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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Minnesota jumped out to an early lead en route to a 17-1 victory over Penn State in Big Ten baseball action Saturday afternoon on Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Minnesota (28-15, 11-6 Big Ten) scored in each of the first four innings to build an 11-0 lead, and added three runs in the sixth and three more in the eighth on a three-run home run by third baseman Micah Coffey. Coffey paced the Golden Gophers by hitting for the cycle, ultimately going 4-for-5 with four runs, six RBIs and a walk.
Freshman centerfielder Mason Nadeau (Lansdale, Pa.) hit his second home run of the season to pace the Penn State (14-31, 2-15 Big Ten) offense, while catcher Alex Malinsky (Apex, N.C.) joined Nadeau with a two-hit game, hitting a double and base hit. Nadeau’s home run went over the right field wall in the sixth inning.
The Gophers had six players record multi-hit games. Shortstop Terrin Vavra finished a home run shy of the cycle and right fielder Jordan Smith matched Coffey’s four hits. Second baseman Luke Pettersen doubled as part of a two-hit day and drove in three runs.
First baseman Toby Hanson, who finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run, drove in the game’s first score and Pettersen capped the five-run opening frame with a two-RBI single up the middle. Vavra doubled to give Minnesota two runners in scoring position to lead off the second, and Coffey singled to score both. Smith added an RBI-single to cap the three-run inning.
The early 8-0 cushion was more than enough for RHP Brett Schulze (4-2), who worked seven innings and allowed the one run on four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks allowed.
Penn State and Minnesota are set to conclude the series Sunday starting at 1 p.m.
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