March 23, 2013
IOWA CITY, IOWA - Minnesota completed a three-game sweep at Iowa to open Big Ten play by scoring eight runs in the final two innings to post a decisive 10-1 win against the Hawkeyes.
Minnesota (20-10, 3-0 Big Ten) trailed 1-0 through the first three innings, as the Gophers stranded nine runners on base in those innings. But Minnesota finally broke through with a pair of runs in the fourth, then added two more in the sixth and six runs in the seventh to complete the sweep.
Freshman left-hander Nikki Anderson started in the circle for the Gophers and improved to 3-1 this season after allowing three hits and striking out three in 4.2 innings pitched. Sophomore Kelsey Kimminau came on in relief and pitched the final 2.1 innings for the Gophers.
Offensively, sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and two runs scored, while junior Bree Blanchette went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and scored one run, and sophomore designated player Madie Eckstrom's two-run double in the fourth gave the Gophers the lead. Senior first baseman Alex Davis also had a pair of runs batted in on a single during the six-run seventh inning.
Minnesota returns to the road next weekend for a three-game series at Northwestern.
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