March 10, 2012
Henkemeyer had an inside the park home run and went 1-3 on the day, while Olinger had two doubles, two RBI and a run scored in the win. TJ Oakes improved to 4-0 on the season when he went 6.2 innings. Facing 27 batters, he allowed 10 hits, one earned run and four strikeouts.
Minnesota got on the board in the third inning when David Bettenburg delivered a RBI single and drove home Henkemeyer, who walked earlier in the inning. Stony Brook would threaten in the top of the fourth with back-to-back singles, but couldn't push the runner across.
The Gophers added to their lead when they plated three in the fourth inning. Olinger started with a double, his first of the game. A Bobby Juan right field single scored Olinger to put the game at 2-0. With Juan on first, Henkemeyer tagged one dead center and went over Stony Brook's Travis Jankowski's head and bounced all the way to the 408 feet sign. The inside the park home run was the Gophers' first since Eric Decker accomplished the feat on April 28, 2008 against Purdue.
Stony Brook pushed its lone run of the game across in the top of the fifth inning when Pat Cantwell singled and scored Cole Peragine. Minnesota, however, got the run back in the bottom of the fifth when Olinger had his second double of the game, hitting the ball off the right-field baggie to score Bettenburg when he singled earlier in the inning.
The Gophers completed the seven runs when Matt Halloran came into the game and had a pinch hit single that scored Troy Larson from second base. Olinger added his second RBI of the game when he hit a sacrifice fly and scored Bettenburg, who advanced to third on a passed ball.
Stony Brook's Evan Stecko-Haley was credited with the loss as he allowed five earned runs. Relieving Oakes in the seventh inning, DJ Snelten came in a pitched 2.1 scoreless innings. In that span, he did not allow a hit and walked one batter.
Minnesota continues play today against Kansas at 6:35 p.m.
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