May 24, 2013
Minnesota beat Illinois 3-1 in an elimination game at the Big Ten Baseball Tournament this afternoon at Target Field. The Gophers advanced to play Nebraska at 3:35 p.m. this afternoon in another elimination game.
The Gophers scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and got their offense rolling when Andy Henkemeyer hit his 13th double of the season with one out. Henkemeyer advanced to third on a fly ball and scored when Dan Olinger singled to right with two outs to tie the game 1-1.
Minnesota took the lead for good when desiginated hitter Mark Tatera blooped a single to center on a hit-and-run to put runners on the corners. Michael Handel added an RBI single to bring home Olinger, while Ryan Abrahamson then drove in Tatera with a single to put the Gophers up 3-1.
The Maroon and Gold got strong pitching from Alec Crawford and Lance Thonvold to shut down the Illini. Crawford went 6.2 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing only one run while striking out two. Thonvold pitched the final 2.1 innings, striking out three and allowing only one hit.
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