Ty McDevitt earned his first win of the season, while Ryan Abrahamson held a career-best 3-4 and two runs batted in to lead the University of Minnesota baseball team to a 6-1 win over the University of Nebraska Omaha, tonight, at the H.H.H. Metrodome. With the win, the Golden Gophers (11-5) have now one five straight games.
The Golden Gophers scored four runs in the first two innings as Andy Henkemeyer went 2-5 with two runs and Kurt Schlangen went 2-5 with two runs and a RBI. In all, Minnesota had 12 hits to UNO's seven.
Minnesota held the Mavericks scoreless until the top of the ninth. After McDevitt went four scoreless innings and allowed just one walk, Dalton Sawyer came in to pitch 2.2 innings and scattered four hits. Drew Ghelfi went an inning and a third, while Kevin Kray finished the game and allowed two hits and an earned run.
After a 1-2-3 inning in the first, the Gophers pushed two across in the bottom of the frame when Henkemeyer led off with a triple to right center. Schlangen delivered an RBI single to left, which scored Henkemeyer from third. Schlangen stole second and move to third on a single from Handel, while Ryan Abrahamson pushed him across on a RBI single to left.
Minnesota plated another two in the second inning to take an early 4-0 lead. Henkemeyer earned another hit in his second-straight at bat, while Schlangen hit a single. While the throw came in to third, Schlangen moved to second on the throw. Olinger hit a double to center as Henkemeyer and Schlangen both scored.
The Gophers went up, 5-0 when Abrahamson hit a single to left, which scored Olinger. As Olinger led off the inning on a hit by pitch, he moved to second on a wild pitch. After advancing to third on a deep fly, Olinger came home to score on the Abrahamson single.
Minnesota added its final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth with David Bettenburg led off the inning with a ground rule double into the right field corner and would advance to third on a wild pitch. Alex LaShomb pinch hit for Henkemeyer and lifted a sacrifice RBI as Bettenburg tagged up to score. The Mavericks got on the board when pinch hitter Cory Buckley scored Ryan Keele, who led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a grounder and to third on a defensive indifference.
Minnesota had 17 position players see action, including Chris Schaaf, who earned his first collegiate hit. UNO used seven pitchers in the loss as starter Cole Volkers allowed the first four Gopher runs.
The Gophers and Mavericks conclude the two-game series tomorrow at 3:05 p.m.