April 18, 2012
The Minnesota baseball team utilized five pitchers to shut out Nebraska-Omaha, 1-0, today at the H.H.H. Metrodome. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 22-17 on the season and extend their win streak to five games. The UNO shutout marked the fifth shutout for the Gophers this season and second in the past three games.
The last time Minnesota had five pitchers combine for a shutout dates back to May 6, 2003 against St. Thomas. Ty McDevitt started the game and tied a career-long outing of 4.0 innings pitched. Picking up his second win of the season, McDevitt scattered three hits, one one and three strikeouts.
Dustin Klabunde followed with 2.0 innings pitched, did not allow a hit, walked one and struck out three. Drew Ghelfi followed with a hitless inning, one walk and one strikeout. Tom Windle became the Gophers's fourth pitcher to see action. He went 1.1 and struck out three of the four batters he faced. With two outs to get, Kevin Kray came into the game and collected his seventh game. After striking out one, Kray allowed back-to-back hits, but regrouped and got Jared Patton to fly out to left and ended the game.
Andy Henkemeyer led the Gopher offense when he went 2-3. In the series, Henkemeyer went 5-6 with two RBI and a run scored. He also reached base on a walk in Tuesday's game and a hit by pitch today. Kurt Schlangen went 1-4 with a run scored, while Dan Olinger was 1-4.
UNO threatened in the first inning when Colby McCord hit a one-out single and stole second. However, the Mavericks stranded the runner in the first after Mark Waldron flied out to right. Minnesota would put up the lone run in the first. Schlangen scored the lone run when he touched home on an error by Maverick shortstop Brady Hohl. Minnesota attempted to score two on the play, but with a play at the plate, Olinger was called out at home.
The Gophers would threatened in both the second and third inning, but couldn't push another run across. The run in the first would be all the Gopher pitchers would need to work with. After McDevitt allowed the hit to McCord in the first, he would only allow one baserunner in the next two innings. Aver Caleb Palensky hit a double, Waldron got a hit, but tried to advance to second and was called out on a 9-3-6 relay at second. From then on, Minnesota only allowed two base runners (both by walks) until the top of the ninth inning. Kray wiggled out of a UNO threat to end the game.
UNO starter Cole Volkers pitched 6.0 innings and had his first loss of the season. He allowed the one unearned run, walked three and struck out one. Josh Bullock pitched the final two innings and allowed one hit and struck out one.
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