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    3rd straight conference loss after starting out the B1G season on a roll. Frustrating and disappointing loss that were similar to the 2 in Indiana. Gophers didn't have much luck tonight lots of hard hit balls right at Nebraska players, 4-5 balls that looked like they were gonna be gone die at the wall for outs, and every close strike/ball call seemed to go Nebraska's way. Nebraska kind of stole a run in the 1st with a lead off single from Meyers who had 4 of Nebraska's 8 hits followed by the runner stealing 2nd and 3rd with a strikeout in between there and then a sac fly to score the run. Gophers answered in the 2nd scoring a run on a leadoff double followed by a couple groundouts. The Gophers took the lead in the 4th with a single from Ben Mezzenga followed by an absolute shot by Terrin Vavra for a 2 run homerun. I really thought that was all the Gophers would need with the way Lucas Gilbreath was pitching but after a strikeout started the inning Nebraska got a double in the 5th followed by a walk where Gilbreath had the batter 0-2 and looked to strike him out a couple times and a 2-2 hit by pitch. Nebraska would get a single to score 2 as the 2nd runner was called safe on a very close play at the plate. Things stayed the same until the 8th when Nebraska got a leadoff single again by Meyers followed by a sac bunt and error on the throw to set up 1st and 3rd and nobody out. Tyler Hanson got a popup for the 1st out and then the Gophers went to Brian Glowicki. Glowicki got a groundball just out of the reach of Vavra so it was a run scoring single instead of a double play. Nebraska would get another single to score another run before Glowicki got out of the inning. Lucas Gilbreath went 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 3 hits walking 2 and striking out 7. Tyler Hanson went 1.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits while striking out 2. Brian Glowicki went 2/3 of an inning and gave up 2 hits while striking out 1. Tim Shannon went 1 inning and gave up a hit. Offensively Terrin Vavra had 2 hits one of them being the homerun. Ben Mezzenga came in for Alex Boxwell after his 1st at bat so thinking Boxwell tweaked something again. Mezzenga was 2-3 with a ground ruled double that would have been a triple easy if it stayed in play. Gophers need to stop the skid tomorrow and find a way to take this very important series with wins Saturday and Sunday.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldy Gopher View Post
    3rd straight conference loss after starting out the B1G season on a roll. Frustrating and disappointing loss that were similar to the 2 in Indiana. Gophers didn't have much luck tonight lots of hard hit balls right at Nebraska players, 4-5 balls that looked like they were gonna be gone die at the wall for outs, and every close strike/ball call seemed to go Nebraska's way. Nebraska kind of stole a run in the 1st with a lead off single from Meyers who had 4 of Nebraska's 8 hits followed by the runner stealing 2nd and 3rd with a strikeout in between there and then a sac fly to score the run. Gophers answered in the 2nd scoring a run on a leadoff double followed by a couple groundouts. The Gophers took the lead in the 4th with a single from Ben Mezzenga followed by an absolute shot by Terrin Vavra for a 2 run homerun. I really thought that was all the Gophers would need with the way Lucas Gilbreath was pitching but after a strikeout started the inning Nebraska got a double in the 5th followed by a walk where Gilbreath had the batter 0-2 and looked to strike him out a couple times and a 2-2 hit by pitch. Nebraska would get a single to score 2 as the 2nd runner was called safe on a very close play at the plate. Things stayed the same until the 8th when Nebraska got a leadoff single again by Meyers followed by a sac bunt and error on the throw to set up 1st and 3rd and nobody out. Tyler Hanson got a popup for the 1st out and then the Gophers went to Brian Glowicki. Glowicki got a groundball just out of the reach of Vavra so it was a run scoring single instead of a double play. Nebraska would get another single to score another run before Glowicki got out of the inning. Lucas Gilbreath went 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 3 hits walking 2 and striking out 7. Tyler Hanson went 1.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits while striking out 2. Brian Glowicki went 2/3 of an inning and gave up 2 hits while striking out 1. Tim Shannon went 1 inning and gave up a hit. Offensively Terrin Vavra had 2 hits one of them being the homerun. Ben Mezzenga came in for Alex Boxwell after his 1st at bat so thinking Boxwell tweaked something again. Mezzenga was 2-3 with a ground ruled double that would have been a triple easy if it stayed in play. Gophers need to stop the skid tomorrow and find a way to take this very important series with wins Saturday and Sunday.
    Thanks for the update. The Rutgers cancellation may really screw them. The one series I hoped we would sweep was this one. Nebraska has poached some good players from here and I want to be able to give my brother, who has two degrees from Lincoln, some grief. My Beavs smacked them around in the Surprise tourney.
    Probably going today. How was the crowd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beavergopher View Post
    Thanks for the update. The Rutgers cancellation may really screw them. The one series I hoped we would sweep was this one. Nebraska has poached some good players from here and I want to be able to give my brother, who has two degrees from Lincoln, some grief. My Beavs smacked them around in the Surprise tourney.
    Probably going today. How was the crowd?
    Thought I heard them announce as 1,100 and change. Lots of people over at the softball game too kind of think that splits some of the fans would like to see the game times spaced out a little better so fans could see all of both games if they wanted to.

