March 25, 2012

Gophers Complete Sweep of Bulldogs with 5-0 Victory

Minneapolis, Minn. – Austin Lubinsky tossed eight shutout innings to lead Minnesota to a 5-0 victory and a three-game sweep of The Citadel Sunday afternoon at the H.H.H. Metrodome. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 9-14 on the season as they head to a Tuesday evening contest with South Carolina at Riley Park. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.

Minnesota (12-13) opened the scoring with a four-run third inning to jump on the Bulldogs for the second straight game. After Bulldog starter Logan Cribb retired the first batter of the frame, Trip Schultz drew a full-count walk and advanced to second on a balk by Cribb. Troy Larson singled to deep short, keeping Schultz at second. Andy Henkemeyer followed with a RBI single to right, putting runners at the corners for Kurt Schlangen. The Gophers' catcher knocked a RBI single to left for a 2-0 score.

Cribb would hit cleanup hitter Dan Olinger to load the bases and with Kyle Crocker at the plate, Joe Jackson tried to pick off Henkemeyer at third, but the throw was low, hitting Henkemeyer and skipped away, allowing a run to score and the runners to advance. Cribb struck out Crocker for the second out, but a wild pitch to Matt Puhl allowed Schlangen to score from third for a 4-0 Gophers' lead.

The Gophers added another run in the seventh for a 5-0 advantage. Leadoff man Larson singled up the middle and stole second. Larson then advanced to second on Henkemeyer's fly out to center and scored on Schlangen's sacrifice fly to right.

Lubinsky scattered four hits over the eight innings, striking out four and walking none. Larson finished with three hits and Schlangen added two hits and two RBI.

Cribb took the loss for the Bulldogs, falling to 1-2 on the season. The southpaw was tagged for seven hits in 6-2/3 innings, allowing five runs, three earned, with five strikeouts and three walks. TJ Clarkson struck out one in 1-1/3 innings of perfect relief. Mason Davis recorded a pair of hits, while Drew DeKerlegand had an eight-inning triple, the Bulldogs' only extra-base hit of the weekend.

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