Gophers Earn Series Win With 9-5 Victory
April 28, 2013
The University of Minnesota baseball team scored three runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings en route to a 9-5 win, today over Iowa. With the win, the Golden Gophers (26-14, 9-3 in the Big Ten) took the series as it came back to win on Saturday and Sunday after a 10-9, 10-inning Friday loss to the Hawkeyes.
Minnesota was led in hitting by Kurt Schlangen and Michael Handel as they each had three-hit games. Schlangen went 3-5 with two RBI and a run scored, while Handel was 3-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Connor Schaefbauer also had two RBI, while four others drove in runs. Sunday's game marked the third time this season the Gophers had double digit runs and the second-straight day Minnesota had 15 hits, a season high.
DJ Snelten picked up the win, his fourth of the season. He improves to 4-0 this year after he pitched 6.1 innings. Ben Meyer came in relief and went 2.2 innings. He allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out three.
Minnesota jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third. Connor Schaefbauer reached first on an error by Iowa shortstop Nick Roscetti. Schlangen followed with his second hit in as many at bats to put runners on the corners. Henkemeyer scored Schaefbauer when he singled through the right side. Schlangen would come home on a RBI single from Dan Olinger to put the game at 2-0. Minnesota made it 3-0 when Handel had an infield single off a snow cone attempt by Iowa's second baseman as he plated Henkemeyer.
The Gophers added another three when Iowa had another two errors to go up, 6-0. Olinger started the inning off with a double off the right field fence. After both Alex LaShomb and Handel were hit by pitches to load the bases, a wild pitch was thrown, which scored Olinger. The bases were loaded again when Mark Tatera pinch hit and reached base on an error by the first baseman. LaShomb touched home after an error by Roscetti and Schlangen drove in Handel on a RBI grounder.
Iowa got a run back in the fifth and two in the sixth to cut Minnesota's lead to 6-3. After Nick Day hit a triple, Eric Toole followed with a double to bring home Iowa's first run of the game. With three-straight singles to lead off the seventh, the Hawkeyes would get another two runs across to cut the Gopher lead to 6-3.
Minnesota, however, added to its lead in the top of the seventh. Handel tripled and would come home on a double by Halloran. After Mark Tatera reached on a catcher's interference, Schaefbauer singled for his second RBI of the game as Halloran touched home. Schlangen added a sacrifice fly to score Tatera for a 9-3 lead. Iowa would close out the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the frame when Jake Mangler singled in Trevor Kenyon. The final run came across on a wild pitch, which was unearned due to a Gopher error.
Minnesota turned two double plays, including one in the bottom of the ninth. The Gophers left 12 on base to Iowa's eight. Snelten and Meyer combined for nine strikeouts, while the Iowa pitching corps had five.
The Gophers are scheduled to play St. Thomas, Wednesday, May 1, 3:05 p.m. at Siebert Field. Minnesota then travels to State College, Pa., to face Penn State next weekend. Friday's game is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. CT, followed by 1:05 p.m. Saturday and noon CT Sunday.