April 25, 2012
The University of Minnesota baseball team put up seven runs in the eighth inning en route to a 11-7 comeback win over North Dakota State, tonight in Fargo, N.D. Trailing 6-2 at one time, the Golden Gophers came back for the win and improved to 24-19 on the season, while NDSU dropped to 29-10 this year.
Three catcher's interference were called by North Dakota State, including two in the big seven-run eighth inning. In all, seven errors were committed, four by the Bison and three by Minnesota. Each team also had 13 hits in the game.
Minnesota had nine players earn a RBI in the win. JT Canakes went 3-5 on the night and had two RBI and a run scored. Andy Henkemeyer, Matt Halloran, Dan Olinger and Bobby Juan all had two hits in the game. Matt Puhl went 0-1, but had an RBI, two walks, a hit by pitch and a run scored.
Minnesota used four pitchers in the game, with Tom Windle picking up the win. He went 2.0 innings pitched, allowed two hits, held NDSU scoreless and struck out two. Also seeing action was Jordan Jess (2.2 innings, three earned runs), Dustin Klabunde (2.1, 1 earned run) and Drew Ghelfi (2.0, one earned run).
North Dakota State went up, 1-0 in the first inning when Tim Colwell scored on a Wes Satzinger double. However, Minnesota put up two in the second inning. As Puhl was hit by a pitch, it scored Olinger who doubled to lead off the inning. Tony Skjefte added a sacrifice fly RBI to bring home Juan, who singled earlier in the inning.
NDSU, however, tacked on four in the bottom of the third to go up, 5-2 and later 6-2 after the fourth. Nick Anderson singled and scored Tim Colwell, while Satzinger drove in two on a single to right. The third run came in with a pickoff attempt as the ball drippled into left for the fourth run of the inning. The Bison would add to their lead when Nick Colwell drove home Tim Colwell from second to make it 6-2.
Minnesota got one back in the fifth when Kyle Geason scored on a RBI single from Canakes as Geason got under the tag.
Minnesota battled back from the three-run deficit and then took a 10-6 lead on a crazy eighth inning. Bettenburg would pinch hit and drove home Canakes on a single to center. In what looked to be an inning-ending double play, the Bison were called with the second catcher's interference of the inning and third of the game, to load the bases with one out. Geason would walk and scored Bergren, who reached on base with hs second catcher's interference of the game. After a NDSU pitching change, Halloran would single off the first pitch and score Bettenburg to tie the game. Olinger held an infield base hit to score the go-ahead run.
Kurt Schlangen would score two runs on a hit and an error play. Schlangen hit a slow chopper to short and was credited with a hit, but Max Casper also had an error on the throw. Schlangen was credited with a RBI, while a team unearned run was also issued to NDSU. Minnesota wasn't quite done yet in the inning as the Gophers batted around. Canakes doubled to left and scored Olinger for the 10-6 lead.
North Dakota State got one back in the bottom of the frame when Casper scored on a passed ball to cut the lead to 10-7. Minnesota, however, put up another run in the ninth when Henkemeyer hit a double to the opposite field and scored Puhl, who walked to start the inning and moved to second on the balk.
The 11 runs ties a Gopher high this season. Minnesota scored 11 in the win over West Virginia (11-3 March 3). The 13 hits were the most by the Gophers since their March 31st win against Michigan (9-4 win).
Minnesota hosts Iowa this weekend. Friday's game is set for 6:35 p.m., Saturday's is set for 2:05 p.m. and 3:05 p.m. on Sunday. The Sunday game is also televised live on the Big Ten Network.
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