Gophers Earn Sweep With Back-to-Back Shutouts
March 25, 2012
Senior right-hander Austin Lubinsky pitched 8.0 scoreless innings, while the University of Minnesota baseball team put up four runs in the third en route to a 5-0 shutout over The Citadel, today at the H.H.H. Metrodome. With the win, the Gophers completed the series sweep over the Bulldogs and improve to 12-13 on the season.
The Minnesota pitching was outstanding again today as Lubinsky allowed just four hits, no walks and four strikeouts in 26 batters. On the weekend, the Gophers had back-to-back shutouts as DJ Snelten and Kevin Kray combined for a 3-0 win in Saturday's game. TJ Oakes allowed just one run in his outing on Friday. The Gopher pitchers held The Citadel to just one extra base hit in the series and a 0.33 earned run average. In fact, the Gopher pitchers held the Bulldogs scoreless for 21-straight innings. The last time Minnesota earned back-to-back shutouts dates back to 2006 when the Gophers held Penn State scoreless in a pair of 5-0 wins on April 1-2, 2006.
In the series sweep, Minnesota put up a crooked number in the third inning to take a 4-0 lead. Henkemeyer drove home Trip Schultz with a RBI single to right. Schlangen earned his first RBI of the day when he drove home Larson on a single to left. After Dan Olinger was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Henkemeyer scored on a error as Citadel catcher Joe Jackson attempted a pickoff at third. With Schlangen and Olinger moving up a base, Schlangen would then score on a wild pitch to put the Gophers up, 4-0.
The Gophers would push another run across in the seventh inning for the 5-0 lead and the eventual final. Larson started things off with a single and a stolen base, while Henkemeyer's fly out advanced him to third. Schlangen would provide a sacrifice fly RBI to score Larson from third.
The third-inning lead would be all that Lubinsky would need for the win. After The Citadel's Nick Orvin led off the game with a single, the Bulldogs would hit into a double play. From then on, Lubinsky would retire the next nine batters until the fourth inning. The Bulldogs would threaten with their only back-to-back hits in the game, before hitting into a lineout 4-6 double play. The only extra base hit of the weekend allowed by the Gophers came in the top of the eighth inning when Drew DeKerlegand hit a two-out triple, but Bailey Rush hit into an unassisted first-base play for the third out.
Kyle O'Shea would relieve Lubinsky in the ninth inning and completed the shutout, allowing a two-out hit to Mason Davis.
The Gophers play in one more non-conference game before the start of the Big Ten Conference season next weekend. South Dakota State comes to the Dome at 6:35 p.m. Minnesota then opens the conference season against Michigan next weekend, also at the Dome.