Date with Augsburg ends 27-game homestand

The Gophers have won seven straight games while averaging 5.4 runs.

by Samuel Gordon

Minnesota has already played more home games this season than it did the entire 2011 season.

There are still 13 more on the docket for 2012, but the team’s 27-game early-season homestand will conclude Tuesday against cross-town counterpart Augsburg.

“I hoped through this homestand that we would get better,” Gophers head coach John Anderson said Sunday, “and we have gotten better.”

Minnesota (16-13) has averaged 5.4 runs per game in its last seven contests, all wins.

In their first 19 games at the Metrodome, the Gophers were scoring 3.9 runs a game on average. They were 8-11 in that span.

Augsburg is enjoying a nice 2012 season. They’re 15-5 and have won 10 of their past 12 games.

The Gophers beat Hamline, their lone Division III opponent thus far, 3-2 in a 16-inning marathon March 7.

Anderson said Sunday that he’s hoping the momentum generated by Minnesota’s seven-game winning streak carries through the week and into this weekend’s road series against Ohio State.

“We’re playing with some confidence,” he said.

“It’s a bit easier going on the road with some confidence than if you were struggling and wrestling a bit with the game.”