Gophers Fall, 5-3, to Ohio State
April 7, 2012
The University of Minnesota baseball team fell, 5-3, to Ohio State University, Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes scored two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth to push past the Golden Gophers for their 17th win of the season. With the loss, the Gophers drop to 17-15 on the season and 3-2 in Big Ten play.
Dan Olinger went 3-3 with a run scored, while six other Gophers collected a hit. DJ Snelten suffered his second loss of the season, allowing all five runs, three of which were earned. Brian King added his third win of the season, while Josh Dezse had his second save in as many days. Minnesota also had Ben Meyer pitch as he went 2.1 innings, while Tom Windle also saw action, facing two batters.
Ohio State scored twice in the third inning to go up, 2-0. Greg Solomon made it 2-0 when he stole home as Ryan Cypret was caught stealing on a 2-4-3 rundown. Solomon, however scored prior to the third out to make the game, 2-0. Minnesota responded with three runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead. Kurt Schlangen led the inning off when he bunted his way onto base. After Olinger was hit by a pitch, Matt Puhl drove home Schlangen with a RBI single. Olinger and Puhl both advanced a base after a balk, while Ethan Liederman was also hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded and one out, Michael Handel delivered a RBI single to left center, scoring Olinger, while Ryan Abrahamson had a sacrifice RBI to go up, 3-2.
OSU, however, came right back in the bottom of the fourth and added two runs to take back the lead. After an error in the field for Minnesota, two runs scored on a single and a RBI walk to go up, 4-3. The Buckeyes added an insurance run in the sixth when Dezse scored on a wild pitch to put the game at the eventual 5-3 final.
Minnesota would threaten in both the fifth inning as well as the seventh when Troy Larson and Bobby Juan would each lead off the inning with a double, but the Gophers couldn’t push the run across. In all, both teams left six runners on base.
Minnesota will look to get a win tomorrow as the two teams play again at 11 a.m. CT, 12 p.m. ET. The game tomorrow will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.