March 19, 2013
The University of Minnesota baseball team used a pair of four-run innings to propel itself to an 8-3 win over Kansas State, tonight, in Manhattan, Kan. Mark Tatera used a career-high two triples to drive in four runs.
With the victory, the Golden Gophers (13-8) had four players with multiple-hit games, including Troy Larson who was 3-5. Also earning multiple-hit games were Kurt Schlangen (2-5, run scored), Dan Olinger (2-4), Tatera (2-4, one walk) and Larson (2-5, 2 RBI). Ryan Abrahamson was 1-3, had two runs scored and held his 14th walk of the season.
Minnesota utilized four pitchers in the game, including the winning pitcher, Kevin Kray, as he improves to 2-0 this season. Ty McDevitt started the game and pitched four innings, scattered three hits and surrendered one earned run in the no decision. Kray pitched an inning and allowed one hit, while Dalton Sawyer pitched 2.2 innings and allowed two runs. Billy Soule closed out the game when he pitched an inning and a third as he allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one.
Kansas State held a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Minnesota issued three walks, which led to Jared King touching home for the first run.
Minnesota, however, used a two-out, four-run sixth inning to take a 4-1 lead. Handel started things off when he reached on an error, while Halloran was hit by a pitch. Handel would then steal third to put runners on the corners. Abrahamson would walk to load the bases just before Tatera hit a bases-clearing triple center. The triple would be the first of his Gopher career and his second extra base hit of the week after hitting a double in the Indiana State series. Larson would plate Tatera when he hit an infield single to short and put the game at 4-1.
Minnesota added another four runs as the Gophers went up, 8-1. Abrahamson would put the Gophers up, 6-1 on a two-RBI double down the right field line. Kurt Schlangan started the inning on a bunt single and moved to third on a single and an out by Olinger. After Halloran was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, Abrahamson added his fifth double of the season and pushed across both Schlangen and Halloran. Tatera added his second triple of the game when he belted one to right center and scored Abrahamson. Tatera is the first Gopher to add two triples in a game since Jon Becker did so in 2002. Minnesota concluded the four-run inning when Larson delivered a RBI single to left.
The Wildcats got two back in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Gopher lead to five. Blair DeBord led off the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly for the first run. Jared King would score Damion Lovato on an infield single to put the game at 8-3.
The Gophers and Wildcats will play again tomorrow at 3 p.m. Minnesota will send DJ Snelten to the mound, who is making his first 2013 start. The game will be televised live on FSN.