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Dan Olinger drove in two runs with a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning.
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Wed, 04/16/2014
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Gophers senior Dan Olinger saw only one pitch during Tuesday’s game.

But that pitch made all the difference in Minnesota’s 5-3 victory over North Dakota State.

Olinger hit a pinch-hit, two-run single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game.

“Jake Bergren on second base had the pitch,” Olinger said. “He had the signs, so he called it and told me what was coming, and I was just trying to hit a fastball and … drive in some runs.”

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Tyler Oakes will face off with his father, Todd Oakes, on Wednesday.
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Mon, 04/14/2014
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Minnesota’s game against North Dakota State on Tuesday will double as a family reunion for Todd and Tyler Oakes.

Both pitching coaches, Todd Oakes will post up in Minnesota’s dugout, and Tyler, his oldest son, will be in North Dakota State’s.

Tyler, who pitched for Minnesota from 2006-09, served as a pitching coach for two years at South Dakota State and then as a volunteer pitching coach at Minnesota before taking his current job.

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The Gophers scored only eight runs and have now lost four games in a row.
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Mon, 04/14/2014
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Nebraska continued its Big Ten dominance over the Gophers this weekend, sweeping Minnesota with a 3-2 win in 10 innings Sunday at Siebert Field.

Cornhuskers shortstop Steven Reveles hit a single that scored a run with two outs in the 10th inning, and Nebraska reliever Josh Roeder held the Gophers scoreless in the bottom of the inning to pick up the save.

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The Gophers gave up nine runs in the first two innings of the contest.
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Thu, 04/10/2014
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The Gophers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning of Wednesday’s matchup against South Dakota State, but they struggled on the mound and lost 13-4.

Minnesota starter Cody Campbell recorded just one out before he was yanked in favor of fellow freshman pitcher Toby Anderson.

Campbell walked three batters and hit two in his outing. He left the game with three baserunners on, all of whom wound up crossing the plate.

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Neal Kunik didn’t make the team as a walk-on until his third time around.
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Wed, 04/09/2014
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For junior pitcher Neal Kunik, the third time was the charm.

After trying to walk on to the Gophers baseball team as a freshman and again as a sophomore, Kunik finally made the team his junior year.

Though many would have given up after the first or second rejection, a stubborn streak persuaded Kunik to continue to pursue his dream.

“[I’m] pretty hard-set in my ways, so when I set out to achieve this goal specifically, I was telling myself I wasn’t going to stop before I got it done,” Kunik said.

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The Gophers were able to bounce back from a tough series a week ago.
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Mon, 04/07/2014
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The Gophers returned to Big Ten play this weekend with a much-needed series victory against Michigan.

Minnesota dropped two games to Michigan State last Sunday by a combined score of 20-0.

That offensive slump continued into the team’s midweek game, but the Gophers were able to move past that this weekend.

They beat the Wolverines on Friday and Sunday, while putting together better at-bats across the board.

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The Gophers had only three hits and one run the entire game.
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Thu, 04/03/2014
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Minnesota’s bats were held mostly silent, but the one run the offense did manage was just enough for its pitching staff.

The Gophers shut out Augsburg 1-0 at Siebert Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Minnesota’s Tuesday game against North Dakota State was postponed, so it picked up the game with Augsburg to get some extra in-game experience.

The Gophers were shut out in two games on Sunday, and head coach John Anderson said he didn’t see his team make a lot of adjustments at the plate Wednesday.

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Minnesota had to postpone its game with North Dakota State on Tuesday.
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Wed, 04/02/2014
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Minnesota’s baseball team struggled Sunday afternoon. It lost two games and was outscored 20-0 in those two contests.

But with the addition of a game Wednesday, the Gophers will have a chance to put those losses behind them before their next Big Ten series.

Minnesota was scheduled to play a midweek game against North Dakota State on Tuesday, but it was postponed because of weather.

The Gophers picked up a Wednesday game against Augsburg after the game was cancelled.

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Minnesota played in its first home series of the season over the weekend.
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Mon, 03/31/2014
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The good news for the Gophers baseball team is that it was able to play all three of its games against Michigan State over the weekend. The bad news is what happened in two of those three games.

Minnesota won the first game of the series but followed up with a Sunday doubleheader in which it was outscored 20-0.

The Gophers lost 15-0 in the first game, then 5-0 in the second game, which ended after eight innings due to Michigan State’s travel schedule.

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Minnesota canceled seven games last year because of weather conditions.
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Thu, 03/27/2014
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After 20 consecutive road games, the Gophers baseball team is finally home.

Minnesota is fresh off its longest road trip of the year and will welcome the chance to play at Siebert Field this weekend — if it gets the chance.

“We’ve been in every time zone, but we’re glad to be home, and we hope we can play here this weekend,” head coach John Anderson said.

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