Spartans Beat Gophers 4-1 with Late Rally
March 9, 2014
Minnesota right-hander Ben Meyer turned in another seven-inning, one-run outing on Sunday, but UNC Greensboro's Max Povse earned the win with a five0hit complete game as the Golden Gophers (7-5) lost 4-1 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Meyer matched last week's season high of seven innings pitched and tied a career high with six strikeouts. The Spartans (6-7) scored one run on five hits off of Meyer.
Minnesota scored off of Povse first when the Gophers put together a two-out rally in the third. First baseman Dan Olinger and right fielder Bobby Juan drew back-to-back walks, then third baseman Mark Tatera hit a single to make it 1-0. Olinger's single extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
In the fourth, the Gophers again got two runners on base with two outs in the fourth. Catcher Austin Athmann was hit by pitch and designated hitter David Bettenburg hit a single down the right line. But Minnesota did not score, and would only have two more baserunners the rest of the game.
The Spartans had tied the game in the top of the fourth. Designated hitter L.J. Kalawaia hit a double and scored on third baseman Sean Guite's single.
UNC Greensboro broke the 1-1 tie in the eighth after Meyer left the game. Center fielder Zac MacAneney led off with a single through the middle, and moved to second on left fielder Nin Marrero's sacrifice bunt. After a single by second baseman Hunter King and a wild pitch to advance both runners, shortstop Jordan McDonald drove both in with a single to make it 3-1.
The Spartans added a fourth run in the ninth when Guite led off with a double, advanced on a bunt and scored on a squeeze play by catcher Kusz.
The Gophers will next travel to California to play at Sacramento State (March 14-16) and St. Mary's (March 18-19).