Gophers Drop Series Finale to Sycamores
March 17, 2013
The University of Minnesota baseball team fell in the series finale, 9-4, to Indiana State, today at the H.H.H. Metrodome.
The Golden Gophers were up, 3-0, before the Sycamores plated six in the top of the sixth that led to the win.
Alec Crawford made his Gopher baseball appearance, pitching in the first two innings. On a pitch count, Crawford walked one and did not allow a hit in the first two innings. Alex Tukey was credited with the loss as he allowed a grand slam to Koby Kraemer.
Minnesota went up, 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Mark Tatera provided his second double in as many games to start things off. Henkemeyer switched spots with Tatera when he went the opposite field and double down the left field line. Henkemeyer scored on a RBI single from Troy Larson to put the game at 2-0. Minnesota would have its third double of the inning when Matt Halloran doubled down the right field line as he scored Larson.
Indiana State, however, would come back in the next inning and score six runs to take the lead and eventual win. With two on and no outs, Landon Curry would reach on a error to load the bases. Robby Ort would drive in one run on a single. On a Gopher error, another run came home to cut the lead to 3-2. Kody Kraemer would step you and belt out a grand slam home run to left to add another four runs to the board.
Minnesota would get a run back in the bottom of the frame when Larson pushed across pinch hitter Dan Motl to put the game at 6-4. The Sycamores, however, put it back to a three-run lead in the top of the seventh when Ort hit a triple to right, which scored Curry after he singled earlier in the inning.
Indiana State added to its lead when it scored two additional runs in the top of the ninth. A hit by pitch on Jacob Hayes and a single and an error for Tyler Wampler put two in scoring position before Curry doubled to score both.
Minnesota would have three errors in the game, while the Sycamores had one. Despite the Gophers outhitting Indiana State the entire weekend, Minnesota dropped two of three games.
The Gophers will have a busy week as they play at Kansas State, Tuesday and Wednesday night. Tuesday's game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. and will be televised live on FSN Plus. Wednesday's a 3 p.m. game and will be televised on FSN North. The Gophers then host Texas, March 22-24 at the Dome. The Gophers and Longhorns will battle at 6:35 p.m. (Friday), 2:05 p.m. (Saturday), 1:05 p.m. (Sunday).