May 17, 2013
The University of Minnesota baseball team suffered its third loss in a row as the Golden Gophers fell, 4-3 to Illinois, today in a rain-delayed game. With the loss, Minnesota falls to 29-20 on the season and 12-8 in Big Ten play. Illinois improves to 33-15 overall and 14-9 in the Big Ten, which solidified its spot in the Big Ten Tournament next week.
Minnesota had three hitters with multiple-hit games. Connor Schaefbauer was 2-4 with a run scored and a walk. Andy Henkemeyer was 2-5 with a RBI, while Matt Halloran knocked in two runs and was 2-3 on the day. Minnesota had four errors in the game as two of the Illini runs were unearned.
Alec Crawford suffered his second loss of the season. He and Illinois pitcher Ryan Castellanos were the starting pitchers. They started the game, both sat after a 2:25 rain delay and came back out to pitch. Crawford scattered six hits, allowed four runs, two of which were earned. He also walked one and struck out three.
Illinois got on the board in the top of the second on a rainy inning. After Jordan Parr reached on base by an error, he came home to score on a RBI single from David Kerian to go up, 1-0. After a 2:25 rain delay, Minnesota would respond with a run in the bottom of the second when Michael Handel hit one to the right center gap. He would come home on a Halloran single to tie the game at 1-1.
The Illini, however, would add another two right again in the top of the third. After Davis Hendrickson led off the inning with a walk, Thomas Lindauer doubled in Hendrickson. The Illini added to the lead when a Gopher error resulted in an unearned run as Lindauer came in to score.
Illinois took a 4-1 lead when it scored a run when Lindauer came home to score off a RBI double from Hurwitz.
Minnesota got runs back in the fifth and eighth inning to cut the deficit to one. Schaefbauer led off the fifth inning with a walk and moved to second on a Schlangen sacrifice bunt. Henkemeyer drove home Schaefbauer with a RBI single to put the game at 4-2. The Gophers would add another run in the eighth inning when Halloran provided a single as Dan Olinger came home to score. Olinger started off the inning when he reached on one of his two hit-by-pitch of the game.
However, Illinois and Bryan Roberts would come in and close the door as he got the save. Minentoa went down in order in the bottom of the ninth for the loss.
Minnesota will look to get back in the win column tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. The Gophers will honor their seniors following the game.
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Around the Bases with Luke Pettersen
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