the Big Ten player of the year on Monday by coaches and members of the media.     The redshirt senior guard is the fifth Minnesota player to win the award and...

Gophers guard Joanna Hedstrom runs the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday.

Blowout loss ends regular season

February 29, 2016

The Gophers endured their worst defeat in the last game of the regular season.     Minnesota lost to No. 6 Maryland on the road Sunday 110-77, with the Terrapins setting a season-high...

Gophers infielder Connor Shaefbauer bats against Kansas State on April 28, 2015.

Minnesota wins series at Campbell

February 29, 2016

The Gophers offense led the team to a 2-1 record over the weekend in its second series of the season.     Minnesota totaled more than 10 hits in each game against Campbell University. The Gophers...

Fiedler transitions to starting for Gophers

February 25, 2016

Junior Matt Fiedler took the mound for the Gophers’ first game of the season Friday in just his second college start.     He threw a career-high five-and-two-thirds innings against Utah,...

Sophomore guard Carlie Wagner jumps into the arms of teammate Shayne Mullaney after her game-winning shot in overtime against Ohio State in Williams Arena on Wednesday night.

Minnesota pulls off senior night upset

February 25, 2016

Williams Arena erupted as time seemed to run out on the Gophers upset victory over No. 5 Ohio State.     Then the referees halted the celebration. Minnesota was up 78-76 with a put-back at the...

Minnesota guard Mikayla Bailey handles the ball during the second quarter at Williams Arena on Monday, Feb. 15.

Senior class leaving long shadow

February 24, 2016

The Gophers senior night will take place Wednesday as guards Rachel Banham, Mikayla Bailey and Shayne Mullaney play their final game at Williams Arena.     Minnesota will play No. 5...

Gophers outfielder Matt Fielder runs to third base at Siebert Field on April 28, 2015.

Minnesota starts season 3-1 in Arizona

February 22, 2016

The Gophers baseball team opened its season in Surprise, Ariz., over the weekend and won three of four games.     Minnesota’s lineup hit well to open the season, outscoring opponents 31-13...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham carries the ball at Williams Arena on Monday, Feb. 15. Banham scored the winning basket to defeat Iowa 78-76.

Gophers lose two as regular season wanes

February 22, 2016

A 52-point performance by redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham wasn’t enough to lift the Gophers over No. 25 Michigan State.     Minnesota lost 114-106 on the road to the Spartans on...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham looks up court while shielding the ball from Northwestern guard Ashley Deary at Williams Arena on Jan. 20, where the Gophers won 95-92.

Gophers hoping for late run to tourney

February 18, 2016

Rachel Banham has broken Minnesota’s career-points record, tied an NCAA single-game record with 60 points and hit a buzzer-beating 3-point shot her redshirt senior year. But there’s one thing...

Gophers four-game winning streak snapped at Indiana

February 18, 2016

The Gophers four-game winning streak ended Thursday night with a 93-79 loss to Indiana on the road.Minnesota (18-8, 10-5 Big Ten) shot 46 percent from the floor on the night and went just 3-13 from three-point...

Senior outfielder Dan Motl sprints to first base at Siebert Field where the Gophers men's baseball team took on Penn State on April 18, 2015.

New fall caps motivate Gophers

February 18, 2016

Minnesota head coach John Anderson did something differently during fall practice this season.     Instead of giving out the team’s traditional baseball caps with an “M” logo,...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham looks to pass the ball during the second quarter at Williams Arena on Monday night. Banham scored the winning basket to defeat Iowa 78-76.

Banham beats the buzzer against Iowa

February 16, 2016

With eight seconds on the clock and the Gophers trailing by one point, head coach Marlene Stollings said, it was obvious who she wanted to take the last shot.     The entire arena likely knew.     Redshirt...

Sophomore guard Carlie Wagner handles the ball during the game against Nebraska at Williams Arena on Thursday, where the Gophers beat Nebraska 110-73.

Sharp shooting leads to rout of Huskers

February 15, 2016

The Gophers rode their high-powered offense to their seventh victory in eight games Thursday night, scoring more than 100 points for the second game in a row.     Minnesota had five...

Senior Shayne Mullaney faces pressure from Illinois defense at Williams Arena on Jan. 26.

Mullaney adjusts to new role

February 11, 2016

Senior guard Shayne Mullaney stepped into a starting spot early in her college career, but things have changed in her final season.     After starting 76 of her 83 games during her first three...

Gophers pitcher Toby Anderson throws the ball against Kansas State at Siebert Field on April 28, 2015.

Gophers looking to move past 2015 pitching woes

February 9, 2016

The Gophers’ chance at a rebound season in 2016 starts on the mound.     Minnesota has 13 returning pitchers on the staff who will attempt to lower the team’s earned run average from...

Redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham handles the ball at Williams Arena on Thursday, where Minnesota beat Rutgers 85-72.

Banham puts on historic show in Evanston

February 8, 2016

Rachel Banham had a record-setting day on Sunday, and the Gophers needed almost every point.     The redshirt senior guard tied the NCAA record for points in a game, scoring 60 as the Gophers...

Senior Shayne Mullaney faces pressure from Illinois defense at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Minnesota attack on record pace

February 4, 2016

When Marlene Stollings took over the Gophers women’s basketball program in 2014, she brought her fast-paced offense with her.     Now, in only the team’s second season under Stollings,...

Redshirt Sophomore Tim Shannon pitches the ball at Siebert Field where the Gopher Men's Baseball team took on Penn State on April 18, 2015.

Minnesota moving past disappointing 2015 season

February 3, 2016

Minnesota baseball head coach John Anderson said he’s not focused on last season anymore.     The year 2015 was a dismal one for the Gophers baseball team, at least by the standards set...

Allina Starr waits for a free throw to be shot at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 20, where the Gophers defeated the Wildcats 95-92.

Gophers luring transfers back in-state

February 2, 2016

Minnesota women’s basketball head coach Marlene Stollings delivers a clear message to prospective players: It’s never too late to go home.     In Stollings’ two years at the...

Win streak snaps in Ann Arbor

February 1, 2016

The Gophers women’s basketball team lost 92-76 to Michigan on Sunday, snapping a four-game conference winning streak.     Minnesota (14-7, 6-4 Big Ten) shot only 39 percent from the...

Carlie Wagner manages to shoot in between two Maine defenders at Williams Arena on Nov. 20, 2015.

Dynamic scoring duo leads team

January 28, 2016

Minnesota head coach Marlene Stollings isn’t shy about the fact that redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham and sophomore guard Carlie Wagner are the team’s two keys on offense this season.     “It’s...