HOOSIERS FALL TO MINNESOTA 16-3, 9-7
April 24, 1999 HOOSIERS FALL TO MINNESOTA 16-3, 9-7
Bloomington, Ind.--Led by the Big Ten's all-time hits leader, Robb Quinlan, Minnesota swept Indiana 16-3, 9-7 in a Big Ten doubleheader this afternoon at Sembower Field.
Quinlan 's two-run second inning triple in the second game broke former Hoosier Alex Smith's all-time hits mark of 305. The senior from Maplewood, Minnesota also jacked a home run in the first game as the Gophers improved to 31-9 overall and 12-3 in the Big Ten.
In game one, Brad Pautz (6-2) tossed six strong innings and punched out five Hoosiers to help the Gophers keep pace with first place Ohio State. Minnesota is currently two games behind the front-running Buckeyes.
Chad Smith (4-6) took the loss for Indiana (28-12, 6-9) lasting only three innings as the Gophers broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the third.
Jason Kennedy and Jeremy Negen walked to start the inning. Scott Howard bunted to Smith but the Indiana starter failed to make a throw as the Gophers loaded the bases. Second baseman Matt Scanlon doubled to right, scoring Kennedy and Negen and advancing Howard to third. Quinlan reached base on a fielder's choice, scoring Howard. After an Aron Amundson single, Jack Hannahan flied out to right, allowing Quinlan to tag and score from third, giving Minnesota a 5-2 lead.
Indiana cut the lead to 6-3 until Minnesota put up seven in the fifth. The main damage of the inning coming on a Kennedy double to right, scoring Kevin Arlt and Rick Brosseau.
In game two, the Gophers jumped out to a 9-2 lead until Indiana rebounded for five in the sixth.
Dan Haegele led off with a single and after a Doug DeVore fly out, Frank O'Connell moved him to third on a single. CF Jason Williams walked to load the bases. Pinch hitter Blake St. Clair then whacked a single to right, scoring Haegele and O'Connell. Then Head Coach Bob Morgan rolled the dice and sent reserve catcher Robert Stastny to pinch hit for Eric Blakely. Stastny responded with a three-run homer to left, pulling Indiana to 9-7.
Sam Incandela kept the inning alive when Gopher third baseman Matt Scanlon dropped his infield pop up. But the Hoosiers couldn't capitalize as Tim McNab grounded out to end the inning.
Dan McGrath (3-0) picked up the win for Minnesota whil David Ferris (3-1) took the loss for Indiana.
The teams will finish the series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Sembower Field.
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