Mar. 30, 1997

Golden Gophers Defeat Purdue, 15-2

MINNEAPOLIS - Mark Groebner went 4-of-4 with two home runs and seven RBIs as Minnesota completed a four-game sweep against Purdue with a 15-2 victory. Brian Guse added a double, triple, and home run as Minnesota moved into first place in the Big Ten with a 4-0 record.

Groebner hit a two-run homer in the fourth off losing pitcher Russ Morgan to give the Golden Gophers a 3-1 lead. Groebner added RBI singles in the fifth and seventh before his three-run homer to center field in the eighth put the game out of reach for Purdue.

Tony Felling improved his record to 3-1 with seven strong innings. Felling scattered seven hits and allowed two runs with one walk and seven strikeouts. Ted Zrust and Frank Wagner each worked an inning of shutout baseball for Minnesota.

Robb Quinlan and Mark Devore added two hits for the Golden Gophers, who have won 13 of their last 14 games.

Morgan took the loss for Purdue by allowing seven runs on five hits in 4.1 innings. Morgan walked six and struck out four. Daryl Hallada went 2-of-5 with a towering solo homer to right field in the third inning.

Purdue (8-16, 2-6 Big Ten) will travel to Illinois State for a single game on April 1. The Boilermakers host Illinois in a four-game series April 4-6.

Purdue       001 000 100  -  2  7 1
Minneosta    001 241 43x  - 15 17 3
PU: Morgan, Howard (5), Buck (8), Joros (8) and Lorek, Grieco (7).
UM: Felling, Zrust (8), Wagner (9) and Guse, Negen (8).
WP: Felling (3-1). LP: Morgan (0-2).  HR: Hallada (PU), Guse (UM),
Groebner 2 (UM). LOB: PU-9, UM-8 T: 2:54. Attend: 211.