Saturday Game Suspended in the Eighth
May 10, 2014
Saturday's game between the University of Minnesota (24-20, 10-9 Big Ten) baseball team and the Purdue Boilermakers was suspended due to lightning and rain. The Golden Gophers hold a 3-2 lead over Purdue (12-33, 5-14 Big Ten). The game will resume Sunday at 11 a.m. before the noon series finale. Purdue will have two runners on base with two outs.
Dan Motl has driven in all three of the Gophers' runs so far. He is 2-for-4 with a double. Sean McHugh is 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Minnesota loaded the bases in the first inning thanks to three infield singles. Purdue starter Gavin Downs avoided any damage by inducing a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
The Gophers threatened again in the second, this time capitalizing with a two out rally. Jordan Smith walked and Jake Bergren followed with a looping single to center field. The next batter, Motl, hit a two-run double down the left field line to start the scoring for Minnesota.
Minnesota's bottom of the order struck again in the fourth. Smith slapped an outside fastball to left, then proceeded to steal second on the next pitch. A few pitches later, Bergren singled sharply to center, his second hit of the game. With Bergren running on the pitch, Motl hit an RBI ground ball to second baseman Cody Strong, whose only play was to first.
Matt Gibbs relieved Downs early in the game. Downs' final line was 3 2/3 innings pitched allowing three earned runs on eight hits, with a walk and a strikeout.
Despite allowing four base-runners, Ben Meyer did not allow a hit through four innings. No runner reached third base.
Meyer ran into trouble in the fifth. A Jeff Evak double, Brandon Krieg single, and Cody Strong walk loaded the bases with one out. McHugh sliced a two-RBI single to right to bring the game to 3-2. A Kyle Wood single loaded the bases again, but Meyer got two quick outs to get out of the jam.
Purdue errors in the sixth led to an opportunity for the Gophers. Athmann reached on a slow dribbler to shortstop that went under Krieg's glove. Smith got on base for the third time in the game on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on a throwing error. Purdue
After allowing two runs in the fifth, Meyer rolled through the Purdue lineup, putting down 10 Boilermakers in a row. A walk to Jack Picchiotti and base hit to Snidanko ended Meyer's day after 7 2/3 innings pitched. He allowed just four hits and two earned runs, while walking five and striking out three.
Kevin Kray entered the game in relief of Meyer with runners on first and second. He threw two pitches to Evak before the weather delay began.
Before the game, Minnesota celebrated the 50th anniversary of its third national championship. The 1964 Gophers won the College World Series and finished with a 31-12 record. Members of the team were recognized on the field before the game.