Three Minnesota baseball players honored

Big Ten Freshman of the Year Glenn Perkins, Big Ten Player of the Year Luke Appert and All-Big Ten Shortstop Scott Welch were selected to the AVCA All-Mideast Regional Teams. In addition, Gopher track star Mitch Potter and head coach Phil Lundin also received national recognition heading into this week's NCAA championships.

Even though the Minnesota baseball team bowed out early in NCAA baseball regional action, the postseason accolades keep coming for the Golden Gophers.

Glen Perkins (Stillwater, Minn.) was named First-Team AVCA All-Mideast Region, while Luke Appert (Cottage Grove, Minn.) and Scott Welch (Missoula, Mon.) were named Second-Team All-Mideast Region. Minnesota finished the season 40-22, going 1-2 in NCAA regional action. The Golden Gophers won back-to-back Big Ten regular-season titles for the first time since 1973-74, and claimed their first 40-win season since 1999, winning a school record 24 Big Ten games.

Perkins was 10-2 with a 2.91 ERA and a school-record 117 strikeouts on the season. He also pitched seven complete games on the season. Perkins became the first pitcher in Big Ten history to win all of his conference starts, going 8-0. He also added a victory over Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament for his ninth win over a Big Ten team. Perkins lost his first outing of the year to Arizona on Feb. 23, and then ran off 10 straight victories before losing to Washington in the NCAA Tournament 4-3 on May 30. Perkins was also First-Team All-Big Ten and the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Appert, who was the first player in the Big Ten to win back-to-back Player of the Year honors since Barry Larkin in 1984-85, finished the season batting .373, with 53 runs, 45 RBI and a .476 on-base percentage. He finished fourth in the Big Ten in batting average, third in on-base percentage, third in runs scored, second in hits, ninth in RBI, first in doubles and sixth in stolen bases. Appert also was a Third-Team Collegiate Baseball All-American at second base. The four-year starter also finished his Minnesota career in second place for career hits with 287, second place in doubles at 69, fourth in runs scored with 203, fifth in RBI at 172 and eighth in home runs with 28.

Welch was named a First-Team All-Big Ten shortstop for a second season in a row. He finished his career with a .370 batting average in Big Ten play, which was fifth in school history. Welch finished the season with a .351 batting average, a team-leading five homers and a team-leading 46 RBI. He batted .362 in Big Ten play and had 26 RBI in 30 games. Welch also collected 26 multiple-hit games on the season, and had 19 doubles. He finished 10th on the Minnesota career list in hits with 244, was 11th in doubles (45) and was 11th in games played(213).


Minnesota's Mitch Potter and head coach Phil Lundin were named to Mondo Midwest Region awards, the U.S. Track & Field Coaches Association announced. Potter garnered the Midwest Region Outdoor Athlete of the Year, while Lundin earned Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors. The duo will be honored at a banquet at the national championship meet this weekend.

Potter recorded a world-class time in capturing the 400-meter dash title at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet. The Golden Gopher junior broke the tape in 44.93 seconds, the third-fastest time in the world this season. He also anchored the Gophers' 4x400-meter relay, which placed third at the Midwest Regional and advanced to next week's NCAA Championships.

Lundin led his Golden Gopher charges to both the Big Ten outdoor and Midwest Region team titles. He leads his No. 17 Minnesota squad to next week's NCAA Championships with 10 athletes qualified in 10 events.

Both Potter and Lundin were honored with Mondo Midwest Region awards during the 2003 indoor season as well.

The national Mondo awards will be announced after the NCAA Championships.

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