The game was tied and the bases were loaded. Minnesota first baseman Cole McDevitt swung at a wild pitch for his third strike in the bottom of the ninth inning. However, the ball got away from the Nebraska catcher, and Minnesota's pinch runner Riley Smith scored the winning run in walk-off fashion when he beat the throw home and jumped into his teammates who met him on the field.
Minnesota catcher Eli Wilson was the hero on Friday when he hit a 3-run, walk-off home run in the 10th inning to give the Gophers a 5-2 victory. The team is back against Nebraska on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Minnesota opened its home schedule with a single game against Division III Augsburg on Wednesday. The Gophers won 9-3 over the Auggies.
Months of training for former Gophers' football players and others from colleges in Minnesota led up to Wednesday's pro day at the David and Janis Larson Football Performance Center.
One of the toughest non-conference schedules in college baseball prepared Minnesota for Big Ten play as the Gophers came out of University Park, Pennsylvania with three wins in the first Big Ten series of the season.
Minnesota's season came down to Notre Dame. With a win, it continued; with a loss, it was over.
The Gophers hit their peak when they needed it most. They've won five straight and seven of their last eight games after sweeping Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Minnesota advanced to the second round of the Big Ten tournament on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Michigan. The Gophers return to action next weekend against Notre Dame in the semifinal round of the tournament.