Gophers Set for Mid-Week Game against North Dakota State

Go Gophers! Kyle O'Shea and the Gophers travel to NDSU for mid-week battle
Go Gophers!
Kyle O'Shea and the Gophers travel to NDSU for mid-week battle
Go Gophers!

April 25, 2012

Minnesota at North Dakota State
Date Wed., April 25, 2012
Time 6:30 p.m.
Location Fargo, N.D., Newman Outdoor Field
Audio GopherSports.com (Listen Online)

PROBABLE STARTERS
NDSU: Anthony Kliniske (Sr., RHP), MN: Jordan Jess (Fr., RHP)

NORTH DAKOTA STATE notes
• Minnesota dropped the first two games earlier this season at the Metrodome, March 20-21. Minnesota split its competition last year, with each team winning at its own facility.  
• The Gophers will look for their first win against the Bison on their home field since 2010. Minnesota earned an 11-6 win. The Gophers are 4-3 on their facility, the Newman Outdoor Field.
• Minnesota is 1-3 against Summit League opponents this season, coming with a 9-6 win over South Dakota State, while dropping a contest to the Jackrabbits, 3-1 in Brookings, S.D. The Gophers also fell twice to NDSU earlier this season. Minnesota also defeated Nebraska-Omaha twice last week, a team that will enter the Summit League next season.

ON THE DOCKET
The Gophers return home to host Iowa, April 27-29 at the Metrodome. Minnesota and the Hawkeyes will play at 6:35 p.m., Friday, 2:05 p.m., Saturday and 3:05 p.m., Sunday. The Sunday game is live on the Big Ten Network.

NCAA STATISTICS
The Gopher pitchers continue to prove their worth not only in the Big Ten, but nationally. As a team, Minnesota ranks 13th nationally with the lowest ERA. Minnesota as a unit, also ranks 20th in the country for lowest hits allowed in a nine inning game. With 381.3, the Gophers have allowed just 338 hits.
TJ Oakes continues to holding the opposing teams to minimal runs. On the season, he holds a Big Ten Conference best 1.54 ERA. His ERA currently ranks 16th in the nation. Of the 16 with lower ERAs, nine have pitched over 50 innings this season. Oakes has seen action in 70.3 innings pitched.

DID YOU KNOW?
Sophomore left-handed pitcher DJ Snelten pitched a nine-inning complete game against Michigan State last Saturday (4/21). In his outing, Snelten pitched 9.0 innings, allowed two runs and seven hits. The last time a Gopher had a nine-inning complete game was Tom Buske against Purdue, 2009.  

GOPHERS IN THE LAST FIVE GAMES
Minnesota has had some hot hitters in the last five games. Andy Henkemeyer has reached base 11 times in 20 at bats and had nine hits and a batting average of .450. Matt Halloran has hit .353 with 17 at bats and six hits, while Kyl Geason has batted .294 with five hits and six total bases. Although he’s batted .158, Dan Olinger has knocked in four RBI.

SCOUTING THE BISON
North Dakota State enters the mid-week contest with a 29-9 overall record and are 7-1 at home. The Bison rank 10t h in the NCAA in winning percentage at .763. and fifth in triples (22). The Bison also held a 16-game win streak from  March 10-April 7. Leading the Bison offensively is the Colwell brothers, Nick and Tim. Nick Colwell leads the team with a .394 batting average, 61 hits and 14 RBI. Tim ranks second on the team in batting average at .381, leads the team with nine triples and 42 runs. Zach Wentz bats .364 and a team-best 35 RBI. Three other players have above a .300 batting average in Nick Anderson (.328), Max Casper (.313) and Wes Satzinger (.306). Anthony Kliniske is projected to start the game. He’s appeared in six games, pitched 7.0 innings and has allowed eight earned runs.

PITCHERS IN RECENT MID-WEEK GAMES
Obviously the Gopher weekend starters have done well this season, but overall the Gopher pitchers have done their part this year. In the last five mid-week games, Minnesota as a team has produced just a 1.64 ERA. Wednesday starter has seen the most action, pitching 11.2 innings in that span and has two wins. Ty McDevitt pitched 8.0 innings in the last five mid-week games, including the start against Nebraska-Omaha and the win in a 1-0 shutout. Billy Soule also has appeared in four of the five games and allowed just two hits in that span.