Gophers take first loss at U.S. Bank Stadium

Minnesota’s hot bats were cooled off as the Gophers fell 3-1 to North Dakota State.

by Luke Hanlon

After scoring 44 runs in their first five games of the season, the Gophers could only manage one in their loss against North Dakota State University Tuesday night at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Freshman Nolan Burchill made his first career start for the Gophers, and he started the game by retiring the first 10 batters he faced.

He struggled with his command after that, and he was replaced by Jake Stevenson after 4.1 innings.

Burchill finished with six strikeouts and one earned run.

The Bison got the game’s first run in the top of the fourth, and they added to their lead in the top of the seventh when Logan Busch hit a home run off of Jackson Rose; Busch was the first hitter Rose faced in the game.

Danny Palmiscno got a base hit with two outs in the seventh to spark a rally. He came around to score on a Drew Fearing single to extend the Bison lead to three.

The Gophers answered in the bottom of the ninth with one run, a Terrin Vavra single bobbled by the NDSU outfield, but couldn’t mount a comeback.

Minnesota coach John Anderson said that the lineup’s main problem was the different kind of pitching it saw compared to the three games against Seattle.

“When you go from facing velocity like last weekend and you go down to facing some soft-throwing left-handers, it’s a big adjustment; we just didn’t make the adjustment,” Anderson said.

The Gophers are back in action Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium to host the University of Hawaii.