Feb. 19, 2012
The University of Minnesota baseball team fell to South Florida, 4-3, in seven innings, today in St. Petersburg. Fla. The game was called due to time constraints because of Minnesota travel plans. With the loss the Gophers drop to 1-2 on the season.
South Florida jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with two runs in the first and one in the second. USF’s James Ramsay doubled to left field, driving in two in the first inning and added to the lead when Daniel Rockhold singled to right, scoring Chad Taylor.
Minnesota responded with three runs in the top of the third. USF's starting pitcher Andrew Barbosa issued back-to-back walks to Troy Larson and Michael Handel and advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Kurt Schlangen drove in his second RBI of the season when his single scored Larson. Handel added the second run when he scored on a RBI single from Andy Henkemeyer. In an attempt to turn two, Bulls' shortstop Chad Taylor got the out at second, but committed an error on an overthrow to first, which scored Schlangen from second.
The Bulls regained the lead when Blake Sydeski singled and drove in Buddy Putnam in the bottom of the third and that would be all that they would need to win the game.
Minnesota attempted the comeback in what would have been the top of the eighth. Kyle Geason led off with a double and Dan Olinger followed with a single, but the game was called due to Minnesota's flight departure.
Schlangen went 1-4 with one RBI and a run scored, while Henkemeyer went 1-4. Bobby Juan went 1-1 and a walk.
Austin Lubinsky pitched 2.2 innings and allowed three earned runs in six hits. Minnesota used four pitchers in the game in Dustin Klabunde, Jordan Jess and Lance Thonvold. Klabunde pitched 3.0 innings and allowed just two hits and one strikeout. Jess and Thonvold made their Gopher debut in the loss.
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