April 22, 2012
The University of Minnesota baseball team battled back from a 4-2 deficit only to fall, 5-4 in 10 innings to Michigan State, today in East Lansing, Mich. With the loss, the Gophers fall to 23-19 on the season and 7-5 in Big Ten play. It was the second extra-inning games the Gophers fell to Michigan State. Minnesota lost 3-2 in 11 Saturday and won, 4-2 in a doubleheader Saturday.
Minnesota was led by Jake Bergren, who went 2-4 with two RBI and a run scored and a home-plate putout. Henkemeyer went 2-5 with a RBI and a run, while Matt Halloran was 1-5 with a run scored.
Minnesota used three pitchers in the game. Austin Lubinsky started and held the no decision. He went 5.2 innings pitched, allowed four earned runs, a walk and a strikeout. Ben Meyer came in relief and pitched 1.1 innings and allowed a hit. Billy Soule was credited with the loss when he pitched 2.0 innings.
Minnesota got on the board early when Dan Olinger provided a sacrifice fly and scored Henkemeyer for a 1-0 lead. MSU responded and put up two in the bottom of the frame when Jordan Keur doubled to score Ryan Jones to tie the game. Jared Hook singled and drove home Torsten Boss from third and took the early 2-1 lead. Henkemeyer put the game at 2-2 when his liner hit off the first-base and into right, scoring Bergren. He led off the inning with a single and scored on the Henkemeyer hit.
Michigan State took the lead when Boss doubled and later scored on a Ryan Krill sacrifice fly. The Spartans added to the lead when Jared Hook had a RBI single.
Minnesota would go scoreless until the eighth inning when Bergren tied the game at 4-4 with a two-run RBI single. Halloran hit a lead off single over the head of Boss to left field. David Bettenburg
came in to pinch hit and was hit by a pitch to but two on with no outs. Both moved up a base when MSU Tony Wieber had a wild pitch. Bergren would send a hit over the glove of a sprawling Scanlon and drove home both Halloran and Bettenburg to tie the game.
MSU threatened in the bottom of the eighth. After two batters were hit by a pitch and a walk to Ryan Jones, the bases were loaded with no outs. Kyle Geason got the first out on a foul fly. Bergren helped the Gophers out of a jam when he caught a fly out to center. As Jimmy Pickens attempted to tag up and go home, Bergren would throw him out on a perfect 8-2 putout at home as Halloran had a play at the plate to end the inning.
However, Michigan State would come back in the bottom of the 10th inning when Pickens lifted a ball deep to right center to get a leadoff triple. With three straight hits and back-to-back singles (one to short and another to left), it loaded the bases for Boss. On the first pitch, Boss drove home the winning run when he sent it to left center for the RBI single and the walk-off win.
Minnesota will travel to North Dakota State on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The Gophers then return home to face Iowa, April 27-29 at the Metrodome. Friday's game is set for 6:35 p.m. followed by a 2:05 p.m. tilt Saturday and a 3:05 p.m. start Sunday. The Sunday game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.