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  1. #76
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    Rodent vs Rodent rematch of last years Super.
    Both squads lost a ton from last year. Beavers return only their catcher and 1B from last years CWS
    champions. Like the Goph’s they lost a bunch of multi year stalwarts. They also lost their coach Pat Casey to retirement. The pitching staff is very deep and talented and should be the strength of the team while all the youngsters find their way. The starter today is Sam Tweedt a RS SR. He was fantastic 8-1 as the midweek starter as a true freshman. Had TJ surgery before his Soph year and has not been the same. Given all the other options, I’m surprised he gets the ball today. At his best he has a great 12-6 curve, but has struggled with control since the injury. I hoping to see Max pitch to Adley Rutchsman, the all everything catcher. Must see TV. They were battery mates on the college all star team last summer. May the best Rodent win!


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    Gophers get blasted 13-1 today. Listening to the game it was real tight and back and forth through the first 3 innings but Oregon State blew things open in the 4th with 1 out. It started with a long AB that resulted in a walk, then a bloop single, and a couple infield singles where it sounded like Thoresen didn't get over to cover 1st base. That setup a bases loaded situation with a 3-1 Beaver lead for the best hitter in college baseball and he blew the game open with a grand slam. Gophers never really recovered after that and Oregon State kept tacking on against bullpen guys. Seemed like Oregon State made a lot of nice defensive plays in the outfield and especially in the first half of the game it sounded like the Gopher hitters were just missing on some things. Gophers need to bounce back with a good performance and a win tomorrow against Gonzaga and get out of this first weekend at .500.


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    Last 2 games have been very disappointing. Here's hoping they can win tomorrow and salvage a split.

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    Report from Surprise. Good game for three innings. Thoresen looked good early. 94 on the gun. He messed up not covering 1B setting up the backbreaking grand slam to dead center by Rutchsman. Eli hit the ball well and just missed hitting a couple balls out. Goph’s had a couple of defensive gaffes in the outfield later in the game. Meyer had a nice double and McDevitt has struck the ball well down here. The offense does not look like it will be as potent as the last couple years, which is not surprising given the losses from last years squad. Beat the Zags tonight and the opening weekend is a success. Two bad starts by the top two pitchers is not a good way to open the season, however.

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    Gophers lose to Gonzaga 6-5 to finish up a surprising and disappointing weekend in Arizona. Gophers got 2 gift runs in the 1st but only had 1 hit in the first 7 innings that coming off the bat of freshman Zack Raabe. Gophers tried to rally late after Gonzaga had built a 6-2 lead behind a 3 run 3rd and 4th. Gophers got 2 in the 7th behind a double from Eli Wilson, a triple from Easton Bertrand, and a sac fly from Zack Raabe. Gophers looked like they might steal a victory in the 9th as Wilson and Cole McDevitt started the inning with singles. 14 then opted to have Easton Bertrand sacrifice bunt and he got the job done, I thought he would let him hit especially because Gonzaga had just brought in the same pitcher Bertrand homered off of Friday. Zack Raabe followed with a tapper back to the pitcher and they got Wilson at the plate. Ben Mezzenga kept the comeback alive with a single to score McDevitt but the threat ended as Chase Stanke struck out to end the game. 14 mixed up the lineup a little facing a lefty so vetrerans Ben Mezzenga and Eddie Estrada didn't start as well as 3rd baseman Jack Wassel. Freshmen Andrew Wilhite and Zack Raabe made their first career starts and Sophomore Jacob Hitz got the start at 3rd base. Hopefully a lot of improvement between week 1 and week 2 for the Gophers. The pitching has definitely been a little concerning this weekend but a number of guys have proven what they can do at this level so hopefully this is just a early season bump in the road for those guys. Also a little concerning 3 errors in the first 4 games from Jordan Kozicky. Gonna need him to solidify things because he will get plenty of opportunities. I know Oregon State will be very good and sounds like both New Mexico and Gonzaga have a chance to be tournament teams so don't think these losses will hurt too much. Should be facing another tournament type team in Dallas Baptist this weekend. Looks like they have a free stream so excited to be able to get my first look at the team this season.


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