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    Solid win over Nebraska today, 5-3. Would be nice to take the series and keep up with Maryland in the loss column.
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    Gophers bounce back with a pretty solid performance. Minnesota scored first in the 1st as Jordan Kozicky had a leadoff single to left followed by a bunt single from Terrin Vavra and then a 1 out single up the middle from Toby Hanson after Micah Coffey struck out. The Gophers would have a chance for more in the 1st as they loaded the bases with 2 outs but Cole McDevitt struck out as he was called out on a 3-2 pitch that I thought was low. Nebraska answered in the 2nd with a 2 out solo homerun. The Gophers scored 2 runs in the 2nd as Luke Pettersen singled, Ben Mezzenga had a bunt single, and Kozicky walked to set up bases loaded and nobody out. Vavra hit a sac fly and Coffey drove in another run with a groundout. Nebraska again answered in the 3rd and again with 2 outs as they got a single and advanced to 2nd on a balk and followed by another singled to score the run before the inning ended. The Gophers would get 2 more in the bottom of the 3rd as Matt Stemper walked on 4 pitches and Nebraska would change pitchers and Jordan Smith would greet him with a 2 run homerun. Nebraska would get their last run of the game in the 4th and again it came after their first 2 batters were retired. A hit by pitch, a walk, and a single led to the run. Brett Schulze went the first 4 innings and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 4. Reggie Meyer was really solid in relief going 3.2 innings allowing 0 runs on just 2 hits, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts. Nick Lackney came in to finish the 8th and stranded the runner at 2nd after allowing a walk he struck out the pinch hitter with the tying runs on 2nd and 3rd. Brian Glowicki finished it out again with a fly out, a walk, and 2 strike outs in the 9th. All but 2 players had hits for the Gophers and were led by Jordan Smith and Luke Pettersen with multiple hits and the big blow being the 2 run homerun from Smith. Vavra, Coffey, and Hanson each also drove in runs. Big win for the Gophers today and sets up a really big one tomorrow need to win the series.


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    Gophers record this year is above my expectations, but I think in the end, it's our starting pitching that will nip us in the butt. So far your four man pitching rotation (counting mid-week starts) era's are around 2.5, 5, 7 and 4.5. These Era's for starting pitchers are too high. Instead of switching pitchers, I think Anderson is going with the idea that the starting pitchers will get better, so do not change anything. Maybe no one else would be better as a starter or Anderson does not want to take away from the relief pitching. While I think it may be time for a change or two. I hope whatever route Anderson takes, we go 38-12 this year.
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    Losing to the Huskers is getting very old. The Huskers have dominated the Gophers since joining the B1G. I believe this makes it 13-3 in the Huskers favor. To add a little salt in the wound, 3 Minnesota kids had good weekends against the Gophers. Roskim, Altavilla and Paulkert all contributed to their series win.

