Baseball final: Minnesota 12, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2

by Austin Cumblad

As my roommate so eloquently put it this afternoon, "God has finally remembered there’s a North."  It’s a beautiful Minnesota spring day (Minnesota spring day…oxymoron?) and here we are at Siebert Field for the Gophers’ first outdoor home game of the season against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Minnesota starting pitcher – Allen Bechstein, 0-0, 12.86 ERA
Wisconsin-Milwaukee starting pitcher – Cuyler Franzke, 1-2, 7.08 ERA

Minnesota batting order
1) DH Matt Nohelty
2) SS AJ Pettersen
3) 2B Derek McCallum
4) RF Michael Kvasnicka
5) C Kyle Knudson
6) 1B Nick O’Shea
7) CF Justin Gominsky
8) LF Jon Hummel
9) 3B Kyle Geason

Wisconsin-Milwaukee batting order
1) SS Cole Kraft
2) 2B Andy Gerhartz
3) CF Doug Dekoning
4) DH Josh Groves
5) C Shaun Wegner
6) LF Tim Patzman
7) 3B Paul Hoenecke
8) 1B Shawn Wozniak
9) RF Johann Andes

It certainly didn’t take long for the first home run of the year at Siebert. In the bottom of the first, Derek McCallum sent a two-run shot over the scoreboard in right center off of Panthers starter Cuyler Franzke, who’s proving hittable early. In fact, both pitchers were touched up in the first. Minnesota starter Allen Bechstein surrendered two quick singles in the top of the inning and lead-off man Cole Kraft scampered home on ground ball by Doug Dekoning. Four singles and two more runs for the Gophers in the second inning. Bechstein has settled in nicely; he’s faced just seven batters in the last two innings and is putting both his fastball and off-speed pitches over the plate. Important step for Bechstein today. He put together his longest and best outing of the season with four innings of two-run ball. Though the Panthers loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth, Luke Rasmussen entered in relief and surrendered only a sac fly to minimize the damage and preserve what was otherwise a solid performance by Bechstein. Minnesota doubled its run total in the bottom of the sixth, racking up five runs on five hits. McCallum tripled with the bases loaded and needs just a double to complete the cycle. He also has an outlandish six RBIs on the afternoon.