| Minnesota at Saint Mary's
Tues., March 18 - 5 p.m. CDT
Wed., March 19 - 5 p.m. CDT
|| Moraga, Calif. | Louis Guisto Field
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March 17, 2014
After a weekend series at Sacramento State, the Gophers are staying in California for a Tuesday-Wednesday pair of games at Saint Mary's in Moraga. Both games are at 5 p.m. CDT.
Minnesota went 2-1 in a series at Sacramento State.
Alec Crawford earned his first win of the season in a 2-1 game Friday. He pitched six innings and gave up one unearned run.
The Gophers kept Saturday's game close until the Hornets added two runs in the eight to seal a 6-2 win. Catcher Mark Tatera threw out two steal attempts, and reliever Brian Glowicki threw out another.
Minnesota won a 10-inning game of the season on Sunday. Connor Schaefbauer hit a triple and drove in three runs in the 5-3 win.
Jake Bergren hit 4-for-8 on the weekend with a run, an RBI and a walk.
MORE INNINGS? NO PROBLEM
The Golden Gophers have played three extra-inning games in 2014 and won them all.
All three were 10 innings long.
The Gophers were the home team for the first (3-2 against Northern Illinois in Glendale, Ariz.) and the visiting team for the other two (4-2 at Louisiana Tech and 5-3 at Sacramento State).
The Gophers have already won two more extra-inning games than they did in 2013. Minnesota went 1-4 in extra innings last season.
ABOUT THE GAELS
Saint Mary's won one of three games against No. 9 Cal State Fullerton over the weekend.
In a long series opener, the Gaels took a lead on 2013 WCC All-Freshman selection Anthony Villa's RBI double in the 13th innng, but Fullerton scored twice in the bottom of the inning to win 6-5.
In Saturday's 6-0 win, freshman Cameron Neff threw his second shutout of the season.
The Gaels dropped the series finale 4-2 on Sunday.
Sophomore Anthony Gonsolin both pitches and plays in the field for Saint Mary's. He leads the Gaels' regular starters with a .338 batting average.
With the demolition of the Metrodome, Minnesota will not play a true home game until March 26. The Gophers will play games in six different states (Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina, California and Illinois) before their Siebert Field home opener. The first two series were neutral-site home games for Minnesota, while the others are true road games or tournament games. Minnesota will be on the road for 10 of 14 weekends during the season. In addition to their early non-conference games, the Gophers will also travel to play Florida State in Tallahassee May 2-4.
OLINGER'S STREAK COMES TO AN END
Senior first baseman Dan Olinger recorded a hit in all of the Gophers' first 12 gamesbefore the streak came to an end last Friday at Sacramento State. The streak included 11 starts and one game in which Olinger had only one at bat as a pinch hitter. He batted .348 (16-for-46) in those 12 games. Olinger's 16-game on-base streak, which began in the 2013 Big Ten Tournament, also ended in the series opener against the Hornets.
A series of injuries has forced Minnesota to call on several different Gophers to play catcher. Senior Matt Halloran caught the first game of the season, but freshman Austin Athmann became the regular catcher after that. Redshirt junior Mark Tatera caught a few games during that time, until an injury to Athmann made Tatera the first option for the Sacramento State series. Tatera caught all three games of the weekend, the first Gopher catcher to do so this season.