Gophers' Anderson reflects on wonderful weekend for UofM baseball

"It was one of the great college baseball games I've coached."

Adam Carter
June 04, 2018 - 5:04 pm

Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota


The last time the University of Minnesota baseball team advanced through the regional tournament in the NCAA, Jimmy Carter was president. 

That might seem surprising, considering the amount of success that John Anderson has had as Gopher head coach.  But Anderson sees something special in his 2018 team.  

"There's a saying, 'Sometimes the most talented teams don't always win,'" Anderson told WCCO's Chad Hartman Monday. "But the teams that have the strongest culture and get after it every day and stay connected to the daily process can get more than maybe they should out of their teams, and I think that's one of these teams."

The Gophers won all three of the games they played in over the weekend at Siebert Field, where the U of M hosted a regional in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Anderson says it was a huge advantage to be home at the new Siebert Field, playing in front of sold-out crowds.

"We don't win the game Saturday night, the 3-2 game against UCLA, unless we're at home, in my opinion.  The crowd was a factor and being in our environment in which we're most comfortable. It was one of the great college baseball games I've coached."

Up next for the Gophers, a super regional in Corvaillis, Oregon, against Oregon State.  Game times are yet to be determined. Anderson says the Gophers will face a tough task.

"They've won as many games over the last three or four years as any team in America.  They're very good at home.  Their pitching numbers are stifling."

The winner of the best-of-three game series will advance to the College World Series in Omaha