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Golden Gopher Infielder Joins Rochester Honkers


Schaefbauer joins teammate Jordan Smith to done the teal this summer

(Rochester, Minn)The Rochester Honkers Baseball Club announced today the signing of Connor Schaefbauer, a middle-infielder from the University of Minnesota.

Schaefbauer, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore from Sioux Falls, S.D. is the Golden Gophers starting second baseman.  The left hitting leadoff man is currently hitting .267 with six doubles, three triples, and 10 RBIs.  He is 10-11 in stolen bases and posts a .987 fielding percentage, leading the team in both categories.  Schaefbauer has committed only 2 errors in 34 games.

As a freshman, Schaefbauer was named to the All-Big Ten Third Team.  He hit .279 with 18 RBIs, while posting a .359 on base percentage.  He started 37 games at second for the Gophers, turning 18 double plays, with a .993 fielding percentage in 145 chances in the field.  He was named Big Ten Rookie of the Week in April of 2013 for his performance against North Dakota State and Iowa.  He was the first Gopher to earn this honor since Tim Windle received the honor in 2011.

The Golden Gophers host Hamline University today at 4:05pm for a mid-week single game.  Penn State then comes to Siebert Field this weekend for a three-game set beginning on Friday.

The Rochester Honkers 21st season begins on May 27th when the Waterloo Bucks prance into Mayo Field for a 7:05pm first pitch.  The Honkers will play 72 games in 2014 (36 home, 36 away).  Season Tickets, Bonus Books, Suites and Patios are now available. Call the Rochester Honkers office at 507-289-1170 for more information.  The Honkers are also looking for host families for the 2014 season and ask all interested parties to call the business office for more information.

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The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET), Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit www.rochesterhonkers.com.