April 6, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Senior catcher Kari Dorle drove a one-out double down the left field line to score sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker from second base, giving Minnesota a 2-1 walk-off victory over No. 23/25 Wisconsin on Saturday in the home opener for the Gophers.
The win for Minnesota followed a two-hour, 27-minute rain delay in the opening game of a three-game weekend series. Friday’s game was postponed due to poor weather, and the teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The Gophers (22-12, 5-2 Big Ten) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, as sophomore third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson lined a two-out single into right center and then advanced to second on a fielding error by the right fielder. Junior center fielder Bree Blanchette followed with a single up the middle on the first pitch she saw to score Richardson from second.
Wisconsin (27-5, 5-2) tied the score in the top of the sixth, as Shannel Blackshear led off with a double to the warning track in right center. Megan Tancill pinch ran for Blackshear, and moved up to third on a groundout before scoring on a single up the middle by Kendall Grimm.
The teams started the seventh inning with a steady rain falling, and the umpires made the decision to send the game to a rain delay after three pitches had been thrown. The tarp was removed shortly after 6:00 p.m., and the game resumed at 6:35 p.m.
The Badgers opened the seventh with a single to center field by Stephanie Peace on the first pitch she saw from junior right-hander Sara Moulton, and Peace advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. But Blackshear grounded out for the second out and Peace was picked off second base on a great throw from Dorle to Smyth.
That set the stage for Dorle’s seventh-inning heroics, and Moulton picked up the victory to improve to 19-8 on the season. Moulton threw her 15th complete game of the season, allowing six hits and one earned run, while striking out four and walking three.
Richardson was 2-for-2 at the plate and scored a run, while Dorle was 1-for-4 with her seventh double and sophomore designated player Madie Eckstrom also hit her second double of the season.
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