Ohio State Drops Opener to Minnesota, Gets Suspended in Game 2
April 6, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – After a delay of more than 20 hours because of snow, the Ohio State baseball team fell to Minnesota, 7-0, Saturday afternoon in the opener of Siebert Field in Minneapolis. The Buckeyes drop to 18-9 on the season, 4-3 in Big Ten play, while the Golden Gophers improve to 18-12, 3-1 in conference play.
In the opener, a game that started Friday and concluded Saturday, Minnesota put a pair of runners on in the bottom of the first when Andy Henkemeyer and Michael Handel notched back-to-back one out singles but Ohio State starter Jaron Long induced a 6-3 double play by Dan Olinger to end the Golden Gopher rally.
Things stayed quiet until the bottom of the fourth when Henkemeyer led off the inning with an infield single, moved to second on a groundout to short by Handel and scored on an RBI single to center by Olinger. After a fly out to right by Ryan Abrahamson, Olinger swiped second on a delayed steal and scored on a two-out RBI double down the right-field line by Mark Tatera. Troy Larson then hit a fly ball to center but Buckeye centerfielder Joe Ciamacco couldn’t make the play as Tatera came around to score on the error to push the Golden Gopher lead to 3-0 before the game was suspended because of snow after five frames.
After the game picked up again Saturday, Alec Crawford tossed a scoreless top of the sixth and the Golden Gophers added to their lead in the bottom of the frame. Brett McKinney struck out Abrahamson to lead off the inning but Tatera reached on an infield single and scored on a triple down the right-field line by Troy Larson. Bobby Juan followed with a double down the right-field line to score Larson and push the Minnesota lead to 5-0. McKinney then struck out Connor Schaefbauer for the second out of the frame but Kurt Schlangen blooped a single to center to plate Juan to extend the advantage to 6-0.
Minnesota tacked on another in the bottom of the eighth against Ohio State reliever Tyler Giannonatti when Tatera singled through the right side to lead off the inning and scored on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Schaefbauer to cap the scoring at 7-0.
After another delay because of the threat of rain, Ohio State and Minnesota started the middle game of the series only for it to get suspended with the Buckeyes up 5-1 in the top of the fourth inning. The Buckeyes and Golden Gophers will resume the game at 10:30 a.m. CT Sunday with the finale slated for 1 p.m. on Big Ten Network.