March 18, 2012
Ryan Abrahamson led the University of Minnesota to a 4-1 win over Cal Poly, today, at the H.H.H. Metrodome. With the win, the Golden Gophers broke a five-game losing skid and improves to 8-11 on the season. Cal Poly is now 12-6 this year.
Abrahamson went 2-3 when he had a leadoff double in in the fifth and a home run in the bottom of the seventh for the win. Troy Larson went 2-3 with two runs scored, while Dan Olinger went 1-4 with an RBI. Andy Henkemeyer also went 1-3 with a RBI.
DJ Snelten picked up the win when he only allowed four hits, struck out four, walked two in 5.1 scoreless innings of work. Kevin Kray surrendered the lone run on a Mitch Haniger home run in the eighth inning. Kray pitched 3.2 innings and collected his third save of the year.
Olinger delivered his 11th RBI of the season when he drove home Larson in the third inning. With that RBI single, Olinger extends his hit streak to 13 straight games. Larson got on base with a single, followed by a Kurt Schlangen walk and the Olinger base hit.
Minnesota plated another run in the fifth inning when Abrahamson led off with a double to left. After Larson was hit by a pitch, Henkemeyer singled, which scored Abrahamson from second.
Minnesota added to its lead when it scored another two runs in the seventh inning. Like the fifth inning, Abrahamson led off the inning with an extra base hit, this time when he sent it into the left center seats for his first home run of the year and third of his career. Larson bunted his way onto first and later stole second. On the steal attempt, Larson would go to third on an error by the catcher. He would later score the Gophers' fourth run on a wild pitch.
Cal Poly ended the Gopher shutout attempt when Mitch Haniger had a solo home run to left and out the game at the eventual 4-1 final. The Mustangs would threaten in the top of the ninth with two on and no outs, but Larson caught a sinking fly ball and doubled off Matt Russell to end the threat.
Minnesota and Cal Poly will play the rubber game tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at the Metrodome.
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