Gophers Open Big Ten Conference Season Against Michigan

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Senior Andy Henkemeyer

Go Gophers!
Senior Andy Henkemeyer
Go Gophers!
 Minnesota (15-11) at Michigan (10-12)
 Date/Time  March 29-31, 3:05 pm ET Fri., 1:05 p.m. Sat/Sun
 Probable Pitchers
Tom Windle (LHP) vs. Logan McAnallen (LHP)
Ben Meyer (RHP) vs. Evan Hill (LHP)
Alec Crawford (RHP) vs. Trent Szkutnik (LHP)
 Location  Ann Arbor, Mich.
 Live Video  Gopher All-Access (Sunday only)
 Free Audio  Gophersports.com
 Live Stats  Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
 Live Blog  Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Game Notes Minnesota Michigan
 Social Media  @GopherBaseball | Facebook

March 29, 2013

GOPHERS OPEN BIG TEN SEASON AGAINST MICHIGAN
For the second-straight year, Minnesota and Michigan will open the Big Ten Conference season against each other. Last year, the Golden Gophers swept the Wolverines at the H.H.H. Metrodome. The Gophers won the first game, 6-3, followed by a 9-4 win that Saturday. On April 1, 2012, Matt Halloranhit a walkoff home run in the bottom of the 10th to help Minnesota to a series sweep and a 4-3 win.

GAME TIME CHANGES
Friday's game that was originally scheduled for 6:35 p.m., is now at 3:05 p.m. ET. The Gophers and Wolverines play at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday.

GOPHERS IN THE BIG TEN OPENER
Over the course of the last 11 years, Minnesota is 8-3 in Big Ten openers and 15-6 in the 21-year span. In the last 11 years, the Gophers have opened up the conference season against Michigan (2012, 2005 and 2004), Purdue (2011, 2010), Indiana (2009, 2008), Penn State (2007, 2006) and Michigan State (2003, 2002). In the last 21 years, the Gophers have also faced the Wolverines in 2000 (8-0) and 1993. During that span and the previous five series, the Gophers are 16-1.

ALL-TIME SERIES
Minnesota holds a 97-86 all-time record against Michigan, including a three-game sweep over the Wolverines, March 2012 at the Dome.  The Gophers visited Ann Arbor, Mich., May 6-8, 2012 and came away with 4-1, 11-10 and 6-2 wins.

GOPHERS CLOSE DOWN METRODOME WITH WIN OVER SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Minnesota defeated the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 5-1, in the final scheduled game at the H.H.H. Metrodome on March 27, 2013. With the venue closing victory, the Gophers advance to 15-11 in the season. Ty McDevitt started the game and earned the win as he improved to 2-0 this season. In four innings pitched, he ended the night with five total strikeouts, surrendered just one hit and walked one in the 14 batters he faced. Kolton Emery suffered the loss when he went 3.1 innings, scattered five hits, allowed three runs and struck out one. The Gopher pitching corps as a whole allowed just three walks, four hits and struck out seven. Andy Henkemeyer led the offensive charge when he went 3-4, had two runs batted in and scored a run. Ryan Abrahamson was 2-3 with two runs scored, while Matt Halloran had two RBI and was 1-3 with a run scored.

ON THE DOCKET
Minnesota is scheduled to play South Dakota State on Wednesday, April 3 in Brookings, S.D. The Gophers then open its newly constructed Siebert Field, April 5-7 against Ohio State. As Minnesota started construction on the field on June 18, 2012, the Gophers are already playing on the new turf. The new field is located on the same site as the previous Siebert Field.

GOPHER BASEBALL SET TO HOST GRAND OPENING, APRIL 2ND
The University of Minnesota baseball program and Golden Gopher athletics is set to hold a grand opening event for the newly constructed Siebert Field, Tuesday, April 2 at 12:15 p.m. The event is open to the public and media members. The first game scheduled for Siebert Field is Friday, April 5 against Ohio State at 3 p.m. (limited tickets still available). Guest speakers include University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler, athletics director Norwood Teague, Golden Gopher alum Paul Molitor, head baseball coach John Anderson and student-athlete representative Kurt Schlangen. Following the guest speakers, a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place to signify a new beginning in Gopher baseball. Fans are also welcome to tour the facility at this time. All guests are welcome to stay as Gopher baseball will hold a practice on the field at 3 p.m.

ABOUT THE WOLVERINES
Michigan enters the Big Ten Conference season with a 10-12 record and are 1-3 on their home field. Like Minnesota, the Wolverines also played on Wednesday, March 27 and fell, 7-3, to Western Michigan. Under first-year head coach Erik Bakich, Michigan holds a .285 team batting average. Patrick Biondi leads the offensive charge with a .393 batting average with 24 hits, 17 runs and 27 total bases in 61 at bats. Michael O'Neill has started in all 22 games and is hitting .388 with a team-high 38 hits and 20 runs scored. Jacob Cronenworth and Travis Maezes lead the team with 18 RBI. The Wolverines are scheduled to start three left-handed pitchers in Logan McAnallen (Friday), Evan Hill (Saturday) and Trent Szkutnik (Sunday). McAnallen holds a 3.70 ERA in 24.1 innings pitched and has made nine appearances. Hill holds the best ERA (2.21) in 36.2 innings pitched, 21 strikeouts, nine earned runs and 12 walks. Szkutnik has made seven appearances and four starts in 27.1 innings pitched.

DID YOU KNOW?
Tom Windle has pitched three-straight complete games this season. The junior LHP has as many complete games as the entire team did last year, in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007. Former Gopher and current Minnesota Twin Cole DeVries had three in 2006. Gopher alum and current Minnesota Twin Glen Perkins had six complete games in 2004 and seven in 2003.