Gophers Split Doubleheader with Milwaukee

Go Gophers! Dustin Klabunde collected a save in the win
Go Gophers!
Dustin Klabunde collected a save in the win
Go Gophers!

Feb. 25, 2012

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Minnesota and Milwaukee split the doubleheader. The Gophers earned a 5-3 win in the first game against Milwaukee, but dropped the second game, 3-1 in 10 innings. Minnesota is now 3-3 on the season, while Milwaukee earned its first win and improves to 1-5. Minnesota and Milwaukee will conclude the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.


Minnesota 5, Milwaukee, 3

The University of Minnesota baseball team came from behind and earned a 5-3 win over UW-Milwaukee in the first of two games at the H.H.H. Metrodome.

The Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Sam Koenig had a solo home run to left. The Gophers got on the board when Ryan Abrahamson delivered a sacrifice RBI, which scored Schlangen, who started the inning with a walk and put the score at 2-1.

The Gophers would come back and add two runs in the bottom of the sixth and another two in the bottom of the seventh to give the Gophers a three-run lead. Schlangen singled from first after Olinger had a single and advanced on a throwing error on the pitcher to push across the tying run. Matt Puhl pushed another run across when he grounded out to second, scoring Olinger from third.

Minnesota added to its lead plating another two in the bottom of the seventh. David Bettenburg started the inning with a leadoff single. After a Michael Handel had a sacrifice bunt to advance Bettenburg to second, Bobby Juan came in to pinch hit. He doubled to left center, which drove in Bettenburg. On a throwing error by Milwaukee, Juan advanced to third. Kurt Schlangen came and delivered an RBI single to put the game at 5-2.

Milwaukee’s Koenig hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth to put the game at 5-3 and the eventual final. He hit it over the right field baggie, for his first home run of the season.

Like last night, Minnesota only used just two pitchers in the win. Tom Windle collected his first win of his sophomore season when he pitched six innings. He gave up two earned runs, seven hits and struck out two. Dustin Klabunde came in for relief and pitched three innings. Despite giving up the home run to Koenig, Klabunde had a good outing, as he struck out five batters of his 11 batters faced. He also picked up the save, his first of the season. 

Milwaukee 3, Minnesota 1 (10)

Minnesota, however, fell in the second game of the doubleheader when Milwaukee scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning for the 3-1 win.

The Gophers went up 1-0 in the bottom of the third for the early 1-0 lead. After Jake Bergren was hit by a pitch, Tony Skjefte followed with a walk to put two on with one out. David Bettenburg singled and on a Milwaukee throwing error, Bergren from third.

The Gopher one-run lead held until the top of the seventh inning when Milwaukee responded. The Panthers’ Sam Koenig started things off when he singled to right center and later advanced to second on a wild pitch. With a Gopher error, Jonathan Capasso reached base. With a single by Nick Lingvay, the Panthers got of the board 1-1. Followed by a single to Ryan Solberg, the bases were loaded and two outs, however, Ben Meyer rebounded and struck out Mark Strey, swinging, and had Luke Meeteer ground out in a first-base to keep the game tied.

The two teams would go scoreless and send the game into extra innings. In the top of the 10th, Capasso hit a two-run RBI triple to push the Panthers ahead, 3-1, and the eventual final. Capasso knocked in Jim Lundstrom and Koenig, who had a hit and a walk, to score the winning runs.

Milwaukee used four pitchers to secure the win. Cale Tassi started the game and went 7.1 innings, with seven strikeouts and allowed an unearned run. Jake Long picked up the win, while Jordan Guth had the save as he allowed one Gopher hit in the bottom of the 10th to pinch hitter Kurt Schlangen.

Minnesota used four pitchers in the loss. DJ Snelten started the game and pitched. 5.1 innings, had three hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Ben Meyer allowed a run with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work, while Lance Thonvold had two walks and two strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Billy Soule pitched 1.1 and received the loss to go 0-1 on the season.