April 7, 2013
In the second-straight suspended game, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers fell, 5-2, to Ohio State. With the game starting on Saturday, April 6, but ending on Sunday, April 7, the Gophers allowed five runs by the first three innings as the Buckeyes took the second game.
Kirby Pellant led the Buckeyes when he went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Joe Ciamacco was 2-5, while Aaron Gertz was 1-4 with a run scored and two RBI.
After a Gopher error, Kirby Pellant hit a triple to push across the first run, while he scored on RBI grounder from Brad Hallberg. OSU added to its lead when Aaron Gretz hit a two RBI single for a 4-0 lead. After Jacob Bosiokovic walked and Pellant was hit by a pitch, Hallberg walked to score Gretz for a 5-0 lead. With one out, Minnesota contained the damage as starting pitcher Ben Meyer got Tim Wetzel popped up and got Greg Solomon to ground out to third to strand three.
Minnesota got its first hit and run of the game in the bottom of the third to cut the OSU lead to 5-1. Larson hit a ground rule double to center. Henkemeyer plated Larson when he hit a double to the left field warning track. After the bottom of the third, rain suspended the game and it was set to play the remaining portion at 10:30 a.m.
Minnesota would send out Dalton Sawyer on Sunday. After Meyer allowed five hits, Sawyer pitched six innings, allowed just two hits, two walks and five strikeouts. The Buckeyes would only have a hit in the fifth and ninth inning for the remainder of the game.
Despite holding OSU to five runs, Minnesota got back one more run in the bottom of the fourth for the 5-2 final. Ryan Abrahamson would walk for the 18th time this season and move to second on an OSU wild pitch. After Mark Tatera singled to put runners on the corners, OSU would deliver yet another wild pitch to bring home Abrahamson.
Minnesota stranded five runners, while OSU left six on base. Brad Goldberg started the game and was credited with the win. Meyer picked up the loss.
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