Gophers Lose Opener in NCAA Baseball Tournament
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Joey Rodriguez hit a two-run home run as Wake Forest held on for a 5-3 win over Minnesota on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's College Station Regional.
Johnny Aiello and Kevin Conway added solo homers in the sixth inning and Will Craig — who started at third base and hit clean up — retired the final two batters for his ninth save of the season.
No. 3 seed Wake Forest (35-25) will face Texas A&M in the winners' bracket on Saturday. Second-seeded Minnesota (34-21) will play Binghamton.
Rodriguez's homer in the third opened the scoring. He reached base on a throwing error in the fifth and scored on a wild pitch — the second of the inning.
Minnesota's designated hitter Matt Fiedler hit a two-run shot in the eighth and Riley Smith added a solo homer in the ninth before Craig closed it out.
Dunshee (10-5) had 11 strikeouts, including four in the seventh.
Here is the game wrap.