Minnesota completed their first weekend of games of the year. The weekend did not go as planned. On Saturday MN and MSUM split the double header. Game one was a pitchers duel from the first pitch. MN starting pitcher Marshall Dalziel went five strong innings fanning three, walking one, hitting two, giving up two unearned runs. He also scattered three hits over his five innings of work and ended up getting the no decision. "It was a dog fight from the get go, I knew what kind of team MSUM had and knew I needed to make pitches. It is always a bummer throwing a good game and the bad guys end up winning." MN ended up giving up knotting the game up at 2 in the top of the 6th, but gave up 2 in the bottom of the 6th. MN showed life in the 7th with adding one more and ended up leaving runners on base to end the game.
Game two was a very different story. MN sent 9 guys to the dish in the top of the first while pushing across 3 and never looked back. Derek Plath was very effective on the mound. Tossing four innings, giving up one unearned run, striking out three and only surrendering one walk. MN ended up ten running MSUM with a final score of 11-1.
Game three was a lop sided affair with MN being on the losing side. MSUM scored 6 in the bottom of the 1st. MN could not recover and ended up losing 11-1.
From the offensive side MN got a lot of production from Sam Nelson. Sam went 5-10 with 2RBI over the weekend. Luke Burns went 3-5 over the weekend as well. Defense was the killer on the weekend for the team. You always hear "defense wins championships" and that is very true. MN has had 2 weeks to prepare for NDSU this upcoming weekend (Sat 7pm at Northeast Athletic Field, Sun a DH at 11am at Van Cleve Field). Hopefully the rust is off and the team can win a series and even up their record in the conference.
We hope to see you at the games this weekend.