Minnesotas spring baseball season is a fleeting thing one fraught with postponements, freezing temperatures and unplayable diamonds. In order for a competitive college baseball team to play a normal 40-game schedule, unique measures must sometimes be taken.
Despite beautiful spring weather and resurfaced courts, the St. Olaf womens tennis team fell to St. Kates Friday 7-2. The loss drops St. Olaf to sixth place in MIAC standings with a 3-3 conference mark and 5-4 overall record.
The St. Olaf fastpitch team has finally begun swinging hard this season. At the beginning of spring break, the ladies headed out to Orange, Calif. to complete the SunWest Softball Tournament at Hart Park. Their challengers included Eastern Oregon, St. Scholastica, Northwest Christian, Williams, Dana College, MIT and SUNY IT. Unfortunately, the beginning of the Oles tournament ended with five loses in a row.
Mike Herman 98, former St. Olaf baseball player and Messenger sports editor, is doing just that. He currently holds the position of manager of media and player relations for the three-time American League Central Division champion Minnesota Twins, dealing with players like Johan Santana, Torii Hunter and Joe Mauer on an everyday basis. Mike recently took some time out from his busy schedule to chat with the Mess at the Twins spring training home in Fort Myers, Fla.
Anxious to shake away the rust of a 19-day layoff and start the month on a high note, the St. Olaf mens tennis team took to the court against Concordia April 1. Unfortunately, the Oles were the butt of this April Fools joke, succumbing to the suddenly streaking Cobbers 7-2 in the seasons last clash at the Owatonna Indoor Tennis and Fitness Club.