Gophers Fall to Texas in Extra Innings
March 23, 2013
Minnesota (14-10) dropped the second game of its series with Texas (13-9) 5-4 in 10 innings at the Metrodome on Saturday, Mar. 23.
The Gophers rallied from a 4-1 deficit to the tie the game. However, the Longhorns pushed a run across the plate on an RBI single by Alex Silver in the top of the 10th. Corey Knebel closed out the game for Texas with a scoreless inning in the bottom of the 10th.
Kurt Schlangen had a career-high four hits in the game for Minnesota, as he went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Schlangen is now 6-for-9 with four runs and two RBI in the first two games of the series.
Troy Larson was also 3-for-4, while Dan Olinger went 2-for-5 with a run. Michael Handel reached base three times, and was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Mark Tatera and Ryan Abrahamson also knocked in runs for the Gophers.
For the second straight game, Minnesota got on the board in the first inning. Schlangen got things started with a one-out single, moved to second on an Olinger base hit and scored on an RBI single by Handel to make it 1-0.
Texas took its first lead of the series when it scored two in the top of the fourth to go up 2-1. Mark Payton led off the inning with a single, but was wiped out at second when C.J. Hinojosa reached on a fielder’s choice. With two-outs, Jeremy Montalbano narrowly beat out an infield single to keep the inning alive. Both runners moved up on a balk, and Alex Silver gave the Longhorns the lead with a two-run single to plate Hinojosa and Montalbano.
The Longhorns pushed the lead to 4-1 in the top of the fifth with a pair of runs on an RBI single by Hinojosa and an RBI ground out by Collin Shaw.
Minnesota answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the Texas lead to 4-3 on an RBI single by Abrahamson and a sacrifice fly by Tatera.
The Gophers tied the game at 4-4 with a single run in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Henkemeyer drove a double into the right center field gap and moved up on an errant throw to the cut-off man by the centerfielder. Schlangen singled through a drawn-in infield to tie the game.
Minnesota starter Ben Meyer took a no-decision, as he gave up nine hits, four runs, walked two and struck out two in five innings. Freshman reliever Dalton Sawyer pitched a career-high 3.2 shutout innings, gave up one hit, walked two and struck out two. Billy Soule dropped to 0-2 on the season, as he gave up one run in the 10th inning to take the loss.
Knebel pitched two scoreless innings to collect the win, as he moved to 3-1 on the season. Texas starter Dillon Peters gave up 10 hits and three runs in 4.2 innings.
The Longhorns were led by Silver who went 3-for-5 with three RBI.
The two teams will wrap up the series with the rubber game on Sunday, Mar. 24 at 1:05 p.m.