May 3, 2013
Kurt Schlangen went 2-4 with three RBI, while eight players collected a hit in an 11-2 win over Penn State, tonight in University Park, Pa. With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 27-14 on the season and 10-3 in the Big Ten.
The Gophers scored a run in the first, six in the fourth and two in both the fifth and eighth inning for the 11-run win. Along with Schlangen's multiple-hit game, Connor Schaefbauer, Andy Henkemeyer and Dan Olinger all had a multiple-hit game.
Tom Windle collected his sixth win of the season when he allowed two unearned runs, scattered seven hits, walked two and struck out four as he improved to 6-2 this year. Using only two pitchers in the game, Lance Thonvold came in relief and pitched the final two innings. The red-shirt freshman did not allow a hit in his two innings and struck out two.
PSU needed to use six pitchers in the game. T.J. Jann started the game and was credited with the loss when he allowed seven earned runs, five walks in 3.1 innings pitched. He dropped to 1-6 this year.
Minnesota got on the board early when it scored a run in the top of first. Schaefbauer led off the game with a four-ball walk and would later come home to score on a double from Henkemeyer.
PSU, however, responded and pushed two across in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead. After two outs, Minnesota committed an error, while Alex Farkes singled to put two on. Zach Ell doubled just inside the left field line to score both unearned runs.
Minnesota, came back with a vengeance and plated six in the top of the fourth for a 7-2 lead. After a Ryan Abrahamson walk and a Olinger hit by a pitch, J.T. Canakes provided a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position. Michael Handel walked to load the bases right before Matt Halloran hit a double to the right center gap and scored two runs. Troy Larson delivered a RBI single to score Handel, while Schlangen singled through the left side to score another two runs. After Abrahamson walked for the second time in the same inning, Olinger had a hit that went off the glove of Ian Parvin and scored another run.
The Gophers added to its lead when they pushed another two across in the top of the fifth. Handel led off the inning as he reached on an error, followed by a Larson walk. Schaefbauer was credited with an infield hit, as Handel scored on the throwing error in an attempt to get Schaefbauer out at first. Larson came home when Schlangen bunted him home for his third RBI of the game and his second hit.
Windle got out of a jam to keep the game at 9-2. After allowing a double to Taylor Skerpon and a bunt single to Coates, PSU put runners on the corners with one out. Windle got both White and Farkes to strike out swinging to end the threat and the inning.
Andy Henkemeyer added another run in the eighth when he led off the inning with a double to right and came home to score on back to back wild pitch throws. After Abrahamson singled and Canakes walked, both runners moved up on a wild pitch. In a throw attempt down to second, an error was credited to catcher Farkes to bring home Abrahamson for the Gophers' 11th run of the game.
The win marked the third time this year the Gophers scored double-digit runs. In the last four games, Minnesota has scored 39 runs. Minnesota posted 28 against Iowa last weekend.
The Gophers and Nittany Lions play again tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. CT.
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