|Minnesota vs The Citadel|
|Date||Fri-Sun, March 23-25, 2012|
|Time||6:35 p.m.(Fri.), 2:05 p.m. (Sat.), 12 p.m. (Sun.)|
|Audio||GopherSports.com (Listen Online)|
March 23, 2012
PROJECTED PITCHING MATCH-UP
C: Austin Pritcher (Jr., RHP) vs MN: TJ Oakes (Jr., RHP)
C: Bryce Hines (So., RHP) vs MN: DJ Snelten (So., LHP)
C: Logan Cribb (So., LHP) vs Austin Lubinsky (Sr., RHP)
GAME TIME CHANGE FOR SUNDAY’S GAME
Due to flight arrangements, the Sunday game against The Citadel will be moved up an hour from its original schedule. Minnesota and The Citadel will now play at noon Sunday instead of the original 1:05 p.m. first pitch. The three-game series against the Bulldogs will now have a schedule of 6:35 p.m. Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday and the changed noon start on Sunday. All games will be played at the H.H.H. Metrodome.
THE CITADEL NOTES
• This is Minnesota’s first match-up against Citadel since Feb. 24, 2007 when they defeated the Bulldogs 6-3 in the Homewood Suites Shootout.
• This is only the second time Minnesota has faced up against Citadel in school history.
• The Citadel is Minnesota’s only opponent in the Southern Conference this season. Other teams include: Appalachian State (6-0), College of Charleston (7-2), Elon (6-3), Samford (4-2), Western Carolina (2-1), UNCG (2-4), Georgia Southern (2-4), Davidson (2-4), Furman (1-5), Wofford (0-3).
• John Anderson is in his 31st year as the Golden Gopher head coach and 34th year overall at the University of Minnesota. Anderson is coaching his 1,818-20 career games this week. He currently holds an all-time record of 1,072-712-3.
• The Golden Gopher baseball team is in its 124th year as a Minnesota varsity sport.
• Minnesota is 9-13 on the season as it comes off a two game series loss to North Dakota State in the midweek game.
WHERE THEY RANK
Dan Olinger rank high nationally in doubles. Olinger has hit eight doubles this season, ranking in a tie for 37th nationally. The NCAA statistics are compiled weekly and can be found http://www.ncaa.com/stats/baseball/d1
Minnesota has been struck by the injury bug early this season, losing two of its four seniors (Kyle Geason and Trip Schlutz), one of its starting pitchers (Tom Windle) and its starting second basemen (Matt Puhl). Geason and Schlutz has missed action since the Milwaukee series (Feb.), Windle since the Gopher Baseball Classic and Puhl during the Cal Poly series. Due to the injuries, Minnesota has had to have a different batting order in all 22 games this season. Minnesota has had three different third basemen and second basemen and two different first basemen in the lineups.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Citadel holds a record of 9-11 in the overall regular season, currently standing 10th in the Southern Conference at 1-5. Earlier in the week, the Bulldogs got out of a three game losing skid to Appalachian State by defeating Charleston-Southern in a 4-0 shutout. Citadel started off the regular season with a slow start, by earning only one win in their first five games. However, they gained momentum in the middle of the early season with winning four straight games when it split two four-game series against Delaware and Columbia. Currently the Bulldogs have three players hitting over the .300 batting average. Justin Mackert is batting a .367 appearing in all 20 games. He leads the team in runs (19), hits (29), RBI (19), and home-runs (4). Following Mackert is Joe Jackson and Drew DeKerlegand both batting a .302. Jackson this season has 14 runs, two doubles, and 14 RBI. DeKerlegand has 11 runs and five RBI. Right-handed pitcher Austin Pritcher has an ERA of 3.77 with a record of 2-1. Bryce Hines another right-handed pitcher has a record of 1-1 with an ERA of 4.72. Left-handed pitcher Logan Cribb holds an ERA of 3.58 and a record of 1-1.
THE LAST TIME
Minnesota rallied over Citadel, 6-3, in 2007 when the two teams appeared in the Homewood Suites Shootout at Riley Park in Charleston, SC. Minnesota got on the board in the top of the first inning to go up, 3-0. After a home run in the first and an RBI single in the fourth cut the Gophers' lead to 3-2. However, Minnesota answered back with two runs in the top of the sixth to make it 5-2. While Citadel got a run back in the bottom of the sixth with a RBI single, Minnesota took advantage in the top of the seventh to clear it out with a 6-3 win.
Minnesota had 14 hits during the game, including a four-hit effort from Derek McCallum, who was 4-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. Former Gopher Kyle Baran went 2-for-5 with two runs and a pair of doubles. Matt Nohelty finished 2-for-3 with a run and a stolen base, while Nate Hanson homered, reached base twice, and was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBI. Former Gopher pitcher Dustin Brabender pitched five and a third innings, gave up five hits, two earned runs and struck out two batters, as he picked up the win for Minnesota.
Pitching Coach Todd Oakes Passes Away At 55
Minnesota assistant baseball coach Todd Oakes passed away today after a courageous and public battle with leukemia. Oakes, who coached the Minnesota pitching staff, was 55.
Gophers Drop Out of B1G Tournament
Minnesota falls to Michigan 3-2 in an elimination game on Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park
Minnesota Falls in B1G Tournament Opener
Gophers play at 1 p.m. in an elimination game tomorrow afternoon against either Michigan or Ohio State