The University of Minnesota baseball team fell in a 2-1 pitching matchup, tonight at the H.H.H. Metrodome. With the game decided at the plate, the Golden Gophers dropped to 11-7 on the season, while Indiana State improved to 6-6 this year.
Minnesota's Tom Windle went the distance when he threw 114 pitches for 74 strikes, allowed two runs, one earned run, one walk and one strikeout. After throwing a no-hitter, Windle held the Sycamores scoreless until the fourth inning to pitch 12 consecutive hitless and scoreless innings. Scattering just four hits, Windle still picked up the loss.
Indiana State's Sean Manaea also went the distance when he threw 111 pitches, 87 for strikes. Scattering six Gopher hits, he allowed one unearned run after he held an error in the seventh inning. Manaea, a highly-touted Major League Baseball draft prospect, Manaea improved to 2-1 this year.
After both going down in order in the first, Minnesota's Dan Olinger reached base on a bunt single in the second. The Gophers, however would strand their first runner of the game to put it 0-0 after two. Indiana State took a 1-0 lead when Landon Curry led off the fourth as he was hit by a pitch. He would move to third on a Cody Zimmerman single to put runners on the corners. Mike Fitzgerald provided a sacrifice fly as Curry came home to score.
Indiana State added an insurance run in the sixth inning when it scored an unearned run off a Gopher error. As the ISU runners were attempting to take an extra base, a throw went past Abrahamson as a runner scored on the error. After the Gopher hit in the second, Minnesota would go hitless until the seventh inning. The Gophers, however, chipped away at Manaea and plated a run in that frame. Olinger was hit by a pitch and went all the way to third on a throwing error by Manaea. Abrahamson went the opposite way and hit a single to right to score Olinger.
As Windle surpassed the 100-pitch mark, he went back out there for the ninth inning. After he walked Fitzgerald, he got Robby Ort to ground into a 5-4-3 double play and also got Kraemer to ground out for the third out.
Manaea too would go out for the bottom of the ninth inning as the Golden Gophers threatened. Schlangen led off the inning with a single up the middle, while Olinger singled through the right side to put runners on the corners with one out. Abrahamson hit a foul fly towards the Gopher bullpen, which was caught by Derek Hannahs. Alex LaShomb, however, would issue Manaea's only walk of the game to load the bases. As Troy Larson stepped into the batter's box, Manaea threw a wild pitch that went to the backstop. However, as Schlangen attempted to go home on the play, the umpire called Schlangen out on a play at the plate on a 2-1 putout.
Minnesota stranded five runners on base, while the Sycamores had three. Minnesota turned two double plays, while Indiana State had one.
The two teams will battle again tomorrow at 2:05 p.m.