Live: Minnesota at Indiana baseball, Game 1

UPDATE, End of Game 1: Tom Windle finished up four innings of perfect relief. He struck out left fielder Josh Lyon, got catcher Wes Wilson to pop up to third, and got second baseman Jerrud Sabourin to ground second base to end the game. Minnesota takes Game 1 of the double-header, 3-2.

AJ Pettersen finished 3-for-4 with three runs and the solo home run that broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth. Right fielder Justin Gominksi was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Minnesota. Windle struck out four batters and threw just 47 pitches in four innings of relief. Blake Monar took the loss despite eight mostly solid innings. He struck out five and walked two, but gave up eight hits. All three runs were earned.

Game 2 starts in approximately 30 minutes.

UPDATE, Middle of the Ninth Inning: Right-hander Matt Dearden came on in relief of Monar. He got the first two batters out, then issued a walk and hit a batter, but got catcher Kurt Schlangen to pop up to end the inning. IU goes to the bottom of the ninth down 3-2. Lyon, Wilson and Sabourin coming to the plate.


UPDATE, End of the Eighth Inning: Minnesota lefty Tom Windle continues to cruise. He got third baseman Dustin DeMuth and second baseman Micah Johnson to ground out to him and struck out Alex Dickerson to end the inning. Minnesota heads to the ninth with a 3-2 lead.


UPDATE, Middle of the Eighth Inning: Blake Monar only put one runner on in the eighth, but that was all it took. Minnesota shortstop AJ Pettersen crushed a 1-0 fastball over the left field fence to make it 3-2 Golden Gophers. It was Pettersen’s first homer of the year.


UPDATE, Middle of the Seventh Inning: Impressive combined play by Blake Monar and mostly Micah Johnson to end the inning. Minnesota catcher Kurt Schlangen hit one hard back at Blake Monar. Monar sort of threw his leg at it and it kicked toward Johnson at second base. He changed direction to field it cleanly and made the throw in time to end the inning. Game still tied, 2-2.


UPDATE, End of the Sixth Inning: Tom Windle needed just eight pitches to record three outs in his first inning of relief. Game still tied 2-2.


UPDATE, Middle of the Sixth Inning: After an hour and 45 minute rain/lightning delay, IU left-hander Blake Monar got things moving again quickly. He gave up a single before the delay, but on the second pitch after play resumed, he got Minnesota first baseman Nick O’Shea to ground in to a 5-4-3 double play, then got left fielder Sam Ryan to fly out to center to end the inning. The game is still tied 2-2. Minnesota starter TJ Oakes did not survive the delay. Left-hander Tom Windle is in.


UPDATE, Top of the Sixth Inning: There was some fairly heavy rain earlier in the game, and it cleared up. However, there’s apparently some lightning in the area, and that mandates a 30-minute delay.

UPDATE, End of the Fifth: IU shortstop Michael Basil singled and second baseman Micah Johnson worked a walk, but the Hoosiers weren’t able to get much else out of the fifth inning, as Alex Dickerson grounded out to end it. Game still tied, 2-2.


UPDATE, Middle of the Fifth: Minnesota catcher Kurt Schlangen reached on a perfect push bunt down the first base line to open the inning, but the Gophers couldn’t turn it into anything. IU center fielder T.C. Knipp made an impressive over-the-shoulder catch on a deep fly from Minnesota shortstop AJ Pettersen. Minnesota center fielder Troy Larson grounded into a force play at second, then was picked off to end the inning. The game is still tied, 2-2.


UPDATE, End of the Fourth: TJ Oakes posted a 1-2-3 inning of his own, striking out Wes Wilson and getting Jerrud Sabourin and T.C. Knipp to fly out. Minnesota center fielder Troy Larson made a diving play on Sabourin’s fly ball and kept control after colliding with another Minnesota player. The game is still tied, 2-2.


UPDATE, Middle of the Fourth: Blake Monar is alternating rough innings with 1-2-3 frames. The fourth was of the latter variety. He picked up two more strikeouts. He’s thrown 56 pitches through four. Game tied, 2-2.


