Kansas State Drops Gophers in Two-Game Finale

Go Gophers! Michael Handel went 2-3 and a run scored in the loss
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Michael Handel went 2-3 and a run scored in the loss
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March 14, 2012

Box Score

The University of Minnesota fell, 8-4, today to Kansas State at the H.H.H. Metrodome. With the loss, the Golden Gophers fall to 7-10 on the season, while Kansas State moved to 11-6.

Minnesota was led by Michael Handel, who went 2-3 with a run scored. Troy Larson was 1-4 with two RBI, while Dan Olinger extended his hit streak to 11 straight games. He had an RBI and went 1-4.

Kansas State used four runs by the third inning to set the tone. Wildcats' Ross Kivett doubled to right center and scored the second and third run of the game in the top of the second inning. Minnesota would cut the lead to two when Matt Halloran drove home Ryan Abrahamson, who had his first extra base hit of the season. However, KS would get the run back in the third inning when Matt Giller had a RBI single that scored Jared King as the Wildcats held a 4-1 lead.

After Kansas State pushed across another run in the fifth inning, Minnesota plated a run in the bottom half. Michael Handel led off the inning with his first double of the season and third extra base hit of his rookie season. After Andy Henkemeyer delivered a pinch-hit single to advance Handel to third, Larson came up and had a RBI grounder to put the game at 5-2. Both teams would each add a run in the seventh. Wade Hinkle would score on a Gopher throwing error for a 6-2 lead. Larson added his second RBI when he scored Halloran after he started the inning with a hit by pitch with the game at 6-3.

However, Jared King had a two-run home run when he crushed the ball off the upper deck facing to give the Wildcats an 8-3 lead. Minnesota would get one run back when Olinger had an RBI single that scored Kurt Schlangen, who started the inning with a leadoff walk. Minnesota threatened in the bottom of the ninth and had two runners on with one out, but hit into a double play to end the game.

Minnesota will face the Cal Poly Mustangs in a rare Sat.-Mon. series. Saturday's game will be at 6:35, followed by a 2:05 p.m. start Sunday and a 1:35 start on Monday.