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Gophers baseball coach John Anderson, left, chatted with former Gopher and Twins Paul Molitor on opening day at the new Siebert Field in Minneapolis on April 5.

Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune file

Anderson notches 500th Big Ten baseball victory

  • Article by: NEWS SERVICES
  • April 15, 2013 - 12:35 AM

Gophers baseball coach John Anderson recorded his 500th Big Ten victory, and his Gophers completed a three-game sweep of Northwestern with a 7-1 victory Sunday in Evanston, Ill.

The victory also improved the Gophers to 22-13 overall, 7-2 in the conference. They have won all three of their series in conference play; they earlier took series over Michigan and Ohio State.

A five-run seventh inning broke the game open for the Gophers. Andy Henkemeyer capped the rally with a two-run triple, and the Gophers also benefited from two Wildcats errors and a wild pitch in the inning. Henkemeyer went 3-for-5, and Connor Schaefbauer was 2-5 with an RBI.

D.J. Snelten worked 6⅔ innings, allowing four hits, for his third victory of the season.

U tennis team wins

The Gophers men’s tennis team defeated Purdue 5-2 at the university’s Baseline Tennis Center, improving to 7-2 in the Big Ten with two regular-season matches to go.

Rok Bonin and Juan Pablo Ramirez opened the day with an 8-2 victory over Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne at the second doubles position. After the Gophers secured the doubles point, Bonin beat Mark Kovacs 6-0, 6-2 for a 3-0 Gophers lead.

• The Gophers women’s tennis team (9-12, 3-6 Big Ten) lost 6-1 to 23rd-ranked Purdue (15-3, 7-2) in West Lafayette, Ind. Natallia Pintusava was the lone Gophers winner, 6-3, 6-2 over Mara Schmidt at No. 1 singles.

Golfers third at Iowa

The Gophers men’s golf team tied Charlotte for third place at 16-over-par 880 at the 12-team Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City. Nebraska (887) was fifth.

Alex Gaugert shot 2-under 214 and placed fourth individually for the Gophers. Erik Van Rooyen (216) tied for sixth. Kansas (867) won the team title by one stroke over Iowa.

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