April 11, 2012
South Dakota State's Aaron Machbitz hit a two-run home run to lead the Jackrabbits to a 3-1 win over the University of Minnesota baseball team, today in Brookings, S.D. With the loss, the Gophers drop to 17-17 on the season.
Minnesota was led in hitting by Bobby Juan and Ryan Abrahamson, who each went 2-3 on the day. David Bettenburg scored his 15th run of the season, while Andy Henkemeyer knocked in his 13th RBI of the year. Machbitz hit his second home run of the season in the win.
South Dakota State took an early 1-0 lead when it took advantage of back-to-back singles, while Zach Rhodes delivered a RBI single. Minnesota, however, came right back when it tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth. David Bettenburg led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Ryan Abrahamson. Bettenburg would later score on a RBI grounder from Henkemeyer to put the game at 1-1.
The Jackrabbits, added two runs in the sixth inning and won the game when Zach Machbitz drove the ball to center field for the two-run home run. Eric Cain led off the inning with a single and later scored on the home run.
Blake Fiedelman picked up his first win of the season and now sits at 1-2. Kyle O'Shea held the loss, his first of the season. In all, Minnesota utilized five pitchers in the loss. Jordan Jess pitched well in his third start when he faced 12 batters, did not allow a hit, had four strikeouts and one walk. Dustin Klabunde allowed one run on four hits, while O'Shea allowed the two-run home run. Billy Soule had a solid performance when he pitched 1.1 innings and struck out one, while Drew Ghelfi pitched the final inning and allowed two hits.
SDSU used six pitchers in the win. Layne Somsen started the game and went just one inning. Shane Kraemer pitched two scoreless innings, while Nick Young allowed the one earned run. Also seeing action was Fiedelman (1.0), Marcus Heemstra (2.0) and closed with Deon Entringer, who picked up his first save of the season.
Minnesota returns to Big Ten Conference action when it faces Northwestern, Fri.-Sun., at the Metrodome. Friday's game is set for 6:35 p.m., followed by a 2:05 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.
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