April 17, 2012
The University of Minnesota baseball team earned an 8-4 win over Nebraska-Omaha, tonight at the H.H.H. Metrodome. Minnesota scored two runs in the second and fifth and another three in the seventh to earn its 21st win of the season.
The Golden Gophers were led by Andy Henkemeyer, who went 3-3 with two RBI, a run scored and a walk, while Tony Skjefte was 3-3 with three runs scored, a RBI and a walk. Between the top of the order (Henkemeyer) and the No. 9 spot, (Skjefte), the duo had six of the Gophers' 12 hits. Dan Olinger went 1-2 with three RBI when he had two sacrifice fly outs.
Jordan Jess was the winning pitcher when he allowed just one earned run, scattered four hits and struck out five. His 4.0 innings tonight was the longest of his Gopher career. Also seeing action tonight was Ben Meyer (3.0 innings, one earned run), Billy Soule (1.0 inning pitched, one hit, two strikeouts) and Kyle O'Shea (1.0 pitched, two unearned runs allowed).
The Mavericks took an early lead when Mark Waldron drove in Caleb Palensky after he hit a two-out double. UNO, however, stranded three runners in that first inning as the Gophers kept the game at 1-0. Minnesota responded when it pushed across two in the bottom of the second. Skjefte had his fourth RBI of the season when he delivered a single to score Matt Puhl, who singled earlier in the inning. After Skjefte stole second, Andy Henkemeyer added a hit to left to score Skjefte.
Minnesota would add to its lead when Olinger scored Kyle Geason
on a sacrifice RBI in the third inning. After UNO scored a run in the fifth, the Gophers came right back and plated another two runs in the bottom of the frame. After Skjefte bunted his way on and Henkemeyer had an infield single, a throwing error caused Skjefte to score from second. Olinger drove home Geason from second when he singled to right.
The Gophers then added to their lead when they scored three in the seventh inning. Jake Bergren led off the inning with a double and would later score on a Henkemeyer RBI single. Skjefte would score the fourth Gopher run on a wild pitch, while Olinger had his 22nd RBI of the season on another sacrifice fly, scoring Henkemeyer.
UNO would attempt a comeback, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth, both unearned by O'Shea, to close the gap to 8-4 and the eventual final as O'Shea got the last out on a grounder to third.
Minnesota and UNO will have a quick turnaround as the two teams play again tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Dome.