Davis Keys 4-2 Win Against Albany in Fort Myers

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 Albany 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 5 1
 Minnesota 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 4 6 1
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 Alex Davis  2-for-3, 2B, HR
 Kaitlyn Richardson  2-for-3, R
 Sara Moulton  4.0 IP, H, 7 K, 0 BB
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Feb. 22, 2013

FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Minnesota opened the FGCU/LaQuinta Inn at the Airport Spring Break Invitational with a 4-2 win against Albany to improve to 4-6 on the season.

Senior designated player Alex Davis went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a triple, while sophomore third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson was 2-for-3 and scored a run for the Gophers.

In the circle, Minnesota used three pitchers, with junior right-hander Sara Moulton going the first four innings, allowing just one hit with seven strikeouts and no walks to improve to 4-4 this season. Freshman lefty Nikki Anderson came on for the seventh to record her first career save.

Davis pulled a ball down the left field line and just inside the foul pole to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the second inning. It was the first hit of the season for Davis, and was her 20th career home run.

The Gophers pushed the lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth on a single up the middle by junior center fielder Bree Blanchette, which scored freshman first baseman Paige Palkovich from second base.

Minnesota added to its lead with a pair of runs in the fifth. Sophomore second baseman Erica Meyer led off with a walk and advanced to third on a single to right by Richardson, who advanced to second on the throw. Meyer then scored on a grounder to short by senior catcher Kari Dorle, with Richardson moving up to third, and Richardson scored on a sacrifice fly to the warning track in left by Palkovich.

In the top of the sixth, the Great Danes (0-2) cut the lead in half with a two-run home run to left by Charlise Castro. But Minnesota right-hander Kelsey Kimminau was able to limit the damage, before Anderson came on for the save.

The Gophers play a second game this afternoon, as they face Florida Gulf Coast (4-3) at approximately 4:30 p.m. CT.