Gophers Fall 8-0 in Regular Season Finale
May 17, 2014
The Golden Gopher baseball team ended its regular season with an 8-0 loss at Indiana. Minnesota enters the Big Ten Tournament with a 27-22 overall record and 13-11 mark in conference play. The Big Ten champion Hoosiers hit six doubles in Saturday’s game.
Minnesota had eight hits, including three leadoff hits, but did not score. Third baseman Matt Fiedler hit 3-for-4. For Indiana, Sam Travis hit two doubles, and Scott Donley and Dustin DeMuth each had two of the Hoosiers’ 12 hits.
Indiana went ahead 1-0 in the third. Donley led off with a double to right-center. After advancing to third on a DeMuth groundout, he scored on Brad Hartong’s sacrifice fly to right.
Minnesota had two runners on base to start the third when Matt Fiedler and Mark Tatera both singled up the middle. But Brian Korte (3-0) kept the Gophers scoreless as a strikeout and a 5-4-3 double play ended the inning. The Gophers again had a leadoff baserunner in the fourth when Connor Schaefbauer singled to left, but he did not advance past second.
Minnesota kept the game close until consecutive doubles by Casey Rodrigue, Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis put Indiana up 3-0 with no one out in the sixth. DeMuth added an RBI single before Toby Anderson entered the game in relief of Neal Kunik (2-2) and got the final two outs of the inning.
The Gopher defense produced a scoreless seventh behind by two good plays by second baseman Chris Schaaf. He made a diving stop on a deep grounder, and charged forward to field a slow grounder for the second out.
Jordan Smith robbed Hartong of a home run with a catch at the left field wall for the first out. Then Fiedler ran toward left field to catch a foul ball for the second. But a two-out walk to Nick Ramos loaded the bases for Tim O’Conner’s single that scored two.
The Gophers will travel to Omaha, Nebraska, for the Big Ten Tournament. Play begins Wednesday, May 21 at TD Ameritrade Park, the home of the College World Series. Fourth-seeded Minnesota will face fifth-seeded Michigan at 9 p.m. CT. The entire tournament will be televised on BTN.