The Minnesota Golden Gophers evened up their series with the Indiana State
baseball team on Saturday, scoring twice in the third inning and once in the
seventh to earn a 3-0 shutout victory inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
Minnesota's Ben Meyer threw the complete game shutout, fanning 11 ISU batters while allowing five hits and no walks. Senior Devin Moore started for Indiana State and took the loss, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings with six strikeouts. Junior Kurt Kudrecki pitched the final two innings for ISU, allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts.
The Golden Gophers (12-7) got their first baserunner against Moore in the third inning, coming on a one-out single by Bobby Juan. Mark Tatera, Andy Henkemeyer and Troy Larson followed with three consecutive singles, Juan scoring on Henkemeyer's single to left. UM went in front 2-0 following a groundout by Matt Halloran. Minnesota tacked on a run in the seventh inning as Tatera plated Ryan Abrahamson with a double into the gap in right-center.
Meyer pitched outstanding on Saturday, allowing ISU (6-7) to put a runner on second base just two times and never faced more than five hitters in a single inning. Freshman Taylor Steen led the Sycamore batters, going 2-for-3 at the plate for his first career hits at Indiana State.
Indiana State and Minnesota meet in the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday, with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. (ET), 12:00 p.m. locally in Minneapolis. Sunday's game can be heard live online for free at GoSycamores.com.