March 24, 2012
The University of Minnesota baseball team used a three-run first inning, while DJ Snelten and Kevin Kray combined for the shutout to give the Golden Gophers a 3-0 win over The Citadel, today at the H.H.H. Metrodome. With the win, the Gopher improve to 11-13 on the season, winning two games against the Bulldogs after a 2-1 ninth-inning win last night.
Snelten pitched in his longest outing of the season and of his career when he held the Bulldogs scoreless in 7.2 innings pitched. Allowing just four hits and one walk, Snelten, now 2-1 as a starter this year, had a previous-best outing of 5.1 and had a career-high six strikeouts. Kray relieved him in the eighth inning and pitched 1.1 to collect his fourth save of the season. In his four batters he faced, Kray had one strikeout in 18 pitches.
The Gophers put up three runs early in the bottom of the first inning to go up, 3-0. Larson led off the Gopher offense with his ninth walk of the season. Henkemeyer drove in Larson when he hit a triple just inside the first base line and into the corner. It was Henkemeyer's third triple of the season and seventh extra base hit for the junior. Olinger would make it 2-0 when he delivered a team-high 13th RBI of the season off a single to push Henkemeyer home. Halloran stepped up to plate and on a 1-1 count, sent one deep off the baggie and had his first-career triple as a Gopher.
The first inning runs would be all that the Gopher pitchers would need to work with for the remainder of the game. Snelten scattered four hits throughout the game. The Citadel would threaten in both the fourth and the seventh, but the Gopher defense helped Snelten out of the game. In a two-out, fourth inning attempt, the Bulldogs had a walk and a hit, but Justin Mackert was caught stealing third on a Halloran-Olinger play. The Bulldogs also threatened in the seventh inning when Mackert had a single, followed by the only back-to-back hits by The Citadel came when Bo Thompson singled. However, Snelten caught a bunt in the air and struck out Hayden Hendry swinging to end the inning.
Minnesota and The Citadel will play again tomorrow at noon. Note the original time of the game was at 1:05 p.m., but was changed to a noon start earlier this week.
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