Gopher men’s baseball: Minnesota sweeps Western Illinois


The Minnesota Gophers completed its first sweep of the baseball season in impressive fashion over the weekend against Western Illinois.

The Gophers, 10-5 on the season, overcame a two-run deficit on Sunday afternoon to secure the sweep at the Metrodome by winning 5-3.

On Friday night, pitcher Tom Windle pitched the first no-hitter for the Gophers since 1993.  During his outing, the junior completed the game with eight strikeouts in the 3-0 victory.

Windle became the first Minnesota pitcher in history to pitch a complete game no-hitter.

The performance carried over to the rest of the weekend and sparked stout pitching performances from other Minnesota starters.

Ben Meyer pitched his second consecutive quality start on Saturday night to a Gophers 5-1 win.  He went eight innings and allowed only one run, giving up six hits and also striking out six.

Senior outfielder Andy Henkemeyer continued his hitting tear over the weekend, collecting his fifth double of the season.  After the sweep, Henkemeyer increased his team-best batting average to .350.

As a team, Minnesota is batting. 256 but boasts a 2.86 ERA through 15 games.

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