May 31, 2018 04:26 PM
The University of Minnesota baseball team will host an NCAA Regional this weekend at Siebert Field.
"It's been a long time since we've hosted a regional, it was back in 2000. It's the 19th regional for me. I think of our 32 regionals only eight were at home in our history, so there have been a lot of road games in the NCAA resume. It'll be nice to play in front of our home fans and play at our new facility. It will be a great celebration," says Gophers Head Coach John Anderson.
The Gophers got a huge lift this season from freshman pitcher Patrick Fredrickson. Fredrickson, a true freshman, earned himself the Big Ten’s Pitcher of the Year award along with earning the conference’s Freshman of the Year and being named first team All-Big Ten.
"We've been pretty consistent in all three phases - defense, offense and pitching. The one thing that sticks out we've made play after play after play on defense. To me this regional is about pitching and defense. We need to do those things very well if we're going to succeed in the tournament," Anderson adds.
Minnesota will face Canisius on Friday night at 7pm at Siebert Field, while UCLA takes on Gonzaga at 1pm on Friday afternoon.
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Updated: May 31, 2018 04:26 PM
Created: May 31, 2018 02:58 PM
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