Gophers Set to Host Gopher Baseball Classic

Go Gophers! Kyle O'Shea and the Gophers host Kansas and Stony Brook
Go Gophers!
Kyle O'Shea and the Gophers host Kansas and Stony Brook
Go Gophers!

March 9, 2012

Minnesota vs Stony Brook/Kansas
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Date Sat-Sun, March 10-11, 2012
Time 12/6:35 p.m.(Sat.), 12 p.m. (Sun.)
Location H.H.H. Metrodome
Video Gopher All-Access (against Stony Brook)
Audio GopherSports.com (Listen Online)

PITCHING MATCH-UP
SB: Evan Stecko-Haley (Sr., RHP) vs MN: TJ Oakes (Jr., RHP)
KU: Frank Duncan (So., RHP), vs. MN: Tom Windle (So. LHP)
SB: James Campbell (Jr., RHP) vs MN: Austin Lubinsky (Sr. RHP)

GOPHER BASEBALL CLASSIC NOTES
• The University of Minnesota and Stony Brook are meeting for the first time in the school's history. Founded in 1957 in Stony Brook, N.Y. (60 miles east of NYC), Stony Brook's enrollment is 24,594. The Seawolves enter the weekend with a 5-3 record. The Seawolves' most notatble alums is former Minnesota Twins' closer, Joe Nathan, in which Stony Brook plays on Joe Nathan field.
• Minnesota has only faced Hartford out of the current America East Conference. The Gophers hold a all-time record of 3-0 against the AEC (SB, Hartford, Maine, Albany, UMBC and Binghampton).
• The last time the Gophers faced Kansas dates back to the 1991 season when Minnesota went 1-2 against the Jayhawks, March 1-3. Minnesota won the first game, 14-11 and followed with a 9-3 win before it fell, 3-2.  


MIDWEEK HAMLINE RECAP
Minnesota and Hamline played for four hours and 35 minutes as the Golden Gophers defeated the Pipers, 3-2 in the bottom of the 16th inning, Wednesday at the H.H.H Metrodome. Minnesota's Jake Bergren scored on a sacrifice fly to end the game and assist the Gophers to their sixth win of the season. Hamline dropped to 4-5 on the season. The last time Minnesota won in extra innings was last year when it won in 12 against Iowa, 5-4. Minnesota was led by Matt Halloran, who went 3-8 with an RBI and a double. Matt Puhl and Dan Olinger went 2-8, while Troy Larson was 2-4 and three walks. In the bottom of the 16th, Halloran had a base hit as Bergren came in to pinch run for him. Hamline's Ellefson, who started the game at third came in to pitch the remaining 4.1 innings, tried to check Bergren at first. An error was charged to him on the throw, which advanced Bergren all the way to third. With one out, Henkemeyer provided the sac fly to score the game-winning run to end the game. Between the two teams, 15 pitchers were used in the game. Minnesota's Jordan Jess started for the Gophers and he went 3.0 innings and had one strikeout. Following Jess was McDevitt (2.0, allowed one earned run), Ben Meyer (2.0), Kyle O'Shea (0.2 allowed one earned run), Lance Thonvold (1.2), Kevin Kray (3.2) and finally Billy Soule (3.0). Soule earned the win after he allowed three hits in three innings pitched and a strikeout.

DID YOU KNOW?
Minnesota played in a 16-inning game against Hamline Wednesday night. The last time the Gophers played at least16 innings dates back to 1949. On April 9, 1949 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the Gophers and Iowa Teachers (now Northern Iowa), played 19 innings as the Iowa Teachers won 4-3. On April 24, 1948, the Gophers and Illinois played 16 innings as the Illini won 4-3.

SCOUTING STONY BROOK
The Stony Brook University baseball team enters the weekend with a 5-3 record and plays Kansas twice on Friday. In their last outing, Stony Brook had 16 hits in a 17-5 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday afternoon. Maxx Tissenbaum hit a grand slam and William Carmona also homered to lead the SBU offense. Tissenbaum leads the a .464 batting average and five RBI. Arguably the Seawolves' best player is Travis Jankowski, a junior Preseason All-American. He enters the weekend with a .355 batting average and an on-base of .444. Projected to start against the Gophers Saturday is Evan Stecko-Haley, who has a 1.46 ERA, is 1-1 on the season and seven strikeouts. James Campbell, the projected Sunday starter, is 1-0 on the season and holds a 1.12 ERA.

SCOUTING KANSAS
After starting the season, 4-0, Kansas enters the weekend 6-6 on the season. The Jayhawks played North Dakota State earlier this week and split its games, with a 7-4 win, followed by a 12-9 loss. Kansas is led by Kevin Kuntz, who has started in all 12 games and is batting .385 and a team-high 15 hits. Zac Elgie has a team-high 12 RBI with two home runs and 10 hits, two doubles. Kansas is projected to start Frank Duncan, who has appeared in four games and three starts. He enters the weekend with a 3.48 ERA, a 2-1 record and has pitched 20.2 innings.