UPDATE, End of the Third: Indiana appeared to have missed an opportunity at a run in the third. Third baseman Dustin DeMuth singled up the middle with shortstop Michael Basil, and Basil had plenty of time to round third and score. However, he slipped on the wet grass when he rounded third and had to go back.

No matter, though. Second baseman Micah Johnson and designated hitter Alex Dickerson followed with RBI singles to tie the game 2-2. IU had a chance for more, but left fielder Josh Lyon grounded into a 4-6-3 double play for the second straight time.


UPDATE, Middle of the Third: Minnesota shortstop AJ Pettersen scored his second one of the game after reaching with a one-out double, moving to third on a bunt and scoring on an RBI groundout by right fielder Justin Gominsky. Minnesota leads 2-0 now and Blake Monar has already thrown 45 pitches.


UPDATE, End of the Second: Minnesota’s T.J. Oakes posted a 1-2-3 inning, needing just seven pitches to get two flyouts and a groundout. Minnesota leads 1-0.


UPDATE, Middle of the Second: After a difficult first inning, Blake Monar seems to have found a groove, striking out two batters looking in the second. He’s pounding the strike zone and his curveball has been nasty since the first three hits he allowed. Minnesota still leads 1-0.


UPDATE, End of the First: Indiana put two runners on in the first when third baseman Dustin DeMuth’s fly to left was dropped and Alex Dickerson drew a walk, but left fielder Josh Lyon grounded into a double play to end the inning. Minnesota leads 1-0.


UPDATE, Middle of the First: Minnesota has struggled at the plate for much of the year, but they got a good start today, hitting three singles straight singles off IU’s Blake Monar to open the game. Right fielder Justin Gominsky’s scored shortstop AJ Pettersen to make it 1-0 Golden Gophers. Monar struck out Nick O’Shea looking, however, then got left fielder Sam Ryan to ground in to a double play to end the inning.


It’s still soggy out, but Indiana is going to try to get a doubleheader in today against Minnesota in what could be a crucial Big Ten series. The lineups follow. Apparently Minnesota doesn’t declare a designated hitter until it has to, which is when the No. 7 spot comes up, so they really don’t know who’s going to DH for pitcher T.J. Oakes. Hence the blankness there.

Minnesota (11-15 overall, 3-6 in the Big Ten)

1. AJ Pettersen, ss (.368, 4RBI)

2. Troy Larson, cf (.194, 4 RBI)

3. Justin Gominsky, rf (.316, 5 RBI)

4. Nick O’Shea, 1b (.321, 1 HR, 17 RBI)

5. Sam Ryan, lf (.300, 4 RBI)

6. Kyle Geason, 3b (.250, 13 RBI)

7. The Designated Hitter (TBA)

8. Matt Puhl, 2b (.198, 11 RBI)

9. Kurt Schlangen, c (.143, 0 RBI)

P-TJ Oakes, rhp (3-4, 3.83 ERA, 28 K’s in 47 IP)

Indiana (25-12 overall, 6-3 in the Big Ten)

1. Dustin DeMuth, 3b (.380, 15 RBI)

2. Micah Johnson, 2b (.324, 14 RBI)

3. Alex Dickerson dh (.364, 5 HR, 34 RBI)

4. Josh Lyon, lf (.212, 3 HR, 17 RBI)

5. Wes Wilson, c (.301, 2 HR, 17 RBI)

6. Jerrud Sabourin, 1b (.275, 20 RBI)

7. T.C. Knipp, cf (.272, 18 RBI)

8. Michael Basil, ss (.284, 3 HR, 16 RBI)

9. Matt Serfling, rf (.344, 7 RBI)

P-Blake Monar, lhp (4-2, 3.62 ERA, 44 K’s in 54 2/3 IP)


  1. Thanks for the continued updates, Dustin. The “lightning” delay and my lack of umbrella chased me from Sembower.

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