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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Gophers pound KU baseball

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Minneapolis — Minnesota scored nine runs in the first two innings and coasted to a 12-7, nonconference baseball rout of Kansas University on Wednesday at Siebert Field.

“They beat us up pretty good,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “This may be the best offensive club we see all season long. They are very physical with the bat. That banged out 23 hits last night and another 18 hits today.”

Kansas (19-26) mustered seven runs off 10 hits.

Michael Tinsley was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, and Colby Wright and Joven Afenir each contributed two hits.

But only one of five KU pitchers could slow the Gophers (29-13).

Tyler Davis surrendered five hits over 32⁄3 scoreless innings, with a walk and four strikeouts.

“Great job by Davis,” Price said. “He goes out and puts the three zeroes up and stops the bleeding. He gave us a chance to get back in it and we did. We cut the lead, 9-7.”

Kansas will host No. 8 Texas Tech, Friday through Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark.

Kansas 303 100 000 — 7 10 1

Minnesota 270 002 01x — 12 18 1

W — Tyler Hanson, 3-2. L —Blake Weiman, 2-5.

2B — Joven Afenir, KU; Dan Motl, Micah Coffey, Jordan Smith, Minnesota. HR — Connor Schaefbauer, Matt Fiedler, Austin Athmann, Minnesota.

KU highlights — Tyler Davis 32⁄3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K; Michael Tinsley 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI; Afenir 2-for-4, R, 2 RBIs; Colby Wright 2-for-4, R, RBI.

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