June 2, 2007

Bad Day...Better Day

Friday was not such a good day for Gophers competing at the national level.

Men's Golf - entered Friday morning sitting 1 stroke behind the tournament leader Stanford (MN was -6 through those 2 rounds). What did this group of Golden Gophers do on Friday? Well they went +14 and dropping from 2nd to 8th and essentially nullified any chance of winning the tournament.

Baseball - the baseball team opened their NCAA Regional against traditional power Cal-State Fullerton. It wasn't pretty for Minnesota as Cal-State cruised to a 7-1 victory. CSF's Wes Roemer had the Gophers guessing all day as he went 9 innings allowing 1 earned run and recording 7 strikeouts. A 5-run 4th inning for CSF really put MN in a hole that they just couldn't get out of.

Saturday was a better day...

Men's Golf - the team actually dropped 1 position in the standings but it was a much more respectable day as they shot +5 and finished in the top 10 for the second consecutive year. Soph. Victor Almstrom was the top Gopher finisher at 15th overall. Of the 5 Golden Gophers 2 will be graduating so there is a decent nucleus returning. But congratulations to Brad James and his golfers for another fine season.

Baseball - Things looked ominous for the Gophers as the #1 seed was upset yesterday and thus had a date with Minnesota today. This game was interesting but Minnesota managed to sneak out the win and bounce the host San Diego Toreros from the tournament. Minnesota took a 5-0 lead into the 9th inning. Put that game in the bag right? Wrong. San Diego knocked in 5 runs on 4 hits before Oslin came in to pitch and get the remaining 2 outs. Fortunately Minnesota came through in the 10th inning as freshman Derek McCallum singled with the bases loaded to give MN the W. Tomorrow they will face the loser of Fresno State and Cal-State Fullerton. It looks to be a tough day for Minnesota as they will need to win 3 games tomorrow to advance through the Regionals to next weekend's Super Regionals.

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