May 23, 2013
Minnesota fell 4-2 to top-seed Indiana in the second round of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament at Target Field.
The loss means that Minnesota will face Illinois at 12:05 p.m. on Friday in an elimination game. The winner of that game will face Nebraska in an elimination game at 3:35 p.m. Minnesota beat Illinois 3-2 to open the tournament on Wednesday afternoon.
Indiana advances to tomorrow's 7:05 p.m. game against Ohio State where the winner will earn a spot in the championship series.
Indiana got on board early when it used three doubles and a walk to produce a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Gopher hurler DJ Snelten (five strikeouts, two walks). Chris Sujka led off the bottom of the inning with a double off the left-field wall. After Sam Travis walked, Scott Donley hit a ground-rule double and scored Sujka for the first run. After an RBI sacrifice fly, the Hoosiers used its third double of the inning to plate Donely and secure a 3-0 advantage.
Snelten settled down following the first inning and Indiana's Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Aaron Slegers (seven strikeouts, zero walks) kept Minnesota off the board until the top of the fifth inning. Dan Olinger doubled to right for the Gophers in the fifth and scored on Troy Larson's second hit of the game, a single up the middle to cut the lead to 3-1.
Indiana, however, would regain a three-run lead when it took advantage of a Gopher error in the bottom of the inning. Snelten recorded back-to-back strikeouts before a Andy Henkemeyer dropped a fly ball in right field. The extra out was followed by back-to-back singles as Scott Donley scored Kyle Scwarber for the fourth Hoosier run.
Minnesota got a run back in the top of the eighth when Larson singled to right center for his third hit of the game. Connor Schaefbauer would single and both he and Larson would advance on a grounder to the right side. Larson made it a 4-2 game when he scored after Henkemeyer grounded out to second.
The Gophers would put runners on first and second in the top of the ninth, but their threat ended when Larson, who had three hits, struck out to end the game.
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