Dorle Delivers Walk-Off Double, as Gophers Beat Badgers, 2-1

Go Gophers!
Tyler Walker played great defense and scored the winning run on Saturday.

Go Gophers!
Tyler Walker played great defense and scored the winning run on Saturday.
Go Gophers!

April 6, 2013

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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.