March 27, 2013
|Minnesota (14-11) hosts South Dakota State (10-7)|
|Date/Time||Wednesday, March 27 6:35 p.m.|
| Probable Pitchers
||Ty McDevitt (RHP) vs. Kolton Emery (RHP)|
|Location||Minneapolis | H.H.H. Metrodome|
|Social Media||@GopherBaseball | Facebook|
ABOUT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
South Dakota State enters the Minnesota game with a 10-7 overall record. Having much rest heading into the Minnesota game, the Jackrabbits had their Wednesday, March 20 game cancelled and are seeing their first action since March 16. In a three-game series against Saint Louis, March 15-16, SDSU won two of three games contested. The trip to the Metrodome isn’t the first this year for the Jackrabbits as they competed against Waldorf, Feb. 18 in two games. Andrew Melton has played in all 17 games for the Jackrabbits and holds a .377 batting average. With a team-high 31 total bases, Melton has 10 RBI, six doubles and 23 hits. Aaron Machbitz has a team-best 12 RBI, while Daniel Telford has the best batting average at .444 in 13 games played. Layne Somsen as the most innings pitched for SDSU at 28.2, followed by Stephen Bougher at 27.1. Somsen holds a 0.94 ERA and 30 strikeouts.
Minnesota held competed against Texas and went 1-3 against the Longhorns. On Friday, Tom Windle pitched his third-straight complete game for a 5-1 win. The Gophers, however, would drop a heartbreaker, 5-4 in 10 innings on Saturday and fell, 6-3 Sunday in the series finale. It was the first time Texas had visited Minnesota since the two teams met, dating back to 1924.
Minnesota sophomore pitcher Ty McDevitt will be on the bump against South Dakota State. The right-handed pitcher last started against Kansas State last week and pitched four innings. He scattered three hits, allowed one earned run and walked four. On the season, McDevitt has pitched in seven games and has two starts. Holding a 2.12 ERA, McDevitt has struck out 14 batters in 17 innings.
ON THE DOCKET
Minnesota opens the Big Ten Conference season, March 29-31 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The times have changed on the schedule to 2:05 p.m. CT on Friday, 1:05 p.m. (CT) Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
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