The Minnesota Gophers baseball team was eliminated in the super regional round Saturday night by the Oregon State Beavers. The loss ends a historic season for the baseball team, who were a couple wins away from earning their first College World Series birth since 1977. The team was carried all season by a strong senior class and a couple young freshman pitchers. Freshman Max Meyer and Patrick Frederickson both earned All-American honors this season. Junior shortstop Terrin Vavra also was a key piece to the team, he was drafted in the third round of the major league baseball draft by the Colorado Rockies and is expected to sign with them soon. Vavra has Minnesota ties as his dad was the third base coach for the Minnesota Twins for a long time before leaving last season to go coach for the Detroit Tigers. Minnesota ties are what made this Gophers baseball team so special, they had so many key players on the team who were from the state and that made fans like me so interested in their success.
The Oregon State team that defeated the Gophers was very talented and had three players drafted in the first round batting in their lineup. Let’s hope the team can rebound from the loss and have another strong season next year.