Baseball takes two from Cal State

David Roach had a game-winning RBI double to drive home Tony Leseman in the bottom of the eighth, as Minnesota (6-5) defeated No. 2 Cal State Fullerton (16-3) 8-7 Sunday to claim two out of the three games from the Titans. The game was shortened to eight innings due to a pregame agreement by both teams not to play an inning after 3 p.m., because of Cal State Fullerton’s scheduled flight home.

Minnesota started the scoring in the first inning when Cal State Fullerton starter Dustin Miller walked the first three batters and Scott Welch brought home Sam Steidl with a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. The Titans responded in the top of the third inning when Justin Turner had a single, which brought home Richie Burgos and Justin Smyres to make the score 2-1.

The Gophers came right back in the bottom of the third when Ben Pattee led off the inning with a double and came around to score when Luke Appert singled and advanced on a error to make it 2-2. Appert came around to score after Welch knocked him in with an RBI single to make it 3-2.

Minnesota added a run to move the score to 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning when Roach led off the inning with a single, and came around three batters later to score on a wild pitch. The Titans tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning on a pair of RBI singles by Burgos and Danny Dorn.

The Gophers came right back in the top of the sixth inning when Pattee singled with one out and came around to score on an Appert double and a throwing error by the Cal State Fullerton right fielder to make it 5-4. Minnesota moved the score to 6-4 when Appert came around to score on a Welch RBI single. Two batters later, Andy Hunter doubled to bring home Welch to make it 7-4.

Cal State Fullerton scored two runs in the top of the seventh and one in the top of the eighth to tie the score at 7-7. Hunter singled to lead off the eighth and final inning. David Hrncirik moved the pinch-runner Leseman over to second on a sacrifice bunt, and Roach brought him home with a double for the winning run.

Brian Bull pitched one inning of relief to pick up the win and move to 2-0 on the season. Glen Perkins started for the Gophers and pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs and striking out two to get the no-decision. Cal State Fullerton closer Chad Cordero gave up one run in one and a third innings of relief and took the loss for the Titans.

The Gophers managed to go all three games in the series without an error.

Men’s track

Minnesota track and field athletes traveled to the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame and to the Cyclone Qualifier in Ames, Iowa this weekend looking for a final chance to qualify for NCAA competition.

At Notre Dame, the distance medley relay team of Toby Henkels, Adam Steele, Neil Hanson and Martin Robeck earned an automatic qualifying time of 9:38.30, coming in a close second to Eastern Michigan. Henkels earned an individual automatic qualifier and broke the school record in the 800 meters with a second-place finish of 1:48.23. In the 5,000 meters, Junior Will McComb ran a provisional qualifier of 8:00.46.

Sophomore Karl Erickson led the athletes at the Cyclone Qualifier, automatically qualifying in the shot put and placing second with a throw of 64-10.5. In the 400 meters, junior Mikael Jakobsson narrowly missed an automatic qualifier, coming in third with a provisional time of 46.35.

Men’s golf

Minnesota’s ninth-ranked men’s golf team finished in 15th place Sunday at the Toyota Men’s Collegiate Golf Championship in Las Vegas.

The Gophers shot rounds of 306-291-290 for a team total of 889 (+25). Oklahoma State recorded a final round of 7-under 281 to win the event by one stroke over UNLV with a score of 856 (-8). The Toyota Championship was held at the par-72, 7,381-yard Southern Highlands Golf Club.

Junior Justin Smith made the biggest Minnesota leap up the leaderboard with a round of eight birdies to three bogeys for a score of 5-under-par 67. The final round moved him up 35 places to tie for 24th at 217 (+1). The round of 67 ties Smith’s career low and is the lowest round for a Gopher this season.

Senior Wilhelm Schauman carded his second consecutive round of even-par 72 to tie for 28th place with a score of 2-over 218. Fellow senior Matt Anderson shot a final round of 5-over 77 for a total of 225 (+9) to tie for 61st. Junior Ben Greve, competing in his first tournament this season, continued to improve throughout the event with scores of 80-76-74 – 230 (+14) to finish in 69th place. Junior David Morgan placed 73rd with a total of 233 (+17).

Men’s swimming

The Gopher-It Invite was held today at the University Aquatic Center. The annual event is a “last chance” invite that allows swimmers a final opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Ryan L’Roy swam the 1650-yard freestyle event in 15:31.14 while teammates Brian Gettelfinger and Neil Osten swam the 50-yard free in 20.95 and 21.14, respectively.

Women’s track

Alean Frawley earned a provisional qualifying standard in the Cyclone Qualifier, which serves as the last chance for athletes to qualify for the NCAA meet. Frawley took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 50-0.5 to earn the provisional standard. Minnesota is next in action on Friday when it travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships. Senior Shani Marks is the lone Gophers representative, as she will compete in the triple jump. The meet concludes Saturday.