Minnesota had seemingly extinguished red-hot North Dakota State University. The Gophers scored five runs in the seventh inning to seize a 5-2 lead and brought in reliable reliever Billy Soule to seal the deal.
But Soule ran into some trouble, and it was all downhill from there.
Troy Larson misplayed a blooper and turned it into a two-run double, which helped key an eighth-inning rally for the Bison. They won 6-5 and extended their winning streak to eight games.
Minnesota scored five runs in the seventh inning but gave up four in the eighth inning and lost.
Minnesota left fielder Andy Henkemeyer stepped into the batter’s box in the ninth inning Monday with the game tied, runners on first and second base, two outs and one thing in mind — to put the ball in play.
He ended up with a game-winning hit.
Henkemeyer smoked Cal Poly closer Chase Johnson’s pitch right up the middle to plate Tony Skjefte for a 4-3 walk-off win at the Metrodome.
The Gophers took two of three games from the Mustangs and are winners of back-to-back contests after losing five in a row.
Minnesota won two of three games in a series with Cal Poly.
Andy Henkemeyer won the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 16th inning.