Pictured: Dan Zailskas was 2-for-3 with an RBI Friday at Minnesota (David Silverman)
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Minnesota Gophers scored three unearned runs in the sixth inning to break open a close game as the hosts defeated Harvard, 7-1, in the second game of the Metrodome Tournament. All told, Minnesota scored five runs with two outs to separate an otherwise defensive-minded game.
Harvard (2-2) will face South Dakota State Saturday afternoon in its second of three games at the dome. Minnesota improves to 5-7 with the victory.
The Crimson jumped on top in the second inning when Sam Franklin singled with one out, stole second and came around on a single to the right-centerfield gap by Dan Zailskas.
Minnesota pitcher Seth Rosin settled in and turned in a dominant effort with 12 strikeouts against no walks and four hits in 7.1 innings. Rosin has not walked a batter in over 20 innings this season.
Working against Harvard lefty Brent Suter (0-1), Minnesota tied the game in the second before scoring two-out runs in the third and fifth innings.
In the sixth against reliever Zach Hofeld, Minnesota benefitted from two errors to score a trip of runs with two-outs.
Zailskas led Harvard with a 2-for-3 effort offensively while Troy Larson was 3-for-5 for Minnesota.