April 29, 2012
The University of Minnesota baseball team fell, 5-4, to Iowa in 12 innings for its first Big Ten home loss of the season. The Golden Gophers still won the series, 2-1, to bring their record to 26-20 (9-6 Big Ten), while Iowa stands at 17-22 (6-9 Big Ten).
Iowa got on the board early when it strung together four-straight hits to go up, 2-0 after the third inning. Mike McQuillan got a deep infield hit and would come around to score on a single and an error by Jacob Yacinich. Phil Keppler drove home Yacinich with a single to make it 2-0.
Andy Henkemeyer drove in the first Gopher run when he hit a chopper over the head of McQuillan to score Michael Handel, who led off the inning with a single to right. Matt Puhl scored as he got underneath the tag on a grounder to first. Halloran would put Minnesota up, 3-2, when he plated Henkemeyer on a single to left.
Iowa responded in the seventh when McQuillan had a sacrifice RBI and scored Taylor Zeutenhorst. Minnesota came right back in the bottom of the frame when Schlangen earned a sacrifice RBI when he hit one deep to center, scoring Puhl from third. Iowa's Bryan Niedbalski pinch hit in the eighth inning and sent the ball to deep left center and scored Keppler to tie the game at 4-4.
Minnesota threatened in the 10th when Troy Larson hit a ball to center that got underneath the glove of centerfielder Kris Goodman as Larson reached third. With two outs, the Gophers couldn't push the run across. Tony Skjefte led off the 11th inning with a double, but again, the Gophers couldn't get the run across as Iowa's Taylor Kaufman struck out two and got a grounder to end the inning.
Iowa's McQuillan had a leadoff walk before Keppler would deliver a RBI single to seal the win in the 12th. McQuillan went 2-3 on the game. Keppler led the Hawkeyes with two RBI on 2-for-5 hitting. Kaufman (2-0) earned the win for Iowa with 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Nick Hibbing picked up his second save.
Puhl went 3-6 for Minnesota, his first multi-hit game of the conference season. Schlangen went 0-4 on the day, but led the Gophers with two RBI. Drew Ghelfi (3-1) took the loss for Minnesota.
The Golden Gophers will be back in action on Tuesday night against St. Thomas for their last game at Siebert Field. For more information about the Final Pitch at Siebert Field, click here.