May 15, 2014
Two run-scoring doubles by Connor Schaefbauer and a one-run pitching performance by Alec Crawford and Dalton Sawyer gave the Golden Gophers a 2-1 win at No. 8 Indiana on Thursday. The 10-inning game was only the third conference game the first-place Hoosiers have lost all season.
With the win, Minnesota moved to 27-20 (13-9 Big Ten) and secured the No. 4 seed for the conference tournament. Indiana is now 36-13 (19-3 Big Ten). The Gophers also ended Dustin DeMuth’s on base streak at 45 games.
Schaefbauer hit 3-for-4 with two doubles that drove in both of Minnesota’s runs. Dan Motl hit 2-for-4 and scored both runs.
The Gophers outhit the Hoosiers 8-4. Only Kentucky has held Indiana to fewer hits this season, allowing three in an April game.
Crawford sent the Hoosiers down in order in each of the first two innings. He threw just five pitches in the first.
The Gophers took a 1-0 lead on two hits in the third. Motl hit a slow roller to short for an infield single. Schaefbauer followed with a double to the right corner. Motl scored on the play, and Schaefbauer was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
Minnesota did not have the lead for long, as Indiana countered with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning. Will Nolden led off with a bunt single. A hit batsman and a Casey Rodrigue infield hit loaded the bases. A groundout by Kyle Schwarber scored Nolden.
Both starting pitchers locked in after the third. Crawford and Indiana’s Joey DeNato each allowed just one more hit before leaving the game. Crawford pitched eight innings and allowed three hits and a walk, while striking out three. DeNato pitched nine innings and gave up five hits and five walks, striking out seven.
Indiana’s first two batters in the ninth reached on a walk and an error. But Dalton Sawyer struck out the next batter and the Gophers turned a 6-4-3 double play to send the game to the 10th.
Reliever Scott Effross retired the first two batters he faced. Then the Gophers strung together three hits. Motl singled through the left side, and again scored on a Schaefbauer double, this time to the left corner. Brad Hartong made a diving attempt but could not come up with the catch, and the Gophers went ahead 2-1. After an infield hit by Tony Skjefte, Effross got the final out.
Hartong led off the Hoosiers’ 10th with a double, but Sawyer got a lineout and two strikeouts to seal the Gophers’ first top-10 win since beating UCLA last February. Sawyer moved to 6-4 on the season, and Effross to 4-2.
The second game of the series will begin at 7 p.m. CT Friday, televised on BTN.
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