Golden Gophers Blitz Hoosiers in Series Opener
April 23, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Seth Rosin pitched a brilliant three-hitter and the Minnesota offense got off to a quick start and never looked back in a 14-0 victory on Friday in the Metrodome. Sterling Mack had two of IU's three hits and Michael Earley extended his hitting streak to 13 games in the loss. The Golden Gophers (15-23, 5-5 Big Ten) and Hoosiers (19-17, 5-5) will meet again on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Nick O'Shea led the way for Minnesota with a 4-for-5 day, as every member of the starting lineup hit safely for the Gophers. Rosin went 7 2/3, punching out seven without allowing a walk. He now has 56 Ks on the season to just two walks. Cullen Sexton pitched the final 1 1/3, striking out two, to finish off the game.
The Gophers got to IU ace Drew Leininger, chasing him after just 3 1/3 innings with a 7-0 lead. Derek Roof finished off the game with 4 2/3 innings of solid relief, surrendering just three runs and striking out three.
Early in the first, things looked solid for Leininger, as he got the first two hitters on groundouts. He then got Michael Kvasnicka to pop up to left, but Michael Basil lost the ball in the roof of the Metrodome and it fell for a double. Minnesota followed with three more two-out hits to take a 2-0 lead. The Gophers then added two in the second and one in the third to make it 5-0.
The fourth inning proved to be the deathblow, as the Gophers chased Leininger and scored six times for an 11-0 advantage. Leininger got the first out, but surrendered a hit and a walk and was replaced by Alex Zerman. Zerman was unable to retire anyone, allowing three hits and a walk with four more runs coming across. Roof was able to get out of the inning with no further damage, but the Gophers had an insurmountable lead at that point. Minnesota tacked on two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to result in the final score.
Saturday's game between the two squads is set for 7 p.m. ET and Sunday's is slated for a 2 p.m. start. Both contests will be televised live on the Big Ten Network, and live audio and statistics will be available at IUHoosiers.com.
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