May 22, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following a five-hour rain delay the Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini 9-3. Minnesota moves on to face Michigan on Sunday with the Big Ten tournament championship on the line. The Golden Gophers improve to 43-15 on the season and the Illini fall to 34-22.
Minnesota was led by Robb Quinlan who went two for four with three RBI and one run scored. Quinlan notched his 98th hit of the season to break his own Minnesota single-season record.
Kelly Werner threw Minnesotas second consecutive complete game for the win. He scattered 10 hits while allowing just two earned runs.
Jon Anderson picked up three hits and scored twice to lead the Illinois offense.
The Fighting Illini went out front early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jon Anderson and Todd McClure led off the inning with back-to-back singles. The runners then advanced to second and third on a passed ball. Kevin Rudden drove in both runners with a one-out single to make the score 2-0 Illinois.
The Golden Gophers took the lead in the top of the third with three runs. Jason Kennedy was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice bunt and a ground out put Kennedy on third, Quinlan beat out an infield single to knock in Minnesotas first run. Aron Amundson then singled and Josh Holthaus followed with a double to drive in both runners.
Illinois tied it up in its half of the third. Anderson doubled to start the inning. Three batters later Rudden drove in his third run of the game with a single to make the score 3-3.
Minnesota regained its lead in the sixth. Jack Hannahan walked and Rick Brosseau singled to begin the inning. Mike Arlt then doubled to score Hannahan. After Kennedy walked to load the bases, Scott Howard lifted a sacrifice fly to knock in the second run of the inning. Matt Scanlon followed with a two-RBI triple and give Minnesota a four-run lead. Quinlan then knocked in his second run of the game with a single to make it 8-3.
In the eighth inning Minnesota increased its lead to 9-3. Scott Howard doubled to start off the inning. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Quinlan for the final run of the game.
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