March 29, 2013
Tom Windle threw 103 pitches for his fourth-straight complete game to lead the University of Minnesota baseball team to a 3-1 win over the University of Michigan, today, at Wilpon Complex in Ann Arbor, Mich. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 16-11 as they won their Big Ten Conference opener. Minnesota has now won eight in a row over the Wolverines.
Windle struck out a career-high 13 batters, bettering the 12 he struck out against Texas last weekend. In his last four starts, Windle holds a 0.75 earned run average in 36 innings pitched. In that span, he's scattered 13 hits, three earned runs, 34 strikeouts and walked just three batters.
The Gophers got on the board in the top of the third when Henkemeyer had the Gophers' first hit of the game. Tony Skjefte walked on a 3-1 count and Henkemeyer sliced one to the right field line for a triple, his second in two games. That triple pushed across Skjefte to put the Gophers up, 1-0. Michigan, however, would respond in the bottom of the frame to tie it up, 1-1. Jack Sexton led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a balk and to third on a wild pitch. Jack Martin provided a RBI grounder to score Sexton from third.
Minnesota took the lead again in the top of the fifth and added an insurance run in the top of the sixth for a 3-1 lead and eventual final. Henkemeyer had his second hit of the game when he singled. While at first, Henkemeyer was off on the pitch as Schlangen hit the ball. It went under the glove of second baseman Jacob Cronenworth as Henkemeyer moved to third. Michael Handel would provide a RBI grounder to score Henkemeyer from third.
The Gophers added to their lead in the top of the sixth when LaShomb started things off with a pinch-hit double to right center. As Chris Schaaf came in to pinch run, Larson attempted a sacrifice bunt to move the runner. However, on the throw from the pitcher, it sailed over the head of the first baseman as Schaaf came in to score.
The two runs in the fifth and sixth would be all that the Gophers and Windle would need. Windle sent down eight straight from the fourth-seventh inning. Zach Zott would break up the streak when he poked a single through the right side, but Windle forced Dylan Delaney to ground into a double play to end the threat. As Zott was running with the pitch, Handel tagged him and threw to first for a 6-3 double play. After the grounded double play ball, Michigan would go 1-2-3 in both the bottom of the eighth and bottom of the ninth. Windle concluded the game when he struck out the side of Michael O'Neill, Cronenworth and pinch hitter Brent Winger to end the game.
Due to potential rain on Sunday, the Gophers and Wolverines will play a doubleheader tomorrow instead of a single game both on Saturday and Sunday. The nine-inning doubleheader will begin at 11 a.m. CT.
Pitching Coach Todd Oakes Passes Away At 55
Minnesota assistant baseball coach Todd Oakes passed away today after a courageous and public battle with leukemia. Oakes, who coached the Minnesota pitching staff, was 55.
Gophers Drop Out of B1G Tournament
Minnesota falls to Michigan 3-2 in an elimination game on Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park
Minnesota Falls in B1G Tournament Opener
Gophers play at 1 p.m. in an elimination game tomorrow afternoon against either Michigan or Ohio State