The Michigan Wolverines (18-7 record) finished off the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday afternoon in a 9-5 victory in the Twin Cities, giving them their fifth consecutive win. The victory was headlined by three home runs and turned four double plays by the Michigan lineup.
First baseman Ted Burton was the star of the day once again with a double and three RBI on the afternoon. Benjamin Sems had a home run and a pair of RBI, while Clark Elliott had a solo shot of his own in the ninth. Jordon Rogers, Griffin Mazur and Riley Bertram would knock in the other runs for Michigan.
Jacob Denner got the start and the win for the Wolverines on the mound, going five innings and allowing three hits and a pair of runs. He would finish the day with five strikeouts.
Michigan got the scoring started in the second inning on a two-run double from Burton that scored Sems and Mazur. Bertram’s sacrifice fly that scored Tito Flores would give them a 3-0 lead after the top of the second. Minnesota would get a pair of runs back in the bottom of the third on a two-run home run from Easton Bertrand.
Sems’ two-run home run in the sixth brought the score to 5-2 in favor of the Wolverines before the Gophers got one back on an RBI single. Michigan extended its lead again on a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning, while Minnesota scored an unearned run thanks to a throwing error. The Gophers were able to get the deficit down to 7-5 after an RBI double in the eight from Ronald Sweeny.
Elliott’s ninth-inning solo shot and a bases-loaded walk to Burton scored Mazur to give Michigan the 9-5 cushion going into the bottom of the ninth. Willie Weiss closed things out for the second day in a row to help preserve a sweep for Michigan.
Next up for the Wolverines is a three-game series in Ann Arbor this weekend against Rutgers. The first pitch on Friday is set for 4 p.m. ET.