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Andy Henkemeyer provided the game-tying and game-winning hits for a Gophers team that likely needs to win the tournament to keep its season alive.
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Wed, 05/22/2013
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Andy Henkemeyer’s bases-loaded walk-off line drive down the right-field line gave the Gophers a 3-2 victory over Illinois in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.

The win kept the Gophers in the winner’s bracket, giving them a much shorter path through a tournament they likely need to win to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament.

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Andy Henkemeyer provided the game-tying and game-winning hits for a Gophers team that likely needs to win the tournament to keep its season alive.
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The Gophers lost on a play at the plate in the last inning.
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Thu, 05/09/2013
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For the second time this season, the Gophers lost on a play at the plate.

Minnesota junior shortstop Michael Handel was thrown out at the plate to end Minnesota’s 2-1 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday at Siebert Field. He was attempting to score on a wild pitch.

Wednesday’s game was Minnesota’s final nonconference tilt of the regular season. The Gophers finished that part of their schedule with a 17-12 record.

Minnesota lost to Indiana State in similar fashion March 15.

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Junior Tom Windle has evolved into one of the top arms in the Big Ten.
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Wed, 05/08/2013
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Gophers junior ace Tom Windle’s slider is so good, sometimes Kurt Schlangen has trouble catching it.

“It’s unhittable. When he throws his best one, it’s filthy,” said Schlangen, the Gophers’ senior catcher. “It’s a touch pitch to catch sometimes.”

The slider, which Windle refers to as his “out pitch,” has caught the eye of Major League Baseball scouts. He’s projected to be selected in the first three rounds of the 2013 MLB draft.

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Junior Tom Windle has evolved into one of the top arms in the Big Ten.
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Minnesota has a narrow lead atop the Big Ten with two series left.
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Mon, 05/06/2013
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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.

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The Gophers baseball and softball teams were scheduled to play nonconference opponents.
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Thu, 05/02/2013
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The cold temperatures and wintry mix that fell in Minneapolis on Wednesday forced the cancelation of both the Gophers baseball and softball games.

The baseball team was scheduled to play Division III St. Thomas.

Wednesday’s cancellation was Minnesota’s fifth of the season. Two other games have been postponed.

The Gophers will travel to State College, Pa., this weekend for a three-game series against Penn State.

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The Gophers have a favorable conference schedule down the stretch.
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Wed, 05/01/2013
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With three Big Ten series left to play, Minnesota leads second-place foes Indiana and Nebraska by one game in the loss column.

Nine conference games remain, but the Gophers have a favorable schedule the rest of the way with only one road series.

Indiana and Nebraska will meet for a three-game set this weekend, meaning that the Gophers would gain ground on at least one of the teams by winning their weekend series at Penn State.

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Troy Larson is one of Minnesota’s most successful athletes off the field.
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Tue, 04/30/2013
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When professional baseball came knocking, Gophers outfielder Troy Larson didn’t pay much attention.

A few years back, a professional scout sent Larson a questionnaire.

“He walked into my office and said, ‘Do I have to fill this out?’” Minnesota head coach John Anderson recalled. “‘I don’t want to be a pro player. I want to be a doctor.’”

Larson is well on his way to living out that dream.

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Minnesota won two of three at Iowa after a rough start.
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Mon, 04/29/2013
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Blowing a five-run lead in the eighth inning is a demoralizing way to lose a baseball game for most teams.

Not the Gophers.

Minnesota shrugged off Friday’s 10-inning 10-9 loss and cruised past Iowa on Saturday and Sunday in Iowa City, Iowa.

The Gophers (9-3 in the conference) sit atop the Big Ten with three more conference series to play.

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Solid pitching and timely hitting led the Gophers past North Dakota State.
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Thu, 04/25/2013
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Sophomore shortstop Michael Handel drove in three runs as the Gophers defeated North Dakota State 5-3 at Siebert Field on Wednesday for their sixth straight win.

Minnesota (24-13) overcame a slow offensive start to sweep its season series with North Dakota State. The Gophers beat the Bison 4-2 at the Metrodome on Feb. 27.

Minnesota is now 4-1 at the new Siebert Field.

Head coach John Anderson said he was impressed with the pitching staff’s performance Tuesday after a week of no games.

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Dalton Sawyer earned his first win last Wednesday against Augsburg.
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Wed, 04/24/2013
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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.

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