A long Friday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha spilled into Saturday for the Iowa baseball team, which fell to Minnesota 3-0 in a Big Ten tournament elimination game.
The No. 8-seed Hawkeyes (31-24) upset No. 1-seed Indiana in the first round but followed with losses to No. 5-seed Nebraska and No. 4-seed Minnesota (28-26).
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Turning point: Iowa starter Cam Baumann walked the leadoff hitter in each of the first three innings, and he couldn't work his way out of hit in the third. Ben Mazzenga scored from third on Eli Wilson's single to center to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead, the only run they would need. Minnesota still added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth on Jordan Kozicky's RBI single and Wilson's RBI double.
MVP: Ryan Duffy continued a trend of dominance for Minnesota's bullpen, allowing three hits and a walk in 3 2/3 shutout innings. He struck out four Hawkeyes before making way for closer Brett Schulze, who worked around some traffic to send Minnesota to the semifinals. Gophers relievers have allowed just one unearned run in 17 postseason innings.
Key stat: 1-18. Iowa produced just one hit with runners on base in 18 at-bats. The Hawkeyes brought the tying run to the plate three times in the bottom of the ninth, but Austin Martin flied out, Brendan Sher grounded out (on a bang-bang play that was upheld via review) and Chris Whelan struck out looking.
Up next: After losing five straight games to end the regular season, Iowa's resume won't be good enough for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Minnesota will face No. 7-seed Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday (BTN). Nebraska and Michigan square off first at 9 a.m.