April 27, 2013
The University of Minnesota baseball team scored seven runs in the third inning to go on to win, 10-2, over Iowa, today in Iowa City. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 25-14 overall and 8-3 in the Big Ten Conference. Iowa drops to 16-21 and 4-10 in league action.
In all, the Gopher offense produced 15 hits, which marked the first 15-hit game since last year and the second time this season the Gophers have scored double-digit runs. The seven runs scored in the third inning of today's win was the most runs scored by the Gophers this year.
Minnesota had eight doubles in the game, led primarily by Ryan Abrahamson as he had three. On the day, Abrahamson had a career-high four hits in five at bats, had an RBI and a run scored. The last time Minnesota had a player hit three doubles in a game was former Gopher Matt Puhl when he accomplished the feat in 2010 against Indiana.
Kurt Schlangen followed closely behind as he was 3-4 with two runs scored, a hit by pitch and a double. Troy Larson was 2-4 with a RBI and a run scored. In all, Minnesota had seven players collect a hit.
Alec Crawford held the Hawkeyes hitless through 5.2 innings pitched. He collected his second win of the season in his longest pitching outing of the year. He allowed six hits in his final two innings, allowed two runs, walked one and struck out one. Kevin Kray also came into the game and pitched two innings, allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out two.
Minnesota took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Abrahamson singled through the right side and scored Connor Schaefbauer as he led off the inning with a walk.
The Gophers batted around and then some as they plated seven in the top of the third. Larson started things off with a double down the left field line and came home on a Schaefbauer double. After Michael Handel walked, Andy Henkemeyer reached on an error by the third baseman on a sacrifice bunt attempt to load the bases. Dan Olinger provided his first of two sacrifice flies when he scored Schaefbauer to go up, 3-0. JT Canakes provided a RBI single to bring home Handel. After Schlangen was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Matt Halloran hit over the left fielder's head for a bases-clearing double. As the Gophers batted around, Larson added his second hit of the inning when he singled to right and brought home Halloran for the seventh run of the inning and eighth of the game.
Minnesota would add to its lead in both the fourth and ninth innings. Abrahamson doubled to left field and moved to third on a throwing error by Iowa. Olinger provided his second sac fly RBI when he brought home Abrahamson for a 9-0 lead in the top of the fourth.
Crawford held Iowa hitless until the bottom of the sixth as the Hawkeyes had back-to-back singles, but couldn't convert into runs. In the seventh, Iowa scored its first and only runs of the game when Kris Goodman drove home two on a single up the middle.
Minnesota, however, added an additional run in the top of the ninth when Schlangen and Halloran had back-to-back doubles to left and right center. Halloran scored Schlangen for the Gophers' 10th run of the game.
After Iowa won Friday's game in extra innings, the two teams will battle for the series win tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.
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