May 10, 2013
The University of Minnesota baseball team had weather in their favor but fell to Nebraska, 6-0, today at Siebert Field. The loss is the first of a three-game series against Nebraska as Minnesota now stands at 28-17 in the season and 11-5 in the Big Ten. Nebraska is now 22-25 in the season and improves to 13-6 in the Big Ten.
Tom Windle was credited with the loss after he threw 124 pitches, went 7.1 innings pitched, allowed eight hits, two runs, one of which was earned. Ty McDevitt and Billy Soule also saw action. McDevitt allowed four runs, three earned, on two hits, walked one and struck out two. Soule got the last two outs and allowed one hit.
Dan Olinger led the team with two hits, while Ryan Abrahamson, Andy Henkemeyer and Connor Schaefbauer also were credited with one for the five total hits of the game.
Nebraska took an early lead in the top of the first when Michael Pritchard came around to score for a 1-0 lead. Pritchard reached on an error and scored after Josh Scheffert batted him in on a RBI single.
Nebraska threatened in the top of the fifth when Kash Kalkowski led off with a double to left center. Kalkowski advanced to third with one out on a grounder to second. However, Windle and the Gophers got out of the jam with a strikeout swinging from Rich Sanquinetti and an unassisted putout by Olinger to end the threat.
Minnesota had a chance in the bottom of the sixth inning, but couldn’t push a run across. Schaefbauer led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. However, the Gophers had a fly out, followed by Ryan Abrahamson’s 24 walk of the season. But the Gophers had a line out to right to end the Gopher scoring chance.
Minnesota kept the game at 1-0 when Nebraska stranded the bases loaded in the seventh. After a one-out single, followed by back-to-back walks from Windle, he got out of another jam. As Chad Christensen hit into a fielder’s choice, Olinger and Matt Halloran combined for a force out at home for the second out. Windle got Kalkowski to ground out to first for the inning-ending out.
However, Josh Scheffert turned on a pitch and sent the ball over the left field wall for a solo home run, his second home run of the year to put the game at 2-0.
Nebraska opened the floodgates with a four-run ninth inning to solidify the win. After a leadoff single and a walk, a Gopher throwing error on a sac bunt brought home a run. Another two runs were scored on RBI sacrifice flies by Christensen and Scheffert, while Kalkowski hit a RBI triple for the four runs.
Minnesota plays the second game of the series tomorrow Saturday May 11, at 2:05 p.m.
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