March 1, 2013
Dartmouth used a five-run fifth inning en route to a 10-3 win over the University of Minnesota baseball team, tonight at the H.H.H. Metrodome as a part of the Dairy Queen Classic. Dartmouth opens up the season with a win, while the Golden Gophers drop to 5-4 this year.
JT Canakes led the Gopher offense when he tied a career-high three hits and went 3-4 with a run batted in and a run scored. Tom Windle picked up his first loss when he allowed five earned runs, walked two and struck out four. Ty McDevitt came in relief and allowed one earned run, struck out six and did not allow a run. Kevin Kray allowed three earned runs.
The Big Green got on the board in the second inning when Nick Lombardi hit a solo home run just inside the left field line for a 1-0 lead. After Dartmouth threatened in the third, it broke open the game in the fifth inning when it pushed across five runs for a 6-0 lead. The Big Green led off the inning with a single, a Gopher error, a walk before leadoff hitter Thomas Roulis came around to score on a wild pitch. After back-to-back singles to score another run, Joe Purritano hit a sacrifice fly to put the score at 4-0. Lombardi drove home another two when he doubled to left center.
Minnesota threatened in the bottom of the sixth when Ryan Abrahamson singled, followed by a Connor Schaefbauer double to right. However, the Gophers stranded the runners to stay scoreless.
The Gophers, however, cut the deficit in half when they plated three in the bottom of the seventh. Michael Handel singled and advanced to second on a stolen base. He came around to score when Canakes singled up the middle to erase the goose egg. After Bobby Juan singled to put runners on the corners, Jake Bergren pinch hit and placed a perfect bunt down the third-base line as Canakes came home on a safety squeeze. Schaefbauer hit into a fielder's choice as Juan score the third Gopher run.
Dartmouth, however, scored another run in the top of the eighth when Roulis scored Nick Ruppert, who hit a two-out double. The Big Green added to their lead in the top of the ninth off of three-straight doubles from Lombardi, Matt MacDowell and Ruppert for the 10-3 final.
Minnesota continues the Dairy Queen Classic tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. Northern Illinois and Dartmouth open the second day with a game at noon.