Gophers Fall, 6-1, to St. John's; Earn 7-3 Win Over Louisville
Tony Skjefte delivered an RBI double in his first at bat as a Golden Gopher

 
Tony Skjefte delivered an RBI double in his first at bat as a Golden Gopher

Feb. 18, 2012

Final Stats

The University of Minnesota baseball team suffered its first loss of the season in a 6-1 defeat by St. John's, today in St. Petersburg, Fla. With the win over Louisville (7-3 (called due to rain after 8 2/3 innings) and the loss to the Red Storm, the Gophers are now 1-1 on the season.

Although Tom Windle pitched well, he was charged with the loss. He pitched 4.2 innings with two hits, two earned runs and two walks. However, St. John's Sean Hagen stifled the Gopher hitting, pitching 6.0 innings, holding the Gophers scoreless and allowed just one hit, one walk and five strikeouts. 

St. John's got on the board first when it took advantage of leadoff back-to-back walks in the second inning. Windle, who allowed both walks, followed up with allowing just grounders to the Gopher infield and finished with a strikeout against Frank Schwindel to minimize the damage. The first hit of the game for either team didn't come until the fourth inning when Matt Wessinger singled to left. Minnesota's first hit of the game came in the fifth inning when Dan Olinger singled to center field. Neither team could take advantage of their first hit and the score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning. Red Storm's Pat Talbut doubled to and drove in Martin Kelly to make the score 2-0.

St. John's had four runners cross the plate in the bottom of the sixth. With two on, Zach Lauricella singled and drove in a run. After a double steal, Martin Kelly doubled to drive in two, followed by a Frank Schwindel RBI single.

Minnesota avoided the shutout when Tony Skjefte delivered his first career RBI on his first career at bat. After Olinger had his second center field single of the game, the rookie from Eden Prairie, Minn., hit the ball over the left fielder's head as scored Olinger from second.


 

 

Olinger led the Gopher hitters when he went 2-4 with a run scored. Matt Puhl also had a single and went 1-4 on the day. Along with Windle, Minnesota had four pitchers see action today. Ben Meyer and Drew Ghelfi made their Gopher debut today, while Kevin Kray saw his first action since the 2010 season after red-shirting last year.

Minnesota will play South Florida at Al Lang Stadium, tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. CT.

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