Gopher Baseball Travels To Northwestern For Big Ten Series
Senior RHP Billy Soule

April 11, 2013

 Minnesota (19-13, 4-2 BT) at Northwestern (14-10, 4-5 BT)
 Date/Time  April 12-14, 3:05 p.m. (Fri), 1:05 p.m. (Sat/Sun)
 Probable Pitchers
Tom Windle (LHP) vs. Zach Morton (RHP)
Alec Crawford (RHP) vs. Luke Farrell (RHP)
DJ Snelten (LHP) vs. Brandon Magallones (RHP)
 Location  Evanston, Ill.
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Minnesota holds a 156-73 all-time mark against Northwestern dating all the way back to 1893. The Golden Gophers won the series last year against the Wildcats when  they swept them, April 13-15, 2012, at the Metrodome. Minnesota won by a pair of 2-1 games and finalized the sweep with a 6-0 win on April 15.

Minnesota is scheduled to compete against Augsburg College, April 16 at 3 p.m. The Gophers are then scheduled to host Michigan State, April 19-21 at Siebert Field. The series against the Spartans is set for a 3:05 p.m. start Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday start and 1:05 p.m. start on Sunday.

Head coach John Anderson is 4-2 this year in conference play and sits at 497 Big Ten career wins. The all-time winningest Big Ten coach, Anderson sits at 497-293 within conference play. Former Ohio State head coach Bob Todd had 413 Big Ten career wins, while former legendary Gopher coach Dick Siebert, had 295. Anderson, who also holds 1,111 career wins, established the 1,100 mark this year against Western Illinois.

Like the rest of the conference, Minnesota has had its fair share of postponements and schedule changes. Due to a potential rain out, Minnesota played a doubleheader against Michigan on March 30 and cancelled the Sunday competition. Minnesota and Ohio State played two suspended games at Siebert Field that went into the next day of competition. The Gophers also had three midweek games compromised because of weather at South Dakota State (4/3), home against Winona State (4/9) and St. John's (4/10). The SJU game had to be postponed due to conference make-up games for the Johnnies.

Junior left-handed pitcher DJ Snelten was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, announced Monday by the conference office. It's the first weekly career honor for Snelten and Minnesota's fifth Pitcher of the Week accolade this year. Snelten earned his second win of the season when he threw an 86-pitch complete game one-hitter. Going the full nine innings, Snelten and the Gophers finished the game in an hour 37 minutes. In that span, Snelten allowed just one infield hit, struck out a career-high seven batters and walked just one for Minnesota's sixth complete game of the year. It marked the second complete game of his career, with the first coming during his sophomore campaign. Along with his pitching prowess, Snelten also fielded his position when he assisted on six 1-3 putouts.

The University of Minnesota took two of three games against the Buckeyes last weekend to open the new Siebert Field. The Gophers and Buckeyes went through two suspended games Friday and Saturday and completed their first full game on Sunday. The Gophers opened new Siebert Field with a 7-0 win. Starting at 3:10 p.m., on Friday, and up  3-0 before play was suspended in the top of the sixth due to snow. On Saturday, Minnesota completed the shutout and the 7-0 win. Minnesota then fell to OSU, 5-2, as the Buckeyes went up 5-1 after three innings before play was called again. The two teams resumed play at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. As the Gophers scored one more run, the Buckeyes held on for the win. On Sunday, Minnesota used a complete game, one-hit shutout and a home run by Tony Skjefte to earn a 1-0 win. The game marked the fastest game of the season, set at 1 hour, 37 minutes.

Minnesota sits high in the national standings in a few pitching categories. The Gopher pitching corps holds a team earned run average of 2.86. That mark sits third in the Big Ten (Indiana at 2.34 and Ohio State at 2.51) and 28th nationally. Individually, Tom Windle ranks 36th nationally with a 1.31 ERA.

Northwestern enters the weekend with a 14-10 overall record and a 4-5 mark within Big Ten play. At home, the Wildcats boasts a 4-1 record with their last home win against UIC and St. Francis (Ill.). Northwestern opened play at Nebraska and fell in three games, including 16-inning marathon the first night. The Wildcats then won the Purdue series in West Lafayette, Ind., by scores of 13-4 (L), 10-6 (W) and 13-4 (W). As a team, the Wildcats hold a .303 batting average. Of the regular starters, Zach Morton leads the team with a .324 batting average and 24 starts. Also a pitcher, Morton is scheduled to pitch on Friday. He holds a 1.64 ERA in eight appearances, 44.0 innings pitched and has 26 strikeouts. Jack Harvey leads the team with 13 RBI, while Kyle Ruchim leads the team with 33 hits. Trevor Stevens has a team-best 24 runs scored. Set to start on Saturday is senior RHP Luke Farrell. In six starts, Farrell holds a 2.45 ERA, a team-best 47 strikeouts in just 40 innings pitched. Brandon Magallones, another RHP, is set to start on Sunday. He enters the weekend with seven starts, 43.2 innings pitched and a 3.71 ERA.




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