Gophers baseball takes down Harvard

Aleutian Calabay

The Minnesota baseball team played one of their best all-around games of the season on Friday night as they beat Harvard 7-1 in the opening game of the Metrodome Tournament. The Gophers were led by a solid pitching performance by Seth Rosin who went 7 1/3 innings, giving up just one run on four hits while striking out a career-high 12 batters. Troy Larson led the way for Minnesota at the plate, going 3-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Harvard took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but Minnesota came right back to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning as a Matt Puhl RBI single scored Nick O’Shea. The Gophers continued to build their lead in the middle innings as they got RBI doubles from O’Shea in the third, and Michael Kvasnicka in the fifth inning. Minnesota then capitalized on mental breakdowns by Harvard in the bottom of the sixth inning as they scored three unearned runs, highlighted by a two-RBI double by Larson, to take a 6-1 lead. The Gophers added an extra insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Pettersen singled home Drew Hanish. Minnesota now moves on to face Creighton on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. in the second round of the Metrodome Tournament.