MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota was eliminated from its first NCAA regional at home in 23 years when Wichita State beat the Golden Gophers 5-1 Sunday night at Siebert Field.
The Golden Gophers lost to top-seeded Nebraska 4-1 earlier in the day in the double-elimination tournament. Minnesota also lost two of three in the Big Ten tournament at Siebert Field last weekend.
''Today was an indication of the youthfulness of our offense,'' Gophers coach John Anderson said.
And a reminder of Wichita State's resiliency.
Wichita State won two games Sunday. The Shockers eliminated Butler 15-5 before disposing of the Gophers (38-24), who lost seven of their last 10, all at home.
The Shockers (44-20) will face the Cornhuskers Monday. If they beat Nebraska at 1 p.m., they'll play the Cornhuskers again an hour later for the right to go to an NCAA super regional.
''If they're as good as they looked last week on television, I don't think the Yankees could beat them,'' Wichita State coach Gene Stephenson said of the rested and ready Cornhuskers.
Stephenson said he didn't know who he'll pitch Monday after using six pitchers Sunday.
''We'll take a poll, see if anybody wants to go out there,'' Stephenson said. ''We've gone deeper than we'd like to, but that's part of going in the loser's bracket, it drains your pitching staff.''
Ben Keiter (10-1) kept the Gophers off-balance, scattering seven hits over 7 2-3 innings. The Gophers couldn't even make any of his six walks matter.
''The difference was Ben Keiter,'' Stephenson said. ''We felt like we had to get six innings of quality pitching to have a chance tonight and he gave us that and more.''
Greg Bauer got the last four outs for his 15th save.
Randy Walter's two-run single off Brandon Kitzerow gave the Shockers a comfortable 5-1 lead in the seventh.
The Shockers went ahead 2-0 in the first when Dustin Hawkins scored from third on a wild pitch and Chadd Clarey (6-7) issued four straight two-out walks.
''We were a little too generous tonight,'' Anderson said.
Koyie Hill led off the Shockers' fourth with his fifth homer for a 3-0 lead.
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