May 9, 1998
Minnesota Sweeps Baseball Doubleheader from Wildcats
Northwestern gives up three run in first inning of both games.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Golden Gophers used three runs in the first inning of both ends of the doubleheader as Minnesota (42-12, 19-8 Big Ten) swept Northwestern (26-26, 9-18 Big Ten) on Saturday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park, 4-0 and 4-2. The two teams conclude the series with a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday.
Minnesota opened game one with three runs off three hits in the top of the first, including a two-out, two-RBI double by shortstop Rick BrosBrosseau. The Gopher lead became 4-0 in the fifth inning on a solo homer by Adam Horton. UM starter Dan McGrath (9-2) allowed just five hits in the complete game shutout, and permitted just one NU runner to reach second base. First baseman Patrick Thompson went 2-for-3 for the Wildcats, while John Seaman (9-6) took the loss, allowing seven hits and four runs in seven innings.
Game two started off the same as the previous contest, with three Minnesota runs in the top of the first inning as Craig Selander, Mark Groebner and Mike Arlt posted RBIs for the Gophers. The Wildcats got on the board in the bottom of the third on a solo homer by center fielder Kris Musselman, his fourth of the season, bringing the score to 3-1. The 'Cats inched closer in the bottom of the fifth inning, making the score 3-2 on a sacrifice fly by Musselman. NU had the bases loaded with two outs, but DH Brian Baron flied out to deep center field to end the rally. Groebner led off the sixth inning with a solo homer to right field to put Minnesota ahead for good, 4-2. Brad Pautz (5-3) picked up the win for UM, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings. Phil Rosengren (1-6) took the loss for NU despite fanning a career-high 10 batters.