Gophers swept in Super Regional round of the NCAA tournament

Minnesota lost two games to Oregon State this weekend.

Head Coach John Anderson is upset with an umpires call during the game against Canisius on Friday, June 1, 2018. The Gophers won 10-1.

Ellen Schmidt

Head Coach John Anderson is upset with an umpire’s call during the game against Canisius on Friday, June 1, 2018. The Gophers won 10-1.

David Mullen

The Gophers’ historic run into June came to a halt Saturday.

Minnesota’s (44-15) season came to an end Saturday after a second-consecutive loss to Oregon State (49-10-1) in the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament.

While the Gophers had a 3-2 lead late in the game, the Beavers came back in the ninth inning to secure a 6-3 victory, ending Minnesota’s season. 

After a pair of hits and a walk, the bases were loaded with one out in the top of the ninth for the Beavers. 

The Gophers put in pitcher Jackson Rose, who recorded the second out of the inning.

Beavers catcher Adley Rutschman was the next batter, who singled up the middle and scored two runs, leaving runners on first and third.

The next two batters were hit by pitches, the last of which scored the final run of the game. 

The bats for Minnesota were alive during the middle innings— they scored in three consecutive innings and were ahead most of the game. 

The Gophers had the bases loaded in the fourth inning with one out, but only came away with one run.

“[We] weren’t able to get a big hit to get us space,” head coach John Anderson told the media. 

Left fielder Ben Mezzenga lead the Gophers, going 2-4 with an RBI.

Minnesota falls in the first game of the series

In the opening game for the Super Regional round in Corvallis, Oregon, Oregon State’s bats were on fire.

The Beavers scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back. They beat the Gophers 8-1.

“It was an uphill climb for us being down 3-0 against a great pitcher,” Anderson told the media.

The Beavers started their offensive onslaught with a single up the middle. It was followed by back-to-back home runs with two outs.

Outfielder and Minnesota Twins draftee Trevor Larnach hit the first bomb.

“First inning we had two outs there, then we went through three, four and five. They hit a base hit up the middle, we made a couple mistakes and they hit a couple of balls out of the park,” Anderson told the media. 

The Gophers scored their lone run of the game in the top of the eighth inning. Designated hitter Toby Hanson hit a solo home run to left field. 

“Obviously, it was a tough game today… they’re a good team and we are too. We’re looking forward to giving it our best,” Hanson told the media.

The Gophers had a historic season. They advanced past the opening round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 41 years. They won their 24th Big Ten championship and Anderson won Big Ten coach of the year.

“I would hope this senior class has laid a foundation of playing the game the right way, preparing the right way, and doing the right things on and off the field,” infielder Micah Coffey told the media. “I really do think we laid the foundation for guys who are ready to continue to compete at a high level.”