April 9, 2000
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-13 overall, 5-2 in the Big Ten) jumped to a 7-0 lead and never looked back to win the first game of a doubleheader over the Ohio State baseball team (21-10 overall, 4-3 in the Big Ten), 13-5 at Siebert Field. The Buckeyes still hold a 2-1 edge in the four-game series.
In the bottom half of the first inning, the Golden Gophers took an early 2-0 lead. Jason Kennedy led off and reached base on an error by OSU first baseman Nick Swisher (Fr., Parkersburg, W.Va). Luke Appert immediately followed with his fourth home run of the season on the first pitch offered from OSU starting pitcher Brandon Steen (So., Hendersonville, Tenn.) to give Minnesota the first lead of the ballgame.
Minnesota tacked on four more runs in the bottom half of the second inning. Mark Devore had a one-run single and Appert chipped in with a two-run single to increase the Gopher lead to 5-0.
In the bottom of the third inning, Devore added a two-run single to give the Gophers a 7-0 lead.
OSU scored its first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning. Chad Ehrnsberger (Jr., Kalida, Ohio) led off with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Joe Wilkins (So., Grove City, Ohio) to cut the Minnesota lead to 7-1. But Minnesota responded in the bottom half of the inning. Rick Brosseau spanked a RBI double, Jack Hannahan added a two-run single and Scott Howard drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to increase the Minnesota lead to 11-1.
In the top of the fifth inning, the OSU bats began to heat up. With two outs, John Mayor (Jr., Chesterfield, Mo.) and Ehrnsberger reached base on back-to-back singles. Jason Turner (Sr., Versailles, Ohio) then blasted a 1-0 offering from Minnesota starting pitcher Chadd Clary over the rightfield wall for a three-run home run. The blast was Turner’s ninth of the season and cut the Gopher lead to 11-4. In the top of the sixth inning, Swisher led off and took the first offering from Clary and belted it over the centerfield wall for his fourth home run of the season. The solo shot cut the Minnesota lead to 11-5. Swisher finished the game going 3-for-3 with two doubles and the home run.
Steen was the losing pitcher. His record dropped to 4-2 on the season. He went 2.2 innings, threw 68 pitches, gave up seven hits, seven runs (six earned) and struck out two. Clary was the winning pitcher. He improved to 4-2 on the season with six innings of work.
Game two of the doubleheader will begin at approximately 3:45 p.m.