March 19, 2013
| Minnesota (12-8) at Kansas State (12-7)
|Dates/Times||March 19-20, 6:30 p.m. (Tuesday), 3:00 p.m. (Wednesday)|
|Game 1 Probables||Ty McDevitt (RHP) vs. Jake Doller (RHP)|
|Game 2 Probables||DJ Snelten (LHP) vs. Blake McFadden (RHP)|
|Television||FSN Plus (Tuesday), FSN (Wednesday)|
||Game 1 | Game 2|
|Game Notes||Minnesota Kansas State|
|Social Media||@GopherBaseball | Facebook|
Minnesota returns to road competition for the first time since Feb. 15-17 as it competed against UCLA. The Golden Gophers held a 17-game homestand from Feb. 22-March 17 and went 11-6 in that span. Minnesota held the school’s longest 25-game homestand and 39 home games last year.
The Minnesota/Kansas State series will be televised live on FSN Plus and FSN this week. Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. game will be shown on FSN Plus, while Wednesday’s 3 p.m. game will be televised live on FSN.
Minnesota dropped two of three against Indiana State this past weekend. In a pitcher’s duel between two left-handed pitchers in Minnesota’s Tom Windle and Indiana State’s Sean Manaea. Despite outhitting the Sycamores, 6-4, Indiana State won the contest, 2-1. Both pitchers held complete games as both pitched over the 100-pitch count. On Saturday, Ben Meyer also pitched a complete game when he struck out a career-high 11 batters in a 3-0 shutout win. Offensively, Minnesota was led by Ryan Abrahamson when he went 2-3 with a run scored, while Mark Tatera was also 2-3 with a run scored and a run batted in. Matt Halloran and Andy Henkemeyer each had a RBI. Although Minnesota had a 3-0 lead, the Sycamores used a six-run inning to win, 9-4 over the Gophers in the Sunday matinee. Andy Henkemeyer was 2-5 with a run and a RBI, while Matt Halloran had two doubles and a RBI and Michael Handel was 2-4.
Kansas State enters the Minnesota series with a 12-7 record and are 9-4 on its home field. The Wildcats are coming off a three-game series win against West Virginia last weekend by scores of a 13-2 loss, followed by a 6-5 and 4-3 one-run wins. Like Minnesota, Kansas State is in the midst of a 19-game homestand as the Minnesota series is the 14th and 15th straight home game. The Wildcats, as a team, are batting .313 and have produced 122 runs. Leading the offensive charge for K State is Shane Conlon, who is batting .403 this season in 19 games. He and Austin Fisher have both driven in 13 RBI, while Jon Davis has 11. Davis also leads the team with four of the Wildcats’ 11 already this season. Tuesday’s right-handed starters is Jake Doller. In two starts and four appearances, Doller holds just a 0.64 ERA and a 2-0 record. In 11.1 innings pitched, Doller has allowed three earned runs and has struck out seven. Another RHP will take Blake McFadden will take the mound on Wednesday. Holding a 1-1 record, McFadden has a 2.38 ERA, struck out 10 in 10.0 innings pitched.
Minnesota and Kansas State met up at the H.H.H. Metrodome, March 13-14 as the Wildcats were victorious in both games. Kansas State used a six-run fourth inning to win, 9-5 the first game. DJ Snelten picked up his first loss of the season when he surrendered five runs The Wildcats followed with a 4-1 lead by the third inning to win, 8-4 the second game.
Minnesota will play its second-straight Big 12 opponent as the Texas Longhorns come to town, March 22-24 at the H.H.H. Metrodome. The Gophers will face the Longhorns at 6:35 p.m. March 22nd, 2:05 p.m. March 23rd and 1:05 p.m. in the Sunday March 24th tilt.
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