MINNEAPOLIS - (Feb. 25) Managing just three hits Saturday at Minnesota, Seattle U baseball fell 6-3 to the Gophers in game two of a three-game series at U.S. Bank Stadium.
After coming from a three-run deficit to the Redhawks (2-4) on Friday night, Minnesota (3-1) scored first on Saturday, plating three runs on five hits in the bottom of the second.
Kyler Murphy led off the third with a solo home run to right field, trimming the deficit down a run, 3-1.
The Gophers would get it back in the home half of the inning as Matt Stemper’s single to left center scored Micah Coffey who had reached on a single and advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch.
Seattle U would go three-up, three-down in the fourth and fifth, but looked to make things interesting in the sixth. Dalton Hurd reached on a hit-by-pitch to lead off the inning, firing g pitching change for the Gophers.
Nick Lackney replaced starter Brett Schulze, but immediately issued a walk to Curtis Perrin. After a Sean Sutton fly out, Hurd and Perrin advanced a base on a wild pitch. Aaron Stroosma loaded the bases by drawing a walk and Griffin Andreychuk earned the third walk of the inning to send home Hurd.
But with bases loaded and just one out, Lackney found his stride, recording back-to-back strikeouts to halt the Redhawks’ potential rally.
Minnesota tacked on two more runs in the seventh, making it a 6-2 ball game. Seattle U looked for one final rally in the ninth, pushing one run across the plate on an Austin Lively RBI-double. But closer Brian Glowicki got Hurd to fly out to end the game.
Nick Meservey took the loss for Seattle U. The junior lefty struck out two while giving up eight hits for four runs in six complete innings.
The series between Seattle U and Minnesota concludes Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. CT first pitch from U.S. Bank Stadium.