March 2, 2013
Ben Meyer earned his first win of the season as the University of Minnesota baseball team earned a 4-1 win over Utah as a part of the 29th-annual Dairy Queen Classic. With the win, the Golden Gophers (6-4) are 1-1 in the 2013 DQ Classic.
Meyer pitched eight complete innings, did not allow an earned run and struck out five as he collected his first win of the season. The Gophers had nine hits, while Meyer only allowed three. The outing was Meyer's longest of his career and the most strikeouts in a game. Billy Soule collected his third save of the season when he closed out the ninth inning.
Minnesota plated two runs in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. Schlangen hit a single through the left side of the infield, which scored Motl for the first Gopher run. Minnesota added to the lead when Dan Olinger singled up the middle to push across Andy Henkemeyer, who reached base on a fielder's choice.
The Gophers added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Skjefte led off the inning with a triple into the right field corner. After Motl walked to put runners on the corners, Henkemeyer drove the ball through the right side to score Skjefte. Motl made his way to third and touched home on a Schlangen sacrifice fly.
The only run Utah pushed across was on two back-to-back Gopher errors in the sixth. After Braden Anderson singled, Schlangen threw down to first after the pitch. The throw sailed over first-baseman Olinger's head to advance Anderson to third. Bobby Juan attempted to throw Anderson out at third and off of a bounce, went over third-baseman Ryan Abrahamson's head for another throwing error, which scored the lone Utah run.
After Meyer pitched eight solid innings, Soule came in to end the game. Throwing just eight pitches, he had Utah hit grounders for the first two outs, while ending the game on a fly to center.
Minnesota closes out the DQ Classic against Northern Illinois at 3 p.m. Dartmouth and Utah will play in the opening game, set for 11 a.m.
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