April 13, 2014
A two-out single in the top of the 10th inning drove in Nebraska's winning run as the Cornhuskers beat the University of Minnesota (17-14, 5-7 Big Ten) baseball team 3-2 to sweep the series. Steven Reveles delivered a two-out single to score Ty Killdow for the go-ahead run Sunday at Siebert Field.
Nebraska had scored the first run in its first turn at bat. Ryan Boldt led off the game with a single, advanced to third on a single by Michael Pritchard and scored on a sacrifice fly by Pat Kelly.
Huskers' starter Aaron Bummer retired the first eight Gophers he faced before center fielder Dan Motl hit a double to left. Minnesota's offense later broke through for two runs off Bummer in the fifth.
Designated hitter Troy Traxler singled to right center to start the inning. Right fielder Bobby Juan laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runner. Catcher Mark Tatera (2-for-4) hit a single to right center, allowing Traxler to score.
Motl then beat out the throw on a high chopper fielded by third baseman Jake Placzek. Tony Skjefte (2-for-5), who played both third and left, hit a two-out double down the left line to score Tatera and give Minnesota a 2-1 lead.
After Nebraska's early run, starter Ben Meyer held the Huskers scoreless until the seventh inning. Three singles loaded the bases with no one out, and Pritchard's sacrifice fly scored Reveles to tie the game. Meyer then got the second out, and Dalton Sawyer came in for the third. Meyer finished the day with four strikeouts, allowing nine hits, two runs and one walk in 6 2/3 innings.
For Nebraska, Bummer pitched seven innings, struck out seven and gave up six hits, two runs and a walk. Overall, the Huskers had 12 hits to Minnesota's eight.
Minnesota had a few chances to reclaim the lead in regulation. First baseman Dan Olinger singled and shortstop Michael Handel walked with one out in the eighth, but reliever Bob Greco struck out the next two batters.
In the ninth, Tatera reached base with a one-out single. He hit a line drive off of second baseman Kelly's glove. Kelly recovered and threw to first, but the umpire ruled that first baseman Blake Headley's foot was off the bag. Motl, the next Gopher to bat, bunted and was thrown out on a close play. Tatera advanced to second. Second baseman Connor Schaefbauer came up to bat with two outs and hit a ball to the right side. Kelly ranged over to stop the ball from going through to the outfield and allowing Tatera to score. Schaefbauer was thrown out at first to end the inning.
With one out in the 10th inning, Killdow drew a walk. Tanner Lubach hit a double that bounced off the right field fence. Killdow held up at third. Sawyer struck out Headley (3-for-5) for the second out. Reveles singled to center, plating the go-ahead run. Lubach tried to score on the play, but Motl threw him out at the plate to end the inning.
Nebraska closer Josh Roeder pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th for his seventh save of the season. Austin Christensen, who pitched the ninth, notched his first win of the season, while Sawyer took the loss to even his record at 2-2.
It was Minnesota's first extra-inning loss of the season. The Gophers are now 4-1 in games going beyond regulation.
Jordan Smith's on base streak ended at 18 games Sunday. He was retired in his first at bat and pinch hit for in the fourth inning.
The Golden Gophers' Tuesday game against Hamline has been postponed to allow the Pipers to make up postponed conference games. Minnesota will host North Dakota State on Wednesday, April 16 at 3:05 p.m. The Gophers' next Big Ten series is at Iowa April 18-20.
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