April 3, 2012
The University of Minnesota baseball team defeated the Augsburg Auggies, 7-1, in a mid-week match-up, tonight at the H.H.H. Metrodome. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 17-13 on the season and their eighth straight win. The Augsburg marks the end of the Gopher 27-game homestand.
Matt Puhl went 2-3 tonight with two runs scored, Kurt Schlangen was 2-4 and had three RBI, while Jake Bergren was 1-2 with two RBI. In all, 14 position players saw action tonight.
Minnesota exhausted six different pitchers throughout the two hour and nine minute game. Starting pitcher Ty McDevitt pitched 3.0 innings, and was credited the win. He did not allow a hit and had two strikeouts. Also seeking action was Jordan Jess (2.0 innings pitched), Kyle O'Shea (1.0), Alex Tukey (1.0), Dustin Klabunde (1.0, and Billy Soule (1.0).
Minnesota push across three in the third inning when Schlangen added a three-RBI triple. After back-to-back singles by Kyle Crocker and Bergren, David Bettenburg followed with a walk to load the bases for Schlangen. With the count at 1-0, Schlangen lifted it to right, as it got underneath the right fielder to clear the bases and put Minnesota up, 3-0.
The Gophers would plate another three in the fourth to put Minnesota up, 6-0. After Puhl reached on an error, Augsburg gave up back-to-back walks to Michael Handel and JT Canakes. Crocker pushed across Puhl on a RBI sacrifice fly. Handel would score on an Augsburg error, while Bergren had a sacrifice fly to score Canakes for the 6-0 lead.
The Gophers would add their last run of the game in the sixth. Puhl started things off with a stand-up double into the right field corner, while Tony Skjefte
reached first on an error and Crocker was hit by a pitch. Bergren then walked and had his second RBI of the game as Puhl touched home off of the walk.
Augsburg would avoid the shutout when it scored a run in the top of the eighth when Tim Gerding scored on a wild pitch.
Minnesota travels to Columbus, Ohio to play the Ohio State Buckeyes, April 6-8. The Gophers and Buckeyes will play at 5:35 p.m. (CT) Friday. 2:05 p.m. (CT) Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday (CT).