Gophers plan to throw a lot of arms at Northern Iowa

âÄúHome sweet Dome.âÄù ThatâÄôs how junior catcher Kyle Knudson feels now that he and the Minnesota baseball team have returned from their longest road stretch of the season. The Gophers spent 15 days on the road in the past two and a half weeks during a 10-game stint that included eight games in eight days in Texas and a weather-shortened series at Indiana. Tonight, Minnesota is back under the Bubble at 6:35 p.m. for its second midweek game of the season against Northern Iowa . Minnesota and the Panthers met on a Wednesday just less than a month ago. The Panthers shuffled through seven pitchers that evening and the Gophers, lacking time to get a feel for any of the men on the mound, were docile at the plate. Matt Nohelty, Derek McCallum, Michael Kvasnicka and Eric Decker combined for six hits, three runs and three RBIs. The rest of the lineup was silent. Minnesota lost 4-3. âÄúAs a team, I think we were pressing a little bit,âÄù Knudson said. âÄúI think weâÄôll be better this time around.âÄù Also this time around, Northern Iowa can expect to get a taste of its own medicine. Head coach John Anderson said he plans to use seven or eight pitchers, with sophomore Seth Rosin starting to make up for the outing he missed Sunday due to the canceled series finale against the Hoosiers. Rosin will likely only throw an inning, maybe two if heâÄôs especially efficient in the first, and that trend should continue throughout the evening. âÄúWe need to get some guys out there who havenâÄôt pitched,âÄù Anderson said, adding that apart from sophomores Luke Rasmussen and Cullen Sexton, who saw some work against the Hoosiers and wonâÄôt pitch unless really needed, everyone in the bullpen is fair game. Cycling through pitchers quickly isnâÄôt meant to be strategic. ItâÄôs a way for a team to work young or inexperienced arms. But if all the pitchers are executing well, it can be difficult for an opponent to put together any offense. The Gophers learned that against the Panthers. âÄúItâÄôs tough when theyâÄôre throwing a different guy every inning,âÄù Knudson said. âÄúYouâÄôre getting a different set of stuff and you canâÄôt really get comfortable with a pitcher like you can when he throws six or seven innings.âÄù Still, Minnesota has a taste of all Northern IowaâÄôs pitchers, and thereâÄôs one thing the Gophers know the Panthers will throw at them âÄî strikes. âÄúTheyâÄôre a pretty aggressive team,âÄù Kvasnicka said. âÄúYou have to throw the ball over the plate to pitch for them.âÄù