Gopher baseball team adds two players

The Minnesota baseball program added two players who will be on the 2005 roster in Marcus McKenzie and Tom Buske. McKenzie will enter the 2005 season as a sophomore, while Buske enters it as a true freshman.

Marcus McKenzie is a 5-11, 177-pound lefthander out of Chanhassen, Minn. McKenzie will transfer to Minnesota from New Orleans, where he played his freshman season in 2004. McKenzie made 18 appearances for the Privateers in 2004, and finished with a 1-2 overall record. He did not give up a run in his final four appearances for the Privateers.

This summer, McKenzie is 7-0 with a 3.05 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 62 innings for the St. Cloud Riverbats of the Northwoods League. He has appeared in 13 games and made eight starts. McKenzie is currently tied for the lead in wins in the Northwoods League.

McKenzie attended Minnetonka High School. He was named Metro Player of the Year and garnered All-State honors twice. McKenzie was also selected to the All-Conference team three times.

Tom Buske is a 6-1, 185-pound righthander from Apple Valley. He was All-Conference in 2004 and was Honorable Mention All-Conference in 2002. Buske was the team captain in 2004 for Apple Valley in a season that saw him go 7-2 with a 0.88 ERA. He helped lead Apple Valley to two Lake Conference Championships in 2002 and 2004.

He has played the last two summers for the Apple Valley Legion team. This year he is 8-0 for the Apple Valley Legion team.

"With the loss of our top three starting pitchers and a solid reliever, we believe these young men can come and compete for spots," said Minnesota head coach John Anderson. "Marcus (McKenzie) has already pitched at the Division I level, and Tom (Buske) has been a quality pitcher at the high school and legion levels. More importantly, they both had a sincere desire to join the Gopher baseball family and helps us carry on our great baseball tradition."

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