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Golden Nugz 02.17.12

Believe it or not Gopher baseball begins their season TODAY. Hard to believe that anyone could be playing baseball on February 17th, but today is day 1 of the Big Ten / Big East Challenge.

You can listen to the game for free HERE.

Minnesota will face Louisville this morning at 9:00 am CST. The Cardinals were picked by the conference coaches to finish 2nd in the league with RHP-Justin Amlung being selected as the preseason pitcher of the year. Amlung is the probably L'ville starter and the Gophers are likely to counter with T.J. Oakes.

On Saturday they will face St. Johns, who is the preseason #1 team in the Big East. Outfielder Jeremy Baltz is the preseason player of the year. Then on Sunday the Gophers will face USF (#4 preseason). This should be a very challenging weekend for the Gophers who recently were pegged as the 3rd best team in the Big Ten by the coaches.