Gophers Earn 6-0 Win and Series Sweep Over Northwestern
April 15, 2012
The Golden Gophers completed their sweep of Northwestern behind some early offense and a solid pitching performance from Austin Lubinsky. Minnesota (20-17, 6-3) got RBIs from five different players on the way to a 6-0 victory over the Wildcats (10-22, 3-9). Minnesota allowed only two runs all weekend, as the Gophers won, 2-1, Friday and Saturday.
The Gophers had to get out of a jam early in the game. The Wildcats started off with an error and a walk from Zach Morton and Paul Snieder, respectively. Lubinsky then retired Jack Havey on a pop-up, but there were still two runners on base. The Gophers ended Northwestern's scoring threat when Lubinsky caught Kyle Ruchim looking and Kurt Schlangen threw to first to pick off Snieder.
After that, Lubinsky sent the Wildcats down in order the next two innings. Meanwhile, the Gopher offense gave him some early run support. Like Northwestern, Minnesota also had two men on base in the first before an inning-ending double play. But the Gophers took advantage of their base runners in the second.
Bobby Juan singled and advanced to third on a double by Matt Puhl. Kyle Geason, in the starting lineup for the first time since February, recorded his first RBI of the season by driving in Juan on a single. With him missing from the lineup since the Milwaukee series in February, Geason drove in his first run of the year and his first since the 2011 Big Ten Tournament, dating back to May 27, 2011. The Gophers added two more runs in the second when Puhl scored on a passed ball and a Jake Bergren single knocked in Geason.
Minnesota scored three more runs in the fourth. Andy Henkemeyer drove in Tony Skjefte on a double, and then scored himself on a single by Dan Olinger. Matt Halloran followed when he singled to score Olinger. Halloran, Juan, and Bergren each went 2-for-4 on the game.
Lubinsky (2-3) earned the win for Minnesota, throwing seven scoreless innings. He gave up five hits and one walk, and tied his season high with five strikeouts. Morton (1-7) took the loss.
Minnesota will be back in action against Nebraska-Omaha at the Metrodome on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.