Minnesota Evens Baseball Series Against Cal Poly With 4-1 Victory
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota outhit Cal Poly for the second straight game and evened the three-game non-conference baseball series at a game apiece with a 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon inside the Hubert H, Humphrey Metrodome.
The Golden Gophers scored single runs in the third and fifth innings and added two more in the seventh for a 4-0 lead, snapping a five-game losing streak with the victory and improving to 8-11 on the year.
Cal Poly, which won Saturday's game 4-3 despite being outhit 14-8, fell to 12-6.
Sophomore southpaw DJ Snelten (1-1) picked up his first win of the season, allowing four hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Kevin Kray pitched 3 2/3 innings for his third save, allowing one run and three hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
The loss went to Mustang senior southpaw Kyle Anderson (3-1), who surrendered four runs (three earned) and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Freshman right-hander Reed Reilly secured the final four outs with one strikeout.
Cal Poly's only run of the game was a solo home run by junior center fielder Mitch Haniger leading off the eighth inning. It was Haniger's fifth home run of the season and second of the series.
The Mustangs rallied in the ninth as sophomore designated hitter Matt Russell singled and Chris Hoo walked with nobody out, but pinch-hitter Denver Chavez's fly ball to center field was turned into a double play by Troy Larson to squelch the uprising.
Senior shortstop Mike Miller and sophomore left fielder David Armendariz (pictured above) each produced two of Cal Poly's seven hits. Both had a single and double while Haniger's home run was the only other extra-base hit for the Mustangs.
Larson, shortstop Michael Handel and first baseman Ryan Abrahamson all had two of Minnesota's 10 hits. Abrahamson hit his first home run of the year and also doubled for the Golden Gophers.
Final game of the series is set for Monday at 11:35 a.m. PDT with junior right-hander Kyle Brueggemann (2-1, 5.68 ERA) of Cal Poly to face Minensota senior right-hander Austin Lubinsky (0-2, 7.47 ERA).
The Mustangs open an 11-game homestand Wednesday at 1 p.m. against Dartmouth in Baggett Stadium.