Gopher Rally Comes Up Short in 4-3 Loss to Nebraska
May 11, 2012
Coming back from a 4-1 deficit, the Minnesota baseball team fell just short to the Nebraska Cornhuskers,4-3, tonight in Lincoln, Neb. With the loss the Golden Gophers dropped to 28-23 on the season and 10-9 in the Big Ten, while the Cornhuskers improve to 30-19 overall and 10-9 in conference play.
Minnesota and Nebraska are now tied in the conference standings. Purdue holds the top spot, while Indiana, Penn State and Michigan State are tied for second. at 11-8. The Gophers and Cornhuskers are tied for fifth with their 10-9 record, while Ohio State is in seventh at 11-10.
TJ Oakes pitched his second complete game of the season when he went the full 8.0 innings. He scattered 10 hits, allowed four runs and walked one. Nebraska's Kyle Kubat went 6.0 innings, allowed three runs and collected his fourth win of the season. Dylan Vogt went three innings and picked up his first save of the game.
Minnesota was led in hitting by Andy Henkemeyer, who went 2-4 with a run scored, while Matt Halloran would knock in two of the Gophers' three runs. Troy Larson went 1-3 and had two runs scored. Kurt Schlangen went 1-4 and had his 24th RBI of the season.
Nebraska put up two in the third to take an early 2-0 lead when Rich Sanguinetti delivered a two-run RBI. Minnesota got one run back in the fourth when Halloran singled and drove home Larson, who reached base on an error. The Huskers jumped out to a 4-1 lead, also in the fourth, when Pat Kelly hit a two-run home run to right field just after Austin Darby walked.
Minnesota, however, would cut the lead to one when Henkemeyer led off the sixth inning with a single to right. After Larson reached base on Nebraska's second error of the game, Kyle Geason added a sac bunt to push the runners into scoring position. Halloran would have his second RBI of the game as Henkemeyer scored on a RBI grounder. Schlangen then delivered a RBI single to score Larson for the third Minnesota run.
Minnesota had a chance in the eighth inning when Larson led off with a single. However, after a Gopher pop up, Nebraska's Josh Scheffert robbed Halloran of a double. Halloran lined it just inside the third-base line as Scheffert made a great play and caught Larson off at first for the Gophers' third double play of the game.
The one-run lead would be all that Nebraska would need to win the game. In the ninth inning, Vogt would send the Gophers down in order for the Huskers' 30 win of the season.
Minnesota will look to get back to the win column tomorrow at 2:05 p.m.