March 18, 2014
The University of Minnesota (10-6) baseball team tallied nine extra-base hits and 19 hits overall in a 15-11 win at Saint Mary’s in Moraga, Calif., Tuesday afternoon. The Golden Gophers’ runs and hits were the most they have collected in a game this season. Nine different Gophers had at least one hit.
As a team, Minnesota hit a home run, a triple and seven doubles. Third baseman Tony Skjefte (3-for-6) hit a home run and two doubles. First baseman/catcher Mark Tatera (4-for-5) hit three doubles. He and Skjefte each drove in three runs and scored three runs.
Saint Mary’s (8-11) had 15 hits, including three apiece by right fielder Anthony Gonsolin and catcher Nate Nolan. Nolan hit a two-run home run in the Gaels’ loss.
After Skjefte’s solo home run over the left field fence in the first inning, the Gophers added two unearned runs in the second to take a 3-0 lead. The two teams then went back and forth until Minnesota took the lead for good in the sixth.
Saint Mary’s strung together four consecutive singles in the second, and all four batters scored. The Gaels went up 5-3 when they added a run in the fourth.
The Gophers tied the game in the fifth when Tatera and right fielder Bobby Juan hit back-to-back doubles and designated hitter David Bettenburg drove in Juan with a single. Saint Mary’s struck back in the bottom half of the inning with Nolan’s two-run homer to go up 7-5.
Bergren led off the sixth with a single, and Skjefte doubled to move him to third. Tatera’s third double of the game, down the right field line, drove in both runners to tie the game 7-7. Matt Stemper pinch hit and was hit by pitch with the bases loaded for the go-ahead run.
After the Gophers scored four more in the seventh, opening with three straight hits, the Gaels struck back with three runs in the bottom of the inning. But Minnesota tacked on three in the eighth and Saint Mary’s only scored once more.
Three freshmen pitched the game for the Gophers. Toby Anderson made his first start, throwing 2 2/3 innings. Tyler Hanson (2-0) got the win pitching 3 1/3 innings in relief. Brian Glowicki earned his second save but pitching the final three innings. Cody Kruip (0-1) took the loss for Saint Mary’s.
Minnesota and Saint Mary’s will play again Wednesday at 5 p.m. CDT.
*The last time Minnesota notched 15 or more hits in a game was on April 28, 2013 at Iowa when they had 15.
*The last time the Gophers scored 15 runs in a game was against Western Michigan on Feb. 23, 2013.
*The Gophers’ seven doubles tied the highest amount for a Big Ten team in a game this season. Iowa hit seven doubles against Otterbein on Monday.
*Mark Tatera (4), Tony Skjefte (3), Michael Handel (3), Jake Bergren (3) and Connor Schaefbauer (2) all had multi-hit games. Bobby Juan, Jordan Smith, David Bettenburg and Matt Stemper had one hit each.
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