MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota broke through an eighth-inning tie Tuesday evening as the Omaha baseball team dropped a 5-3 decision at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Mavericks are now 4-8 on the season, while the Golden Gophers improve to 9-4.
The win on the mound went to Jackson Rose (2-0), who threw a third of an inning and allowed one hit with one strikeout. Malik Moore (0-1) took the loss after 1.1 innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk with one strikeout. Max Meyer earned his third save with a scoreless, hitless ninth inning.
Thomas DeBonville finished 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a run scored, two RBI and a stolen base. Cole Thibodeau was 2-for-4, scored twice and tallied his third swiped bag of the year, and Hunter Hughes added another 2-for-4 showing.
Omaha got out to a quick lead in the top of the first with a pair of runs on three hits. Thibodeau led off the game with a single to right and advanced two bases after a wild pitch, followed by a full-count walk by Max Gamm to put runners on the corners. DeBonville then reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Thibodeau to score the Mavericks’ first run of the night. After a first-pitch single to right center by Hughes, a Keil Krumwiede RBI single to left drove in DeBonville for a 2-0 advantage.
Minnesota took the lead in the second, using three hits to score a trio of runs. Jordan Kozicky and Meyer both singled, and a sacrifice fly by Ben Mezzenga plated Kozicky. Eli Wilson added an immediate double down the left field line, and Meyer came in next on a balk. A Jack Wassel groundout then drove in Wilson to put the Golden Gophers ahead 3-2.
Both teams were held without another run until the eighth, when Omaha regained the lead. Thibodeau sent a one-out single up the middle, and following a Minnesota pitching change, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. DeBonville came up next with a first-pitch RBI double to center, which knotted the game at 3-3.
The Golden Gophers, however, put together the go-ahead frame in the bottom half of the eighth with two runs on three hits. Meyer led off with a single, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and crossed with Wilson’s RBI double down the left field line. Following a call to the bullpen, Cole McDevitt singled in Wilson, which brought the final tally to 5-3.
Wilson led the way offensively for Minnesota, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Omaha returns to action on Thursday, March 8, beginning a three-game series at BYU. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. CT in Provo, Utah