Gophers pick up 11th win in a row with a 6-1 win. Toby Hanson had 4 hits and 3 RBIs including a 2 run homer that was a absolute blast. Cole McDevitt also had a good night at the plate with 3 hits. Gophers used 8 different pitchers Burchill, Meyer, Lackney, Hanson, Rose, Shannon, Stevenson, and Glowicki who finished the game by striking out the side in the 9th.
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Friday, April 14
#93 Purdue @ #94 Rutgers, 2
#149 Ohio State @ #55 Michigan State, 2:05
#17 Oklahoma @ #35 Michigan, 3
#49 Minnesota @ #37 Indiana, 5:05
#186 Penn State @ #30 Maryland, 5:30
#89 Iowa @ #36 Nebraska, 6:35
#261 Northwestern @ #148 Illinois, 7 (BTN)
Saturday, April 15
Purdue @ Rutgers, 12
Ohio State @ Michigan State, 12:05
Penn State @ Maryland, 1
Oklahoma @ Michigan, 1
Minnesota @ Indiana, 1:05
Northwestern @ Illinois, 3
Iowa @ Nebraska, 6:05
Sunday, April 16
Penn State @ Maryland, 12
Purdue @ Rutgers, 12
Minnesota @ Indiana, 12:05
Ohio State @ Michigan State, 12:05
Northwestern @ Illinois, 1
Iowa @ Nebraska, 2:05 (BTN)
#s are RPI through games played April 12.
Current B1G Tournament Seed
#1 Minnesota (6-0)
#2 Nebraska (4-1-1)
#3 Maryland (6-3)
#4 Michigan (6-3)
#5 Purdue (5-4)
#6 Indiana (4-4-1)
#7 Iowa (3-3)
#8 Michigan State (3-3)
#9 Ohio State (3-6)
#10 Northwestern (2-4)
#11 Illinois (1-5)
#12 Penn State (1-5)
#13 Rutgers (0-3)
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Alex Boxwell returned to the lineup and started the game with the homerun and that was a sign of things to come as the Gophers would pound out 20 hits. Boxwell, Terrin Vavra, and Matt Stemper all hit homeruns. Vavra and Stemper both finished a triple short of the cycle while Toby Hanson was a homerun short of the cycle. Every Gopher starter had at least 1 hit and Stemper had 5 RBIs while Micah Coffey and Vavra each had 2. Lucas Gilbreath was very good on the mound again 7.2 scoreless innings allowing only 2 hits while walking 1, hitting 4 batters, and striking out 8. Reggie Meyer finished the final 1.1 innings on the mound striking out 1 and giving up nothing.
23 runs combined in last 2 games but only 1-1? Never good. But I still like first place...
"My life has become a single, ongoing revelation that I haven't been cynical enough." - Chrisjen Avasarala
Gophers struggled on the mound today and 1 big inning cost them. Leading 8-4 going to the bottom of the 5th the Gophers gave up 9 runs. Nick Lackney had recorded the previous 4 outs including 3 strikeouts but did not record a out in the 5th and gave up 2 runs before exiting with the bases loaded. Tim Shannon came in and hit the first batter to give up a run and then the big blow of a grand slam followed. Shannon would eventually get out of the 5th inning but not before another 2 run homerun for Indiana to make the score 13-8. The Gophers would chip away and had chances to tie the game again and even take back the lead in the 7th and 8th. Luke Pettersen grounded out sharply to end the 7th with the tying run on 3rd and go ahead run on 2nd. Micah Coffey came up in the 8th with runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out but hit a grounder right up the middle which turned into a double play. Homeruns for Boxwell(to start the game again, Kozicky(1st career), and Stemper. 5/5 day for Kozicky and 3 hits each for Coffey and Stemper. Gophers need a good start from SR Toby Anderson tomorrow and the offense needs to just stay solid to get back on track and win another series.
