April 6, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 14 Minnesota softball team split a doubleheader Sunday against Big Ten foe Wisconsin Sunday in the team’s first games at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium this season. The Badgers won the first game, 2-1, before the Gophers rebounded to win the second game by a 3-0 score. With the result, the Gophers moved to 28-5 on the season with a 6-2 mark in the conference.
Sara Groenewegen starred in the circle for the Gophers, tossing a two-hit shutout in the second game after taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. She
The first game of the afternoon was a pitcher’s duel that began with three scoreless innings. Wisconsin got on the board first when Marissa Mersch came around on an error in the fourth inning.
Taylor LeMay answered for Minnesota in the bottom of the fifth when she belted her team-leading ninth home run of the season just inside the left-field foul pole. UW took the lead for good in the next frame with another unearned run. The Gophers loaded the bases in the seventh inning, but were unable to capitalize.
Sara Moulton, who surrendered six hits and two unearned runs, suffered her fourth loss of the season, falling to 18-4.
In the second game, Minnesota struck first when LeMay singled home Kelsey Klucas and Kaitlyn Richardson in the third inning. Richardson drove in a third run in the following inning, doubling home Tyler Walker from second base, notching her 36th RBI of the season.
Groenewegen cruised through her first 6.1 innings before conceding a hit. The Badgers put runners on first and second, but Minnesota ended the game by turning a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out double play when the freshman hurler fanned her ninth batter of the game before LeMay threw out Ashley Van Zeeland stealing third.
The White Rock, B.C. native is now 8-0 with a 2.44 ERA on the year.
Next up for the Gophers is a Tuesday doubleheader against Iowa. The games will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network beginning at 3 p.m. Minnesota then returns home for a Friday-Saturday-Sunday series against 23rd-ranked Northwestern.