The back end of the Gophers pitching staff is getting healthy at just the right time.
With conference play set to begin Friday, pitchers DJ Snelten and Alec Crawford both returned from injury last week, leaving head coach John Anderson with the difficult task of sorting out which arms will go where.
Junior lefthander and Friday starter Tom Windle is pitching like an All-American and is the unquestioned ace of the staff.
Projected starters DJ Snelten and Alec Crawford are back from injuries.
A two-out single. A stolen base. A chopper up the middle.
The Gophers played small ball at its finest Wednesday night, defeating Division III foe Hamline 3-1 despite only five hits.
Minnesota (7-5) used a collection of six pitchers to hold the Pipers to one run on four hits.
Minnesota’s designated hitter JT Canakes was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI. Catcher Kurt Schlangen went 1-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead run. First baseman Mark Tatera’s late sacrifice fly provided some insurance.
Jake Bergren replaced the injured Andy Henkemeyer in the leadoff spot and scored the go-ahead run.