Frustrating day for the Gophers especially at the plate. Only had 4 hits but had 4-5 balls caught at the wall, 4-5 line drives right at a Indiana player, couple liners just foul, a couple close calls at 1st that went against the Gophers that looked to be wrong, and should have had a lead off double but the ump incorrectly called the ball foul. The Gophers also walked 5 times although it probably should've been more as Gopher hitters were constantly frustrated by the bad and inconsistent zone from the home plate ump when they were at the plate. Indiana's starter did a good job taking advantage of the zone and used his offspeed pitches pretty well to keep the Gophers off balance. Toby Anderson pitched pretty solid but just made a few mistakes in the 5th inning and those mistakes turned into a run scoring single and a 3 run homerun. Reggie Meyer pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning and Brian Glowicki had a scoreless 8th. Gophers are now home for 9 of the next 10 games starting Tuesday night at Siebert against South Dakota State and then a huge weekend series against Nebraska.
Indiana will host the double-elimination tournament May 24-28.
#1 GOPHERS (7-2) vs. #8 Purdue (6-6)
#4 Nebraska (5-3-1) vs. #5 Iowa (5-4)
#2 Maryland (9-3) vs. #7 Indiana (6-5-1)
#3 Michigan (6-3) vs. #6 Michigan State (5-4)
Nebraska (5-3-1) @ Gophers (7-2)
Michigan State (5-4) @ Maryland (9-3)
Indiana (6-5-1) @ Michigan (6-3)
Rutgers (2-4) @ Iowa (5-4)
Illinois (3-6) @ Purdue (6-6)
Northwestern (3-6) @ Penn State (1-8)
Watched the Huskers play several times this year, so I thought I would share some thoughts. Huskers are built on pitching and defense. Starting pitching has been solid. Jake Hohensee has had a good year so far, battled injuries until this year. If he keeps the ball down he is very good. Leaves it up and gives up big hits. Burkamper has been good for 2 years and Sunday starter Jake Meyers is the best of the three. Plays center field the first 2 games of the series. Bullpen is pretty solid. Offense is sporadic. They never seem to come up with the key 2-out hit. Luis Alvarado is another player to watch, leads the team in batting, can play several positions and is their closer. The Gophers will need to play well to win the series. Expect a pretty big turnout of Husker fans, they do love their college baseball. The Huskers has 3 Minnesotans on their roster. Freshmen Luke Roskum has played well at third base and is hitting over .300. Robbie Paulkert is a good out of the bullpen.
Gophers started slow but got the job done. Nolan Burchill started and went the first 2.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1. The Gopher bullpen would only allow 3 hits the rest of the way. Tyler Hanson pitched 2.2 innings and struck out 3, Nick Lackney went 1.2 innings and gave up 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Tim Shannon pitched 1.1 innings and didn't allow anything and Brian Glowicki closed out the game with a strikeout, a hit, and a 4-6-3 double play. Gophers were led at the plate by Freshman Eli Wilson who went 3-4 with a triple and 3 RBIs. Toby Hanson also had 2 hits including a triple and RBI and Terrin Vavra had a extra base hit with a double. Gophers did struggle a little situationally at the plate and ended up leaving 14 runners on base so that is something that will need to be better this weekend and I'm sure it will.
Pitching rotation 1-4
1. Gilbreath is number one and there is no doubt about that.
2. I think there is time for a change here. I have nothing against Schulze and he has a great future. If your trying to go farther in the NCAA tournament compared to last year, it's hard to do that with a number two guy with a ERA around 5. I think it's time for a change. Hanson and Shannon have always struggled being starters but do well as relievers. Lackney walks way to many guys right now. Can't have Glowicki as a starter. My choice would be Reggie Meyer. His first pitching appearance this year was terrible. After that he's lowered his ERA from 10 to around 3. He's had two really good starts in the Midweek and done well in relief appearances.
3. I'd keep Toby here, but there are times I have doubts about our number three guy too. He struggled mightily to start the season, but now seems to have things turned around. Been pretty consistent his last three starts. A 7 era is pretty bad, but hopefully with him being a senior, things will keep turning around. If he struggles some more, maybe you put Lackney here.
4. Schulz and Burchill. I'd give them both 4 innings against Northern Illinois, and have them both start against Georgia State. Whoever looks the best, gets first crack at number 4 spot in the Big Ten tournament. Both these guys are better then our starting mid-week pitching last year.
If Anderson keeps the same rotation and makes no changes, but all our pitcher's pitch perfect games this weekend, I will be just as happy as the next person. I just think it's time for a change in the pitching rotation.
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