What a season the Gophers are having as an athletic department in the spring! Softball has continued to roll since we last checked on them, sitting on an incredible 32-3 record going into their home series against Indiana this weekend, while last week’s guest Justin Karstadt was just named B1G Gymnast of the Year, and this week’s guest, Toby Hanson of Gopher Baseball, has spurred the U on to 10 wins in a row on the diamond. The most recent of those came against NDSU Tuesday, and the Gophers’ RBI leader had a chance to join us postgame to talk about the Maroon and Gold’s pursuit of a second straight B1G title.
It’s a value buy on Gopher Sports Update this week, two guests for the price of one, and double the quality of a normal one guest show, so that means you get four times the show with eight times the quality in 26 minutes and 50 seconds! If those numbers don’t have your head spinning, let’s see if we can make it happen with more figures! Our first guest, Gopher Men’s Tennis Junior Matic Spec, traveled 4,736 miles to play his collegiate tennis in Dinkytown. Once here, Matic won 31 singles and 18 doubles matches his freshman year, and has been consistently excellent since. Guest two, Gopher Baseball left-handed pitcher Lucas Gilbreath, was taken in the 2014 MLB Draft with the 1,073rd pick, a selection made by his home state Colorado Rockies. Lucas passed on the chance to ‘go right out of high school straight into the pros’ (#Nelly), instead choosing Maroon and Gold pastures after getting to know our old friend Todd Oakes. Both join this week as their seasons begin to kick into full force, Matic to chat about his time as a Gopher, Lucas to regale us with tales of Todd and look ahead to the Gophers B1G title defense.
Gopher Baseball produced four MLB draft picks this year, and GSU talks with one of them this week to see how the first few weeks of life in the pros are going. Oakland A’s farmhand Dalton Sawyer, who was also a Second Team All-Big Ten pitcher and an integral member of the Gophers B1G Regular Season Title in 2016, joins this week to give us an inside look at life as a Lake Monster.
Awesome achievements from Gopher greats don’t stop just because school is out, so after a few weeks of looking back at the best moments of the Gopher year here on GSU, it’s time to catch you up on those noteworthy happenings you may have missed while soaking in the maroon and gold countdown mania like it was sun on a 90-degree day at Lake Calhoun. Matt looks at some standouts from the diamond, moving on to the next level, top-end talents from around campus receiving awards months after their Dinkytown days have ended, as well as what’s ahead for Gopher men’s basketball after their 2016-17 schedule was released last week.
It’s been seven long days since Gopher Sports Update left you with the ultimate cliffhanger, revealing the lower half of the top 10 moments of the 2015-16 athletics season, but making you wait an entire week to find out the best moments of the year that was in Gopher athletics. Well, if you haven’t rebelled and deleted gophersportsupdate.com from your favorites, we welcome you back for one of the most anticipated shows of the year, where GSU reveals the most prolific accomplishment on campus this year across the sports landscape. Hint: a picture is worth what’s approaching a thousand national titles.
Difficult subjects on Gopher Sports Update this week as Matt and Mike remember legendary Gopher Baseball Pitching Coach Todd Oakes who passed away after a third battle with leukemia last week. After GSU listens in to head coach John Anderson and redshirt senior pitcher Ty Mcdevitt’s remembrance of T.O., Gopher Wrestling is the topic of discussion in segment three, with controversy hitting Dinkytown once again.
When you think Gopher Women’s Basketball record-holders, this past season probably makes you think Rachel Banham, and Rachel Banham alone, holds them all. But did you know that Rachel’s fellow senior, and this week’s guest on GSU, holds MULTIPLE program records as well? She’s had a heck of a career in her own right, and will go down as one of the best playmakers in the history of women’s basketball at the U. Her name is Shayne Mullaney, and she joins this week after GSU tackles a tough subject: the health of Gopher Baseball pitching coach Todd Oakes.
Gopher Sports Update has always been good luck, it’s just science. After joining GSU late last week, Gopher Baseball senior infielder Connor Schaefbauer went out and hit the first two bombs of his college career Sunday against Iowa on the way to a 6-3 win to take the series against the hated Hawkeyes. The legitimate, bonafide power threat tells us about his exploits as a prep athlete and how this year’s Gopher team is thriving offensively.
A wealth of knowledge, information, and insight, some of Matt and Mike’s favorite conversations all year long come with Gopher baseball coach John Anderson. GSU caught up with ’14’ just before the start of the 2016 campaign for an engaging conversation about the Gophers’ tour of US Bank Stadium, this year’s version of the team on the diamond, and legend Herb Isakson, 34-year Gopher volunteer assistant coach, who passed away earlier this year.
Whenever Gopher Baseball Head Coach John Anderson joins the show, it’s not a chat or a talk, it’s a seminar on college baseball and how to push towards success. For that reason, this is one of our favorite annual visits, as Coach Anderson, having just completed his 34th season at the helm of the maroon and gold, joins to discuss how the Gophers plan to get back to the top of the Big Ten, and to share his feelings about the day he exchanged lineup cards with his good friend Paul Molitor.