SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Five unanswered runs in the final three innings led No. 21/20 Minnesota (12-7) to a 5-3 comeback win against Colorado State to close out the San Diego Classic Sunday morning.
Knotted up at three runs apiece in the top of the seventh, Sydney Dwyer broke the tie and gave the Gophers their first lead of the day as she found open land in the left center gap scoring Danielle Parlich. Macy Gill entered the game to pinch run for Dwyer, scoring three batters late as Erika Rozell snuck one through the left side giving the Gophers their largest lead of the game.
“Carlie [Brandt] came in [the circle] and did a great job. We were challenged in a couple innings and had big hits when had people in scoring position in those innings,” said head coach Jamie Trachsel of the comeback effort. “We have things we have to keep working on, but our confidence is high and we know we have to continue improving on.”
Colorado State jumped on Minnesota starter Amber Fiser early in the game. A leadoff triple followed by a hit-by-pitch and a double put the Rams on the board. A wild pitch two-outs later gave the Rams an early 3-0 lead.
There was no panic from the Gopher defense and offense, collectively clawing their way back in the game. Carlie Brandt entered the circle in relief for Fiser in the third before starting the Minnesota rally on offense in the fifth.
Brandt’s leadoff walk in the fifth set up Ellee Jensen to rope a single up the middle. A pair of groundouts to the following two batters looked as if the Gophers were going to come up short, but then All-American Kendyl Lindaman stepped up to the plate. Lindaman squared up a 1-1 pitch perfectly sending one deep over the center field wall to tie the game at 3-3.
Colorado State was no match for the arm of Brandt the rest of the way. In the win, Brandt struck out six of the 19 batters faced while allowing three hits on no runs. The sophomore right-hander’s efficient work was enough for the Gophers offense to plate two more runs in the seventh for the come from behind win.
Minnesota continues their lengthy road trip as the head back to the west coast. The Gophers travel to Arizona where they will play Arizona State March 9 and 11 with games against Georgetown and Grand Canyon in Phoenix on March 10.
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