Minnesota will continues a nine-game homestand this week as it hosts Northwestern in a four-game Big Ten series on May 4-6. Minnesota will face the Wildcats in a single game on Friday, May 4 at 6:35 p.m., in a doubleheader on Saturday, May 5 at 2:05 p.m. and in the series finale on Sunday, May 6 at 1:05 p.m. Northwestern has an 11-30 overall record and sits in 10th place in the Big Ten at 3-17. Minnesota entered the series with 31-8 overall record and is second in the Big Ten at 12-3.
All four games will be webcast on gophersports.com. Friday's game will be shown on video on the Gold Zone. The final three games of the series will be broadcast on KLBB (1220 AM).
The Minnesota baseball program will honor the 30th anniversary of the 1977 College World Series team on Saturday, May 5 in between the first and second games of the doubleheader. The 1977 squad was the last Minnesota team to advance to the College World Series. Hall of Famer Paul Molitor and the late Dan Morgan were both First-Team All-Americans on that team. Morgan went 10-0 that season. There are also ties to the current team as Minnesota Head Coach John Anderson was a student manager on the team, and Mike Mee’s dad Tom Mee was a centerfielder on the team. Minnesota will also honor the late Dick Siebert who was the head coach for the 1977 team, and was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this year. Siebert led Minnesota to three national championships (1956, 1960, 1964), five College World Series trips and 11 Big Ten titles.
Minnesota defeated North Dakota State 10-4 in a midweek game on May 2. It marked the fourth straight game that the Golden Gophers scored in double figures. It was the first time since 1999 that Minnesota has had double-figure run totals in four straight contests. In 1999, the Golden Gophers defeated Bowling Green 12-5 on Mar. 23, and swept Oregon State by scores of 14-6, 16-9 and 11-6. This year, Minnesota won the final three games at Illinois 19-4, 14-5 and 15-6 along with the 10-run output against the Bison.
Minnesota shortstop Dan Lyons belted his seventh homer of the year on May 2 against North Dakota State. The seven home runs are the most by a Golden Gopher shortstop since 1998. That season, Rick Brosseau had the same number. Lyons has homered in two of the last three games and five times since Apr. 14.
RHP Tom Buske LHP Jo Muraski
(2-1, 3.06 ERA, 3 GS) (1-4, 6.85 ERA, 6 GS)
RHP Gary Perinar RHP Cole Livermore
(3-3, 4.30 ERA, 9 GS) (2-7, 6.63 ERA, 3 GS)
LHP Marcus McKenzie LHP Dan Schwartz
(6-0, 5.77 ERA, 7 GS) (3-3, 4.94 ERA, 9 GS)
RHP Dustin Brabender RHP Ryan Myers
(5-1, 4.05 ERA, 9 GS) (2-4, 4.04 ERA, 9 GS)