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UMD Lefty Gets Opening Day Nod

(Duluth, MN) — Head Field Manager Daniel Hersey has named his NWL Opening Day starting pitcher for tomorrows game against the Willmar Stingers, and it’s a name that may be familiar to those who follow UMD Bulldog baseball.  Southpaw Bo Hellquist will take the mound in hopes of leading the Huskies to a season-opening victory.

Hellquist, a 6’3” sophomore lefty out of Savage, MN, had a successful season as a Bulldog in 2014.  He started in a team-high 9 games, posting a 4-4 record.  Hellquist led the team in innings pitched with 51, strikeouts with 40, and complete games with 5.  He also held opponents to an impressive .210 batting average.  In 2013, Hellquist appeared in 12 games, posting a 1-2 record and 4.89 ERA in 38.2 innings.  He struck out 29 while walking 13.

“We are looking forward to starting a local pitcher in our home opener,” Hersey said. “Hellquist had a successful season as a Bulldog, and we look forward to watching him succeed as a Huskie in the upcoming season.”     

The Duluth Huskies 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 MLB All-Stars Max Scherzer (DET), Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYY), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit www.duluthhuskies2.com