April 7, 2013
A complete-game shutout by DJ Snelten and a solo home run from Tony Skjefte would be all the Minnesota baseball team would need to earn a 1-0 win and take two of three games from the Ohio State Buckeyes, today, at Siebert Field.
In a season-fastest one hour and 37-minute game, the Golden Gophers improve to 4-2 in the Big Ten and 19-13 overall.
Snelten pitched a gem. In just his second complete game of his career, he only used 86 pitches, struck out a career-high seven batters and walked just one. Coming off an injury, Snelten is now 2-0 on the season and holds a 0.50 earned run average in just 18 innings of work. Brian King scattered just three hits, but gave up a solo shot to Tony Skjefte for the deciding run.
Snelten started the game sending the first eight batters down in order. Ohio State's only hit would come in the top of the third on a hit that went off a Snelten's glove. From then on, Snelten would mow down the OSU lineup. With another strikeout to end the third, Snelten issued his lone walk of the game to OSU's Ryan Cypret. However, the Gophers would turn its 24th double play to end the threat.
OSU looked like it would get another hit, also from Kuhn, but Skefte made a great play at second when he dove to his right and threw out Kuhn to keep the one-hit game intact. Skjefte would then come up to the plate. On the first pitch of his second at bat, Skjefte lifted one out to the left field berm for his first collegiate home run. The homer would also be the first home run hit in new Siebert.
The one-run would be all that Snelten would need to complete the win. After the home run, Snelten would send the Buckeyes down 1-2-3 in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Fielding his position, Snelten assisted on six plays for 1-3 putouts.
The Gophers were scheduled to play St. John's on Wednesday, April 10, but due to a MIAC doubleheader, St. John's have postponed the game. A future date has not been established. The Gophers will return to action at Northwestern, April 12-14 in Evanston, Ill.
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.
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