Minnesota scored a pair of first-inning runs and never trailed in a 6-1 win over Penn State on Friday to open a three-game weekend Big Ten series.
The Nittany Lions (12-21, 2-7), who have dropped three straight conference games and six of the last seven in the Big Ten, had the bases loaded in the top of the first inning but could not cash in before the Golden Gophers (14-19, 4-9) surged ahead.
Greg Guers belted a third-inning solo home run for Penn State, who were held to six hits by Ben Meyer (3-4), who struck out seven over seven innings. Jess Jordan pitched two hitless innings of relief for the save.
Jordan Smith cracked a three-run homer in the eighth to give Minnesota some insurance.