May 5, 2013
The University of Minnesota baseball team dropped a 4-3, 10-inning game, today, in University Park, Pa. With the loss, the Golden Gophers drop to 28-15 overall and 11-4 in Big Ten play.
The Golden Gophers won the series with wins on Friday and Saturday, but dropped the finale in attempt of the sweep. Minnesota stranded nine base runners to Penn State's eight. Andy Henkemeyer had two of Minnesota's seven hits, while PSU's James Coates went 3-3 with a walk.
Both starting pitchers held no decisions. Minnesota's DJ Snelten pitched eight innings and allowed three runs, two of which were earned. As he scattered seven hits, he had seven strikeouts and four walks. Billy Soule was credited with the loss when he went 1.2 innings. PSU's Steven Hill pitched six innings, allowed three earned runs, walked four and struck out one. Nick Hedge pitched an inning and a third, while Neal Herring won the game on 2.2 innings pitched and improved to 2-0.
Minnesota got on the board with a run in the first. Kurt Schlangen started off the inning with a hit by pitch and came in to score on a RBI grounder by Ryan Abrahamson. PSU tied it up in the bottom of the third when Elliot Searer had an infield hit and later came home to score on a double from Luis Montesinos.
Minnesota used three extra-base hits to plate two runs in the top of the sixth and take a 3-1 lead. Dan Olinger hit an opposite field standup double, while Mark Tatera followed with a slicing triple to the right line and scored Olinger. In the next at bat, Matt Halloran hit a double over the left fielder's head, which scored Tatera easily for the 3-1 lead.
Penn State, however, tied the game for the second time when it plated two in the bottom of the frame. With no outs, PSU had a single up the middle by J.C. Coban and a walk to Taylor Skerpon to bunt two on. In a bunt single, a Gopher error occurred to score one run and runners on the corners with no outs. Snelten forced J.J. White to hit into a double play. A run scored, but the Gophers got out of a jam and kept the game tied.
Both teams had their chances in the bottom of the ninth and top of the 10th but couldn't convert. Penn State had a leadoff hit and got him to third, but Soule got a big strikeout for the final out of regulation. Minnesota loaded the bases with no outs. However, the Gophers hit an infield grounder for the force out at home and ended the inning with a double play to end the threat and send it to the bottom of the 10th.
In the bottom of the 10th, Steven Snyder singled and Searer walked to put two on, no outs. On a sac bunt attempt, Minnesota attempted to get the force out at third, but Snyder was called safe, despite an argument from head coach John Anderson. With the bases loaded and no outs, Minnesota got an out on a liner to second. Taylor Skerpon hit a fielder's choice RBI when he hit a chopper to second. Minnesota got one out, but Skerpon beat out the throw to first for the game-winning RBI.
Minnesota plays Milwaukee on May 8 as the game at Siebert is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. The Gophers then host Nebraska, May 10-12 at Siebert Field.
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