MINNEAPOLIS – The Gopher Baseball team dominated Creighton 15-1 to avoid a three-game series sweep from the Bluejays by claiming the finale at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Minnesota (11-6) got the bats going early as the team scored three runs in the first inning. Jordan Kozicky’s two-out double scored Luke Pettersen, who reached base four times on the day, and Eli Wilson. Kozicky then came around to score on a single by Toby Hanson.
Creighton (8-5) got on the board in the top of the second when Will Robertson launched a solo home run to the second deck above right field, but the Gophers quickly had an answer back in the bottom of the inning. Pettersen and Vavra both walked and came around to score on a double by Micah Coffey with the left fielder bobbling the ball to allow the second run to score and Coffey to advance to third.
Patrick Fredrickson (1-0) received plenty of offense as he struck out six in 6.0 innings of work for his first collegiate victory.
“He stands out there with some composure and some poise. He executed three pitches today,” said head coach John Anderson of his rookie pitcher’s effort. “You talk about playing one pitch at a time, focusing on the next pitch, having a plan, executing pitches. That's what he's done every time he's been out on the mound. He surely gave us a big lift.”
After Ben Mezzenga and Vavra each doubled to score a run in the fifth, the Gophers sent 12 batters to the plate in the sixth, scoring seven runs on seven hits and a pair of walks. Micah Coffey and Jacob Hitz each hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to expand the lead even further.
“I challenged the team after the game yesterday on how they were going to respond and whether we were going to go back to controlling the process, to quit worrying about things we can’t control, and to remove clutter from our minds … They showed up with a bounce in their step today, and hopefully, we can get back on track.” – John Anderson on the team’s attitude in the game
Fredrickson’s 6.0 innings pitched represented a season-high for the rookie as did his six strikeouts … After scoring seven runs in the sixth, the Gophers have now scored seven or more twice this season having plated eight runs in the seventh inning against Mount St. Mary’s back on Feb. 25, a 16-5 win for Minnesota .. The Gophers had 20 hits in a game for the first time since hitting 22 against Penn State on May 6, 2017.
Minnesota will head to Dallas, Texas for a five-game, seven-day road trip beginning with a neutral site match-up against George Washington University on Tuesday afternoon at Horner Ballpark on the campus of Dallas Baptist University. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.
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