Gopher Baseball Hits the Road for Final Regular Season Trip
Junior Tom Windle

May 2, 2013

 Minnesota (26-14, 9-3 BT) at Penn State (11-28, 2-13 BT)
 Date/Time  Fri-Sun., May 3-5, 2013, 5:05 p.m./1:05/12:05 CT
 Probable Pitchers
Tom Windle (LHP) vs. T.J. Jann
Alec Crawford (RHP vs. Steven Hill
DJ Snelten (LHP) vs. Greg Walsh
 Location  State College, Pa.
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In the month of April, Minnesota has held a 9-2 record. In fact, since the end of March, the Gophers have won 12 of their last 13 games. Winning two of three against the likes of both Michigan and Ohio State, Minnesota swept Northwestern on the road and finished with a series win against Iowa. In the month of April, Minnesota has held a team earned run average of 2.62 in 99.2 innings pitched. In that span, the Gopher pitchers have struck out 88 batters, while the Gopher defense has turned eight double plays. Offensively, Connor Schaefbauer has batted .389, while Andy Henkemeyer sits at .340.

Big Ten Network will broadcast the May 16 Golden Gophers against Illinois. The game will be televised live from Siebert Field at 3:05 p.m. The contest marks the third Golden Gopher game that has been televised on BTN and the fifth Gopher game this season as both games at Kansas State were on Fox.

Gophers’ Tom Windle was one of 60 players named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, announced by USA Baseball. The watch list drops down to 30 semifinalists on May 28th and the winner goes to the top amateur baseball player in Division I. Windle is just one of two players named from the Big Ten as he and Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber were named to the list.

Minnesota pitchers lead some statistical categories within Big Ten play. DJ Snelten leads the Big Ten in opposing batting average has he’s held his league opponents to a .184 batting average, while Tom Windle sits third at .188 and Alec Crawford is eighth at .224. The Gophers are the only weekend starting rotation to have all three listed in that category. Snelten holds a .175 ERA in league competition, while Crawford is at 2.11. Due to the shortened start against Ohio State and the lost start against Michigan State, Tom Windle still ranks second in the league in strikeouts (33), five behind Northwestern’s Luke Farrell.

Minnesota hosts for the remainder of the regular season as it hosts Milwaukee on May 8, followed by Nebraska and Illinois the final two weekends. The Golden Gophers play Milwaukee at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday. The Nebraska series will begin at 3:05 p.m. Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

The Gophers hold an all-time record of 38-25 against Penn State dating back to when PSU entered the Big Ten Conference in 1992. Minnesota fell in two of three games to the Nittany Lions last year at the Metrodome and Target Field.

Penn State enters the series with an 11-28 overall record and 2-13 in the Big Ten. PSU played Ohio State last weekend and dropped all three contests, 3-1 on Friday, and played a doubleheader Saturday because of potential weather delays Sunday. The Nittany Lions fell twice, 10-8 and 8-3 in Columbus, Ohio. PSU is batting .260 as a team, led by J.C. Coban. In 35 games played, Coban is batting .298 and leads the team with 21 RBI and 141 at bats. Following him is Luis Montesinos, who is hitting .292. T.J. Jann is Friday’s scheduled starter as he holds a 1-5 record and a 4.11 ERA. Steven Hill is scheduled to hit the mound Saturday. In a team-best 61.2 innings pitched, Hill has a 3.65 ERA and 41 strikeouts. Greg Welsh will start Sunday after he’s pitched 37.1 innings this season and has a 3.62 ERA.

Penn State took two of three games last year with a 4-3, 10-inning win Friday and a 5-1 win Saturday to solidify the series. The Gophers would come back and win in the final game, 8-2, which coincidentally was the Gophers’ senior day. In the first game, PSU’s Joey DeBernardis knocked in the winning run with a one-out double in the top of the 10th for the eventual win and knocked in Steve Snyder, who reached on a walk. On Saturday after a three-hour rain delay, PSU earned a 5-1 win at Target Field. On senior day former Gopher Austin Lubinsky picked up the win, while Dustin Klabunde got the final out as Minnesota won, 8-3. Andy Henkemeyer, Kyle Geason and Matt Puhl all had three hits, while Juan and Handel each had two. In all, Minnesota had seven individuals collect 15 Minnesota hits.




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