Dartmouth used a five-run fifth inning en route to a 10-3 win over the Gophers baseball team Friday night at the Metrodome in the Dairy Queen Classic. Dartmouth opened the season with a victory, while the Gophers dropped to 5-4.
J.T. Canakes led the Gophers offense when he went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Tom Windle picked up his first loss when he allowed five earned runs, walked two and struck out four. Ty McDevitt came on in relief and allowed one earned run and struck out six. Kevin Kray allowed three earned runs.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Gophers stranded runners Ryan Abrahamson and Connor Schaefbauer, but they cut the deficit, 6-0, in half in the bottom of the seventh. Michael Handel singled and advanced to second on a stolen base. Bobby Juan singled to put runners on the corners, and Jake Bergren pinch hit and placed a perfect bunt down the third-base line as Canakes came home. Schaefbauer hit into a fielder's choice as Juan scored the third Gophers run.
The Gophers continue the Dairy Queen Classic on Saturday. Northern Illinois and Dartmouth open the second day with a game at noon.
The distance medley relay team of Travis Burkstrand, Cameron Boy, Harun Abda and Nick Hutton set a Gophers men's indoor track and field record with a time of 9:29.22 at the Alex Wilson Invite in South Bend, Ind.
The team qualified for next weekend's NCAA indoor championships in Fayettville, Ark.
The No. 66 Gophers men's tennis team fell against No. 27 Drake 4-3 at the Baseline Tennis Center, dropping to 3-7 overall.
The No. 14 Gophers scored a season-high 197.175, the second-highest team total in school history, at No. 2 Florida, but the Gators established a school record with a team total of 198.425 to improve to 8-1 this season.