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Minnesota Baseball are your Big Ten Champions!



This has been a roller coaster week for everyone in and around Minnesota Baseball. This is the week that they learned their beloved pitching coach Todd Oakes was entering hospice following a lengthy battle against acute myeloid leukemia. It's also the week they won their 22nd Big Ten Title. We're always excited for Gopher teams when their hard work pays off, but I'm especially glad for Minnesota Baseball during the trying time and I'm glad they'll be able to share this with TO.

The Gopher took home the title in front of a record crowd of over 1,700 fans at Siebert Field after rallying from being down 3-0 after 5.5 innings. Here's a little more from

Down 3-0, the Gophers (34-17, 16-6 Big Ten) scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, including three with two outs en route to their first league championship since 2010.

Dalton Sawyer put in a solid outing to guide the Maroon and Gold. The southpaw went 7.2 innings and surrendered just two earned runs on five hits to get the win on the hill. Sawyer also netted nine strikeouts, marking the seventh time he’s sent down eight or more in an appearance this season.

Austin Athmann, Toby Hanson and Connor Schaefbauer each secured two-hit games to pace the offense.Micah Coffey, Dan Motl, Jordan Smith and Athmann all crossed the plate once in the nine-inning affair.

One win alone wouldn't be enough on it's own to seal the title. But thanks to Nebraska, the Gophers and their fans got to watch the B1G title come home on the Siebert Field scoreboard.

After that, the celebration was on!

While the title is in hand, the series isn't complete. Minnesota plays Ohio State today on Senior Day. First pitch is 2pm and the seniors will be honored following the game. If you weren't one of the many Gopher fans who enjoyed the game last night, get down to Siebert and celebrate with the seniors!

The Gophers also locked up the #1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and may have made their case to host a regional in the NCAA tournament. We'll have coverage of both as next week begins.