May 4, 2014
The University of Minnesota (22-19) baseball team lost 7-1 in its series finale at No. 4/6 Florida State. The Seminoles (36-11) swept the series at Dick Howser Stadium.
The Gophers scored first, but Florida State took the lead soon after and did not let up. John Nogowski hit 3-for-4 for the Seminoles and three other Florida State batters tallied two hits each. Florida State had 12 hits to Minnesota’s eight. Connor Schaefbauer hit 2-for-4 for the Gophers.
Jake Bergren led off the game with a double, but the Seminoles got him out at third on a fielder’s choice on the next play and escaped with a scoreless first.
Minnesota started a two-out rally in the second. Walks by Mark Tatera and Dan Motl, with a Matt Fiedler single in between them, loaded the bases with two outs. Starter Taylor Blatch got a strikeout to end the inning.
The Gophers again assembled a scoring threat in the third. Tony Skjefte led off with a single up the middle, and advanced to third on Schaefbauer’s single to left-center. Left-hander Dylan Silva relieved Blatch. Dan Olinger hit Silva’s first pitch through the right side to score Skjefte and put Minnesota ahead 1-0. The Gophers loaded the bases with two outs, but Silva got out of it with a fly ball.
Florida State broke out for three runs in the bottom of the inning. Consecutive singles by Justin Gonzalez and Ladson Montgomery, followed by an RBI double from Josh Delph, started the inning. A Casey Smit sacrifice fly gave the Seminoles a 2-1 lead, and DJ Stewart’s single scored Delph to make it 3-1. A pickoff by Tatera and a strikeout by Kunik got Minnesota out of the inning.
The Seminoles added a run in the sixth, then three more in the seventh. Jose Brizuela’s two-run home run over the right field fence made it 7-1.
Dylan Silva (2-0) notched the win for Florida State after three innings of scoreless relief. He allowed one hit and two walks. Neal Kunik took his first loss of the season to move to 2-1. He pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on six hits, walking none.
The Gophers return to Siebert Field for Tuesday and Wednesday games against Augsburg and Concordia Moorhead, respectively, before a series against Purdue May 9-11.
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