March 15, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Sophomore third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson hit a towering two-run home run to right center in the top of the sixth inning to provide the winning runs in Minnesota’s 3-2 win at Florida State on Friday evening.
The victory was Minnesota’s first in five tries against FSU, and it snapped the Seminoles’ 10-game winning streak. Minnesota (14-9) won for the ninth time in its past 11 games, while Florida State fell to 20-9 with its first loss since March 1.
Minnesota wasted little time establishing a lead in the top of the first, as senior catcher Kari Dorle hit a one-out double to center. Freshman Hannah Skallman pinch ran for Dorle, and Richardson picked up her team-leading 16th RBI with a single to center to score Skallman.
The Gophers ran into a bit of trouble in the bottom of the third inning, as Florida State put together a two-out rally to score a pair of runs and take a 2-1 lead. The Seminoles drew a pair of walks and collected three singles to tie the game and load the bases.
With a 2-0 count on FSU’s Morgan Bullock, Minnesota made a decision to replace junior starting pitcher Sara Moulton with freshman left-hander Nikki Anderson. Bullock drew a walk from Anderson to give Florida State the lead, but Anderson struck out the next batter to limit the damage, and she kept the Seminoles off the board through the end of the fifth inning.
That’s when the Gophers jumped back in front, as sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker led off the sixth with a double off the wall in left. Dorle moved Walker to third with a sacrifice bunt, and Richardson provided the eventual winning runs by crushing her fourth home run of the season to right-center to give Minnesota the 3-2 lead. Richardson’s home run caromed off a light standard, approximately 40 feet off the ground.
Moulton re-entered the game in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a single in each of the final two innings, but holding FSU scoreless to record her second career save. Moulton ended with a line of 4.2 IP, seven hits, two earned runs, six strikeouts and a pair of walks. Anderson recorded her first collegiate victory to improve to 1-1, allowing just two hits in 2.1 IP.
Richardson was 3-for-3 and drove in all three runs for the Gophers, while Walker was 1-for-3 and scored a run, and Dorle was 1-for-2 with her second double of the season.
Minnesota plays a single game on Saturday, facing Georgia Southern (14-10) at 1:00 p.m. CT.
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