March 16, 2014
The University of Minnesota (9-6) baseball team won 5-3 in 10 innings at Sacramento State Sunday. The Hornets (8-12) rallied from a 2-0 deficit, but the Golden Gophers scored three runs in the 10th inning.
It was 2-2 in the top of the 10th when right fielder Bobby Juan led off with a double off of right-hander Julian Barron (0-1). Catcher Mark Tatera and center fielder Jordan Smith both walked to load the bases. With one out, designated hitter David Bettenburg hit a bloop single off Hunter Greenwood to score Juan. Schaefbauer followed with a two-run single to put Minnesota ahead 5-2.
Right-hander Kevin Kray (2-0) got the win and finished the game. He gave up one run in the bottom of the 10th on an RBI double by third baseman Scotty Burcham, but stranded two runners to end the game.
The Hornets had put together the first big scoring threat of the game when they loaded the bases on three singles with no outs in the second. Starter Ben Meyer, who struck out six in six innings, and the Gophers escaped without allowing a run. A popped up bunt attempt, a strikeout and a fly ball to left retired the next three Sacramento State batters.
Minnesota would score the first runs in its next turn at bat. Third baseman Tony Skjefte led off the Gophers’ third with a walk, and Schaefbauer hit a triple to score Skjefte. Schaefbauer scored on Bergren’s sacrifice fly, and Minnesota led 2-0.
The Gophers had the makings of a two-out rally in the sixth. Smith singled and shortstop Michael Handel and Bettenburg walked to load the bases, but Minnesota did not score.
Designated hitter Clay Cederquist hit a solo home run to cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth. Pinch hitter Ryan Locke’s RBI single in the eighth scored Burcham to tie the game before Minnesota eventually went on to win in the 10th.
The Gophers will travel to Moraga, Calif., from Sacramento to play Saint Mary’s on Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19.
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