SEATTLE – The University of Minnesota (3-11) baseball team concluded its road trip with a 3-2 win at Seattle on Monday. Cole McDevitt was 3-for-5 with two RBI singles. He drove in Zack Raabe twice, including the winning run in the ninth.
The Golden Gophers tallied six hits to the Redhawks’ five. Minnesota led 2-1 for a few innings before Seattle (4-11) tied it in the sixth. It remained 2-2 until McDevitt’s RBI hit in the ninth.
Brett Schulze (2-0) was credited with the win as he recorded the last out of the eighth. Nick Lackney picked up his first save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Seattle took an early 1-0 lead on a bases-loaded grounder in the first, but Minnesota went ahead a few innings later. After the first, starter Sam Thoreson settled in for his longest outing of the season, allowing four hits, one run and three walks, and striking out five in five innings.
A McDevitt single and walks for Max Meyer and Easton Bertrand loaded the bases in the third, and Riley Smith was hit by pitch with two outs to bring in McDevitt for the tie. In the fourth, Zack Raabe hit a single and stole second. Cole McDevitt singled to left to drive in Raabe and make it 2-1.
The Redhawks tied the game in the sixth, taking advantage of a pair of Jake Stevenson walks. They tied the game on a Jake Taylor RBI double. Stevenson, Jeff Fasching and Schulze combined for a scoreless and hitless seventh and eighth with one walk.
Between strikeouts in the ninth, Seattle’s sidearm right-hander, Alden Huschle, hit Raabe with a pitch. Raabe stole second during the second strikeout. This allowed him to score on McDevitt’s hit to left field and put Minnesota ahead for good.
The Gophers will return to the West Coast for a weekend series at Long Beach State starting on Friday. After three games against the Dirtbags, Minnesota will go to Pepperdine for a matchup on Tuesday, March 19.
ROSEMONT, Ill. – A pair of Minnesota men’s basketball players were recognized among the best in the conference, earning a spot on the All-Big Ten teams announced Monday. Senior forward Jordan Murphy was selected to the first team by the media and second team by the coaches, while junior guard Amir Coffey was named to the third team by both groups.
For Murphy, it is his fourth Big Ten honor. He was an All-Freshman Team selection in 2016, then earned third team (coaches/media) after his sophomore season. Last year, he was named to the second team (media) and third team (coaches). Coffey was an All-Freshman selection in 2017.
Murphy becomes the second All-Big Ten first team honoree for the Gophers in the last three years, when Nate Mason broke a 12-year drought in 2017.
One of the most accomplished players in school history, Murphy led the Big Ten in rebounding with 11.7 boards per game, ranking fifth nationally, and tied for third in the country and conference lead with 21 double-doubles. The San Antonio, Texas, native ranked 15th in the Big Ten and led the Gophers scoring 14.5 points per game, including 23 games with 10 or more points this season and five 20-plus scoring efforts. He has started every game this season and is second on the team in field goal shooting (48.5 percent) and blocks (29) while ranking third in assists (82).
Murphy moved into second place on the Big Ten career rebounding chart (1,272), a new school record as well. His 66 career double-doubles is also second in Big Ten history, while his 1,732 career points rank fifth in Gopher program history.
Coffey has had one of the strongest finishes to the season of any Big Ten player, earning back-to-back player of the week nods in the final two weeks. He leads the Gophers and ranks seventh in the conference scoring 16.0 points per game, including the fifth-highest average in Big Ten games (17.6). Coffey has recorded 20 or more points in three straight games, the first Gopher to do so since Andre Hollins in 2015, and his back-to-back 30-point outings was a Gophers first since Vincent Grier did it in 2005.
The Hopkins, Minn., native scored in double figures 25 times this season, including seven games of 20 or more points. Coffey ranks fourth in the Big Ten averaging 34.4 minutes per game, a starter in all 31 games this season.
In addition to the All-Big Ten honor, Murphy was also recognized as the Gophers’ nominee for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
The Gophers earned the No. 7 seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and will open postseason play on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. against the 10th-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions.