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Minnesota stole four bases and improved to 9-2 in its last 11 games.
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Wed, 03/13/2013
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The Gophers baseball team cruised past Nebraska-Omaha 6-1 on Tuesday at the Metrodome for its ninth victory in its past 11 games.

Minnesota hitters combined for 12 hits and four stolen bases. The Gophers’ balanced, aggressive offense seemed to impress head coach John Anderson.

“We advanced on some balls in the dirt, took some aggressive breaks,” Anderson said. “We had some offense up and down the lineup. Different guys contributed.”

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Minnesota stole four bases and improved to 9-2 in its last 11 games.
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Righty reliever Lance Thonvold, back from an elbow injury, is a top option out of the bullpen.
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Tue, 03/12/2013
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Lance Thonvold needed nine pitches to strike out Western Illinois left fielder Erik Maki on Sunday.

The redshirt freshman’s outing was smooth-sailing after that.

Pitching in relief of starter Jordan Jess, Thonvold didn’t allow a base hit and struck out six in 3.2 innings en route to his first career victory.

“He was the key to the game,” Gophers pitching coach Todd Oakes said.

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Tom Windle threw the Gophers’ first no-hitter since 1993.
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Mon, 03/11/2013
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A no-hitter, a pair of starters’ returns from injuries and a three-game sweep highlighted a phenomenal weekend for Minnesota baseball.

The Gophers swept Western Illinois in impressive fashion this weekend to improve to 10-5 on the season.

Junior lefthander Tom Windle threw a no-hitter in Friday’s 3-0 victory — the program’s first since 1993. He needed just 94 pitches to do it.

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Jake Bergren replaced the injured Andy Henkemeyer in the leadoff spot and scored the go-ahead run.
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Thu, 03/07/2013
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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.

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Jake Bergren replaced the injured Andy Henkemeyer in the leadoff spot and scored the go-ahead run.
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Andy Henkemeyer is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury, but X-rays were negative.
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Wed, 03/06/2013
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The Gophers baseball team got some good news Tuesday.

Starting left fielder and leadoff hitter Andy Henkemeyer, who injured his shoulder in Saturday’s win over Utah, had X-rays come back negative, head coach John Anderson said.

Still, “It’s going to take some time,” Anderson said.

Henkemeyer, a senior, was hitting .333 through 10 games this season and was considered a leader by his teammates.

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Senior left fielder Andy Henkemeyer suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday’s victory.
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Mon, 03/04/2013
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The Gophers trailed Northern Illinois by a run heading into the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday.

Minnesota’s heart of the order had one last chance to save the team from a weekend-ending defeat, but Huskies starter Alex Klonowski wouldn’t have it.

Klonowski retired Dan Olinger, Michael Handel and JT Canakes in order, sending Minnesota to a 2-1 defeat, its second in three days at the four-team Dairy Queen Classic.

The Gophers (6-5) lost 10-3 on Friday to eventual tournament champion Dartmouth but rebounded Saturday with a 4-1 win over Utah.

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Senior left fielder Andy Henkemeyer suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday’s victory.
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Injuries have thrust Ben Meyer and Jordan Jess into the starting rotation.
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Thu, 02/28/2013
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There’s no such thing as too much starting pitching in baseball.

When everybody’s finally healthy for the Gophers, though, they’ll have a lot of it.

Injuries have kept hard-throwing lefty D.J. Snelten and junior college transfer Alec Crawford out of action so far.

But sophomores Ben Meyer and Jordan Jess have joined veteran Tom Windle in the rotation, and they’re growing into quality starters.

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Michael Handel atoned for an early error with a go-ahead home run.
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Thu, 02/28/2013
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At 6 foot 1 and 185 pounds, Michael Handel doesn’t fit the mold of a prototypical cleanup hitter.

Looks can be deceiving.

The Gophers sophomore shortstop went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a pair of RBIs, powering Minnesota to a 4-2 victory over North Dakota State on Wednesday at the Metrodome.

The cleanup spot is typically reserved for the best power hitter on the team. Handel has been that through six games.

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Michael Handel atoned for an early error with a go-ahead home run.
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Minnesota played solid defense and showed progress offensively against Western Michigan.
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Mon, 02/25/2013
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The Gophers will play at the Metrodome a lot in the coming weeks. This weekend, they gave their hometown fans a preview of what they can hope to expect during the long homestand.

Minnesota took three of four games from Western Michigan during its first home stand of the season. The Gophers won 7-1 on Friday, the teams split two games Saturday, and Minnesota won a 9-2 matinee Sunday.

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Minnesota won’t travel again until the last week in March.
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Thu, 02/21/2013
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The Gophers were tested by No. 2 University of California-Los Angeles in their first series of the season.

The Bruins boasted some of the best pitching and hitting the Gophers will see all year and took two of three from Minnesota in Los Angeles.

But the Gophers will play their next 17 nonconference games in Minneapolis, and head coach John Anderson said the home field will give his team a chance to build some confidence — especially the younger players.

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