March 10, 2012
Game 1: Minnesota 13, Bethune-Cookman 0 (5 innings)
The Gophers came out with a vengeance on the second day of the Embassy Suite Classic as they put together a nine-run fifth inning to defeat Bethune-Cookman, 13-0. Junior Kari Dorle headed the Gophers’ potent offense with a pair of home runs and six runs-batted in.
After carrying a 3-0 lead into the top of the fifth, Minnesota put it to the Wildcats by garnering nine runs on eight hits in the top half of the inning. The Gophers first pair of runs came on Dorle’s first home run down the left field line, which brought freshman Kaitlyn Richardson in. Sophomore Bree Blanchette would push two more across later in the inning with a two-out single. Freshman Tyler Walker scored Blanchette in the following at bat on a triple while Richardson singled in Walker. Dorle capped off high scoring inning in similar fashion as how she started it with a three-run home run.
The top four batters in the Gophers’ lineup were the difference makers in the game as they went a combined 8-for-11 at the plate and scored 10 runs. Walker tallied three hits, scored three runs and stole two bags while Richardson went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and scoring three runs.
With the score at 13-0 after the top of the fifth, freshman Kelsey Kimminau came in to close out the game with a three up, three down inning.
Senior Alissa Koch garnered the win for the Gophers as she threw four innings and allowed only three hits and fanning six batters. Koch improves to 4-2 on the year.
Game 2: Minnesota 5, Florida Atlantic 1
In the night cap, the Gophers wasted no time jumping on Florida Atlantic University (8-17) behind a stellar pitching performance from sophomore Sara Moulton. She picked up her 13th win and second no-hitter of season in the 5-1 victory.
Minnesota put up two runs early in the first inning when Richardson blasted a double scoring fellow freshman Erica Meyer. Richardson would come in to score on a wild pitch from Samantha Messer.
In the bottom of the third, the Gophers plated three more runs to take a 5-0 lead. Richardson kicked off the inning singling and advancing to second on an Owl error. Dorle came through with a single in the next at bat to score Richardson. The offensive surge continued with junior Alex Davis who doubled bringing Dorle’s pinch runner, Josie Solie, across the plate. The final run of the third was knocked in by freshman Hannah Granger who doubled deep into right center plating Davis.
The Owls would threaten in the top of the fifth after loading the bases with one out on two walks and an error. FAU scored its only run on a fielder’s choice from the bat of Joshlyn Martinez to score Laura Mann.
Moulton struck out fourteen in the no-hit performance.
The Gophers return to action tomorrow to wrap up the Embassy Suites Classic versus Boston College at 10 a.m.
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