P>April 26, 2013
The University of Minnesota baseball team suffered a one-run, 10-inning loss to Iowa, tonight in Iowa City, Iowa. Leading 9-4 in the eighth inning, the Golden Gophers (24-14 overall and 7-3 in the Big Ten) end their six-game win streak.
Alex LaShomb hit a three-run home run and went 2-3, while Dan Motl, Andy Henkemeyer and Troy Larson also had multiple-hit games. Dalton Sawyer picked up the loss, his first of his career, while Nick Hibbing was credited with the win. Tom Windle pitched 7.1 innings and scattered five hits, allowed six earned runs, walked five and struck out eight. With the Michigan State series cancelled, it was the first action he had seen in 14 days. Iowa starter Matt Dermody also held the no decision when he allowed five earned runs and 10 hits.
Minnesota jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Ryan Abrahamson started things off when he doubled to left center and came home on a RBI single by Dan Olinger to go up, 1-0. Larson reached base on a single through the left side to put the runners on the corners for LaShomb. After fouling off two pitches and taking a high ball, LaShomb hit one off the top of the right field fence and over for his first Division I home run after he posted 19 last year in Junior College action. The Gophers, however, weren’t done yet as Motl singled and moved to second on an infield grounder. On a passed ball, Motl moved to third and eventually scored as it rolled all the way to the backstop.
Iowa cut the Gopher lead to 5-2 when the Hawkeyes scored two in the bottom of the fourth. Trevor Kenyon led off the inning with an infield single, while Taylor Kaufman walked and Keith Brand was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The Gophers were able to get one out on an infield grounder, but it scored a run. The other run came on a Windle balk to put the game at 5-2. Windle, however, regrouped and struck out Blake Hinkman to end the threat.
Minnesota would get a run back in the top of the sixth for a 6-2 lead. Kurt Schlangen would off the inning with a single to center, while Larson followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Schlangen would come home on a double play for a four-run lead.
Iowa would get one run across in the bottom of the frame when Kaufman walked and move to third on a double by Brand. Jake Mangler hit a sacrifice fly to score the run as the Gophers would lead, 6-3. The Hawkeyes would push another run across in the seventh when Kris Goodman doubled to left center and scored Eric Toole, who led off the inning with a single to center.
Minnesota, however put the game back to a five-run lead in the eighth inning when it plated three in the top of the eighth. Olinger led off the inning with a walk and would come home on a RBI single from Motl. Connor Schaefbauer drove home Matt Halloran on a RBI single through the left side, while Michael Handel would score Motl on a single to left field.
Iowa, however would come all the way back and tie the game with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth and a game-tying run in the ninth to send it into extra innings. After Iowa walked three-straight times in the eighth, Goodman hit a grand slam off of Billy Soule to cut the Gopher lead to one.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Mangler singled to put the tying run on base. Taylor Zeutenhorst sent the game into extra innings when he hit a double to left field and scored Mangler. He would attempt to go home on an infield single, but would be called out at the plate on a 6-2 tag at home.
After Minnesota stranded two in the top of the 10th, Iowa led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk and a bunt single. The Gophers intentionally walked Goodman to load the bases in hopes of a force out. The walk worked as a grounder to third got the force out at home. Ty McDevitt would strike out Kaufman (swinging) for two outs and the bases still loaded. On a 1-1 pitch, Iowa’s Brand was hit for the second time in the game and 18th of the season to score the RBI winning run.
The loss marked the second-straight extra-inning loss to the Hawkeyes and the fourth one-run game played between the two teams.
Minnesota looks to return to the win column tomorrow with a 1:05 p.m. game.
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