Minnesota did something last weekend as a team that has not been done in a very long time, complete a sweep. MN came from behind in both games Sunday to complete the three game sweep of NDSU. Saturday nights game was delayed almost an hour due to not having the lights on. Good thing they invented cell phones and after countless calls the lights came on. MN scored three in the bottom of the first. NDSU tied it back up at three in the top of the fourth, but then the bats came a live and scored two more to secure a 5-4 win.
Sunday proved to be a tougher test. Starting pitching was off and the bull pen was relied on to shut down the NDSU bats. Sam Elliott came out of the pen in the fifth inning and shut down NDSU. Elliot pitched extremely well and showed why he is one of the best arms out of a very deep bull pen. The bats came a live in the later innings to gain a W and give Sam his first career win wearing the Maroon and Gold.
Game 3 was a struggle at first with NDSU scoring early and often. NDSU held off until the sixth inning where MN put up a 5 spot in the inning to take the 7-6 lead. The Bison loaded the bases in the top of the seventh where reliever Zach Pohlkamp made the NDSU hitter roll over and ground out to complete the 3 game sweep. Pohlkamp was called on in the fifth inning to shut down the Bison bats and did a great job in getting his first W with the 7-6 win.
The bull pen played a huge roll in the sweep this weekend. They were asked to pitch nine innings giving up three runs and striking out fourteen. They received all three wins and freshmen Brock Chenier recorded the first save of the year in game one. Senior Kevin Rohe pitched two solid innings in game one that gave home his first W as well.
Sam Elliott was rewarded for his pitching performance. He was selected as the conferences top pitcher of the week. We as a staff would like to congratulate Same on his accomplishments. He deserved it after the performance he put on. Congrats Sam!!!!
This coming weekend MN will travel across the boarder to take on Lakehead University in Thunder Bay to close out the fall portion of the schedule. Always stay up to date while following @umnclubbaseball on twitter.