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    It looked like things would start well for the Gophers as Toby Anderson had a quick 1st inning with a strikeout, a single, and then a double play and Jordan Kozicky led the Gophers off with a double but things changed pretty quick. The Gophers didn't score Kozicky as 2 fly outs to left and center and a groundout followed. Nebraska took advantage of Toby Anderson struggling to hit spots as they started the 2nd with single, single, double, walk, single, before the Gophers finally got a double play and fly out to end the inning but not before Nebraska took a 3-0 lead. Nebraska struck for 2 more in the 4th with a 2 run homerun after the Gophers went 1,2,3 with the bats in the 2nd and 3rd. The Gophers showed some life in the 4th getting back to back singles by Terrin Vavra and Micah Coffey followed by a 3 run homerun from Toby Hanson and a solo homerun for Matt Stemper and a single from Jordan Smith so it was 5-4 with a runner on 1st and nobody out but Nebraska got out of the inning without any more damage. Tyler Hanson came in to pitch in the 5th for the Gophers and had a 1,2,3 inning. With 2 outs in the 5th Vavra and Coffey again hit back to back singles and Toby Hanson looked to do more damage but just got under a good pitch to hit so instead of a 3 run homerun it was a flyball caught at the warning track. Tyler Hanson got out of a bit of trouble in the 6th and didn't allow any runs to Nebraska. The Gophers looked like they would at least tie the game in the 6th as they got a leadoff single from Stemper followed by another single from Jordan Smith setting up 1st and 2nd with nobody out. Freshman Eli Wilson was called upon to bunt but couldn't get it down twice and then with 2 strikes hit into a 4-6-3 double play and Troy Traxler followed that with a strikeout to end the 6th. Nebraska had a couple hits and a mental mistake from the Gophers to setup bases loaded nobody out in the 7th. The Gophers brought in Nick Lackney and he got the 1st batter to strike out but the 3rd strike was a wild pitch to score a run. Following a intentional walk Lackney induced a popup to 3rd and flyout to center to allow just the 1 run. Tim Shannon pitched a perfect 8th and the Gophers had a threat in the bottom of the 8th as following a close out call at 1st Hanson singled and Stemper was hit by a pitch. Nebraska brought in a new pitcher and Smith absolutely drilled a line drive but it was right at the centerfielder for out 2 and a strikeout ended the threat. Couple defensive mistakes led to a few runs for Nebraska in the 9th with 1 out a ball was hit between Coffey and Vavra and Coffey tried to cut it off but it got by him and when he did that Vavra must've lost the ball and it got through him too. Would've been 2nd out and could see it was just a lack of communication and part of it might've been it has been a while since Coffey played in the field. Another 2 Nebraska runs came on a wild throw from Vavra over Hanson's head. Looking ahead Gophers have some very winnable games down the stretch and need to build another nice win streak and that starts at Northern Illinois Tuesday. Gophers sat around 56 in the RPI coming into todays game and I'd guess todays loss will drop them to somewhere around 65. Games coming up with teams that really probably won't help you much in the RPI even with wins but will definitely hurt you with losses. @Northern Illinois(248), 3 with Illinois(173), 2 with Georgia State(218), @Penn State(201), 3 with Long Beach State(18), and 3 with Purdue(110).

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    I know it's a broken record but Anderson needs to shake up the starting pitching rotation. Your number 2 and 3 starters are at the bottom of your team's pitchers ERA. We just can't seem to get a lot of innings of work and seem to give up a run an inning in those two spots. I'd start Gilbreath, Meyer, and Lackney. Schulze has a great future and Anderson pitched very well last year, but this year I think it's time for a change.

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    Hadn't seen this before but that would be pretty weak of Rutgers. B1G should've stepped in and done their job and told Rutgers play them or forfeit them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golden04 View Post
    I know it's a broken record but Anderson needs to shake up the starting pitching rotation. Your number 2 and 3 starters are at the bottom of your team's pitchers ERA. We just can't seem to get a lot of innings of work and seem to give up a run an inning in those two spots. I'd start Gilbreath, Meyer, and Lackney. Schulze has a great future and Anderson pitched very well last year, but this year I think it's time for a change.
    I think it may be time too. With the way Meyer has pitched out of the bullpen and in midweek starts combined with the way Schulze and Anderson have struggled it is probably time to give Meyer a weekend start and see what he does with it. I like Lackney but I'd be pretty nervous to start him just because of the lack of control at times. I'd probably go with Gilbreath, Schulze, and Meyer this weekend and use Anderson out of the bullpen this weekend to see if you can build some confidence back with him and if he pitches fine let him start 1 of the 2 midweek games with Georgia State the next week. The thing with Schulze and Anderson is they both have moments where they look like they're in complete control and command during the game and then it just goes. Schulze was great yesterday until he got to 2 outs and then he would struggle to get the 3rd out. Anderson faced just 3 batters in both the 1st and 3rd innings today and looked to have very good command but in the 2nd and 4th he couldn't hit any of his spots and left pretty much everything middle.

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