April 6, 2013
The University of Minnesota baseball team shut out the Ohio State Buckeyes 7-0 in the augurual game at new Siebert Field. With the start of the game being played on April 5, 2013, snow suspended the game as the two teams completed it on Saturday, April 6. At the time of suspended play, Minnesota led, 3-0 and added four runs in the remaining four innings to claim the inaugural victory. With the win, Minnesota climbs to 18-12 in the overall regular season and 3-1 in the Big Ten. Ohio State stands at 18-9 in the season and 4-3 in the Big Ten conference.
Leading the offensive charge for the Gophers was Andy Henkemeyer who had three hits in the game and the first of the game. He also had one run. Designated hitter Mark Tatera also went three for four in the game and had three runs and an RBI.
In the bottom of the first inning, Andy Henkemeyer and Michael Handel picked up the first two hits in new Siebert. Henkemeyer, who hit the last Gopher hit in old Siebert (grand slam), was also the first player to earn a hit in new Siebert.
The two teams went scoreless through the first three innings, before Minnesota took a 3-0 lead. Henkemeyer led off the inning with an infield hit and advanced to second on a chopper by Handel. Dan Olinger's solid single up the middle scored Henkemeyer to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead. The Gophers added two more runs in the same inning. Olinger scored when Tatera doubled down the right field line. Then Troy Larson made it to second on a dropped fly ball, scoring Tatera.
As the Gophers got three across in the bottom of the fifth, the game was suspended due to snow at 4:18 p.m. Minnesota and Ohio State resumed play at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday as Alec Crawford came in to pitch.
After a 1-2-3 innings for Crawford and the Gophers, Minnesota added to its lead and plated three in the bottom of the sixth. Tatera started things off with an infield single to second. Troy Larson hit a ball that sailed just inside the right line for the first triple in new Siebert. The triple would push across Tatera from first. Minnesota would have another extra base hit when Bobby Juan hit the ball just inside first base as Larson would come home. Schlangen added his second hit of the game when he singled to center and scored Juan to put the Gophers at 6-0.
Minnesota earned its final run of the game to cement the 7-0 final. Tatera singled through the ride side and advanced to second on a grounder. Connor Schaefbauer would push across Tatera on a RBI single to center.
The win went to Tom Windle, as improves his record to 5-2. In his five innings pitched, Windle did not allow a run or a walk, scattered two hits and struck out five. Crawford picked up a save when he completed the game. Going four innings, he allowed just one hit, no runs or walks and struck out two. OSU's Jaron Long was credited with the loss when he allowed three runs, two of which were earned. Brett McKinney pitched an inning and allowed three earned runs, followed by Tyler Giannonatti. He gave up a run in two innings of work.
New Siebert Field Firsts
First Strikeout Looking, Joe Ciamacco (OSU)
First Groundout, Ryan Cypret (OSU)
First Hit, Andy Henkemeyer (Minn)
First Single, Andy Henkemeyer (Minn)
First GDP, Dan Olinger (Minn)
First Strikeout swinging, Aaron Gretz (OSU)
First Fly Out, Connor Schaefbauer (Minn)
First Caught Stealing, Kurt Schlangen (Minn)
First RBI, Dan Olinger (Minn)
First Run Scored, Andy Henkemeyer (Minn)
First Stolen Base, Dan Olinger (Minn)
First Double, Mark Tatera (Minn)
First Triple, Troy Larson (Minn)
First Hit Batter, Brad Hallberg (OSU hit by Alec Crawford)
First Walk, Kurt Schlangen (Minn by Tyler Giannonatti)
First Strikeout, Tom Windle (Minn)
First Double Play Turned, Ohio State
First Error, Joe Ciamacco (OSU)
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