As the Gophers baseball season winds down, the magnitude of each Big Ten series revs up.
In that context, winning two of three games in a road series is a very good weekend. But the Gophers’ loss to last-place Penn State (2-15 Big Ten) on Sunday kept them from extending their lead in the conference standings.
Minnesota (11-4 Big Ten) beat Penn State on Friday and Saturday before losing in extra innings Sunday to wrap up its final road series in conference play.
Minnesota has a narrow lead atop the Big Ten with two series left.
Dalton Sawyer’s latest performance on the mound fared much better than the first time he pitched in a Gophers uniform.
The Gophers freshman relief pitcher earned his first career win in a triumph over Augsburg at Siebert Field on April 16.
Sawyer made his first career appearance in Minnesota’s second game of the season, a 14-0 loss to college baseball powerhouse UCLA. He walked four batters and allowed five runs in 1.1 innings in that game.
Dalton Sawyer earned his first win last Wednesday against Augsburg.