Minnesota State's Jason Hoppe near scoreless inning streak record as team chases D2 title

The last time Jason Hoppe let the other team score, more than seven weeks ago, Minnesota was still seeing regular snow.

Just a few more outs without a run, and the junior right-hander will set a lofty record.

Hoppe (HOP'-ee) has a streak of 51 2-3 straight scoreless innings he'll take to the mound on Thursday for Minnesota State in the NCAA Division II baseball tournament. The all-time single-season college mark is 54, set in 2006. With a win, the Mavericks will advance to the national championship game for the first time in program history.

Hoppe last allowed a run in the first inning of his start on April 7. He has a 1.03 ERA and four shutouts this season.