May 7, 2014
The University of Minnesota (23-20) baseball team outhit Concordia-Moorhead 9-3, but fell 3-2 in a Wednesday game at Siebert Field. The Cobbers (18-16) scored the go-ahead run in the fourth.
Mark Tatera hit 2-for-3 with a run and two walks for the Gophers while making his first start at second base. Austin Athmann drove in both the Gophers’ runs with a single. Devin Johnson hit 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI and the winning run for Concordia.
The Cobbers hit two doubles in jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Eric Carlsen led off with a double down the left line, and scored on a grounder by Michael Olson. Johnson doubled in Braden Rahman for the second run.
Minnesota had two baserunners with one out in both the first and second innings, but did not score until the third. Jordan Smith led off with a double to right and advanced to third on a single by Tatera. Dan Olinger was hit by pitch to load the bases. Athmann tied the game with a single to right.
Tyler Hanson moved up the remaining runners with a sacrifice bunt for the first out. Then William Jacobson relieved starter Justin Anderson and retired the next two batters before the Gophers could inflict more damage.
In the fourth, Johnson led off with an infield single. Jordan Gefroh walked. Both runners moved up on a passed ball, and Johnson scored on Tim Carlson’s groundout to first to make it 3-2.
Troy Traxler and Tatera both hit one-out singles in the ninth, but Bryce Feia retired the next two hitters to earn the save. In all, the Gophers left 12 runners on base.
For Concordia, it was Bucky Burgau’s final game as head coach. Head coach John Anderson and the Gophers honored the MIAC’s all-time winningest coach with the presentation of a plaque before the game.
Minnesota will host its final home series of the season against Purdue this weekend. The Friday, May 9 game will begin at 6:35 p.m. The 1964 College World Series champions will be honored at Saturday’s 6:05 p.m. game, while the Gopher seniors will be recognized at Sunday’s 12:05 contest.
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