Ohio State beat the Gophers 3-2 on Thursday night at Siebert Field in Big Ten baseball, scoring the tiebreaking run on Troy Kuhn’s infield single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.

Despite the loss, first-place Minnesota (33-17, 15-6 Big Ten) remained one-half game ahead of Indiana (31-20, 15-7) in the conference race because the Hoosiers lost 4-1 at Nebraska.

Micah Coffey of the Gophers doubled in the second inning and scored on a fielder’s choice to tie the score 1-all. Coffey then had an RBI single in the sixth to put Minnesota ahead 2-1.

The Buckeyes (37-16-1, 14-8), who had scored on a wild pitch in the second, tied the score 2-2 on a passed ball in the seventh.

Matt Fiedler gave up the first two OSU runs. He allowed seven hits and struck out seven in 6⅓ innings.


MSU Mankato upsets St. Cloud State

Visiting Minnesota State Mankato edged top-seeded St. Cloud State 1-0 in 11 innings in a first-round game of the NCAA Division II Central Region baseball tournament.

Dalton Roach threw a four-hitter for the Mavericks, striking out 12 and walking two. He threw 171 pitches. Josh Wenzel, who led the off the 11th with an infield hit, scored the winning run on Chase Lonetti’s sacrifice fly.

Huskies starter Reese Gregory threw 10 scoreless innings, giving up four hits, before Logan Spitzack relieved him and took the loss.



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