May 4, 2013
The University of Minnesota baseball team scored runs in the second, third and fourth innings to win, 7-3, today in University Park, Pa. With the win today and an 11-2 win Friday, the Golden Gophers (28-14, 11-3 Big Ten) already claim the series win.
In the past five games, Minnesota has scored 46 runs. With its 18 in the Penn State series, the Gophers also scored 29 against Iowa last weekend. Minnesota had six players collect a hit, including five with a multiple-hit game. Ryan Abrahamson went 3-5 with a RBI and two runs scored, while Andy Henkemeyer, Dan Olinger, Michael Handel and Troy Larson all had two hits.
Like yesterday's win, Minnesota used two pitchers in the game. Alec Crawford improved to 3-1 this year after he scattered six hits and allowed three runs, two of which were earned. With just one walk that he committed in the sixth inning, Crawford also struck out two. He lowers his ERA to 2.70 in 33.1 innings pitched. Ty McDevitt came into the game in relief and pitched the final two innings. He did not allow a hit and struck out one in his appearance. PSU's Greg Welsh recorded the loss as he drops to 1-5 as he was one of four pitchers used.
Minnesota put the leadoff runner on in the second, third and fourth innings and added three runs in the second and two in both the third and the fourth for a commanding 7-1 lead. Abrahamson led off the second with a single, while Olinger followed with a single to left center and both moved up a base on an error. Alex LaShomb provided a RBI grounder to push across the first run, while Handel delivered a RBI single to plate Olinger. Handel would earn his ninth stolen base and come home on a Larson single to center to put the Gophers up, 3-0.
After James Coates hit a sacrifice RBI to score J.C. Coban, Minnesota scored another two in the top of the third and fourth. Handel plated a runner on a fielder's choice, while Olinger came home after a throwing error by Montesinos for the second run of the inning. The Gophers added another two in the fourth. Henkemeyer singled home Larson, while Abrahamson drove home Kurt Schlangen on an infield single.
PSU cut the deficit to 7-3 when it pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings. Elliot Searer started the sixth when he reached on a Gopher error and would later come around to score on a Coates RBI single to put the game at 7-2. The Gophers' Crawford got out of a jam in the seventh inning when he allowed just one run. Zach Ell led off the seventh with a double down the left-field line and gave up a single to Tyler Kendall to put runners on the corners with no outs. However, he got Steve Snyder to hit into a double play. It scored Ell, but Crawford allowed just the one run after putting the first two batters on base.
Minnesota stranded 10 runners on base to PSU's five. Only two extra base hits were established in the game, one by PSU's Coban and one by Abrahamson.
Minnesota will look for the sweep tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. ET, 11:05 a.m. CT. DJ Snelten is scheduled to pitch against PSU's Steven Hill.
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