April 19, 2014
The University of Minnesota (19-15, 6-8 Big Ten) baseball team jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first 1 1/2 innings, but Iowa scored 11 straight runs and took the lead in the sixth. The Hawkeyes (21-15, 6-8 Big Ten) won 11-5 to even the series in Iowa City.
Michael Handel hit three doubles and drove in three runs in five at bats. For Iowa, Jimmy Frankos hit 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run, and Taylor Zeutenhorst hit a home run. The Gophers had 11 hits and committed four errors. The Hawkeyes had 14 hits and no errors.
The Gophers batted through the order in the first inning, scoring four runs on five hits. Minnesota’s first five batters reached base before Iowa recorded an out.
Connor Schaefbauer was hit by the second pitch of the game. Matt Fiedller singled to right field. Tony Skjefte’s bunt popped up in the air, but far enough away from the catcher to drop in front of the third baseman for a hit to load the bases.
Handel’s first double of the day landed in left-center and drove in two runs. Troy Traxler followed with an RBI single up the middle, then Austin Athmann hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Handel and put Minnesota up 4-0.
Another double by Handel plated a run in the second to make it 5-1. Schaefbauer led off with a single and stole his 10th base of the season. He advanced to third on a wild pitch before Handel’s hit.
Iowa then scored the next 11 runs. The Hawkeyes’ first run scored when Jake Mangler was hit by pitch with the bases loaded in the second. Iowa had one hit, two hit batsmen and one walk that inning.
In the fourth, Nick Day led off with a sun-aided double to right, advanced on a fly ball and scored on a grounder by Mangler. The Hawkeyes added two unearned runs in the next inning to cut the deficit to one. Jake Yacinich, who walked, and Dan Potempa, who reached on a fielding error, scored on a double play and a Frankos single to make it 5-4.
Ben Meyer finished the day with five innings pitched, five hits, four runs (two earned), four walks and two strikeouts. After he left the game, Iowa put up four runs in the sixth inning to complete the comeback and take its first lead of the day.
Eric Toole and Tyler Peyton both singled and scored on a triple by Yacinich as Iowa went ahead 6-5. A sacrifice fly by Potempa and Zeutenhorst’s homer added two more runs.
The Hawkeyes scored three more unanswered runs before the game ended. Brian Glowicki (0-1) took the loss for the Gophers, having pitched the sixth and part of the two-run seventh.
After giving up five runs in the first two innings, Sasha Kuebel (5-3) went on to pitch seven innings and earn the win for Iowa. He gave up 10 total hits, only three of them coming after the second inning.
Handel's third double was in the ninth inning. Dan Motl also had multiple hits for Minnesota, batting 2-for-4.
The Gophers and Hawkeyes will conclude their series on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
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