April 27, 2012
Matt Halloran hit a two-run home run to lead the University of Minnesota baseball team to a 5-4 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes, tonight at the H.H.H. Metrodome. Tied 3-3 in the fifth, Halloran hit a right-field home run to help the Golden Gophers (25-19 overall) to their eighth win of the season.
On the night, Halloran went 1-2 with three RBI and a run scored. Kurt Schlangen went 2-4 and scored two runs, while Kyle Geason was 2-4 with an RBI. Dan Olinger added a RBI, a team-high 25th, and went 1-4.
TJ Oakes started the game and got the win, improving to 7-2 on the season. In his 7.1 innings pitched, Oakes allowed four runs, only one of which was earned, had six strikeouts and now holds a season ERA of 1.51. Tom Windle collected his first save of the season when he went 1.2 innings pitched and struck out two batters.
The Gophers got on the scoreboard first when Olinger scored Halloran, who was hit by a pitch. The Hawkeyes responded in the third when Jacob Yacinich singled and scored Keith Brand to tie the game at 1-1.
Minnesota came right back and pushed across another two in the third inning to go up, 3-1. Andy Henkemeyer walked and would later score on a sacrifice RBI from Halloran. Schlangen would also touch home in the inning. He had a stand-up double and would score on a Geason RBI left-field single to put the game at 3-1.
Iowa came back and tied the game for the second time when it plated two in the fifth. The Hawkeyes would score Brand when Host attempted a steal and came home after a throwing error. Yacinich doubled to left center and scored Host to tie the game at 3-3.
Halloran, however, put the Gophers up, 5-3 in the fifth when he lifted one deep and over the right-field baggie for his second home run of the season. Schlangen got on base on a bunt single right before Halloran hit the Gophers' seventh home run of the season. The Hawkeyes would come back in the seventh inning and scored the only earned run allowed by Oakes when Mike McQuillan added a RBI single to score Brand.
The Gophers, however, would hold the Hawkeyes to the four runs. After Oakes got the first out of the eighth inning, Windle entered the game and sent Iowa down for the last five outs. He ended the game with back-to-back strikeouts.
Minnesota will play Iowa tomorrow at 2:05 p.m., followed by a Sunday 3:05 p.m. game. The Sunday game can be found live on the Big Ten Network.
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