April 13, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. -- Freshman left-hander Nikki Anderson and junior righty Sara Moulton combined on a complete-game shutout, and junior center fielder Bree Blanchette hit her seventh home run of the season, as Minnesota swept a doubleheader at Illinois with a 2-0 victory.
Anderson worked the first five innings for the Gophers, allowing just three hits and striking out four to improve to 4-2 on the season. Moulton, who earned her 21st win in the Gophers' 5-1 win in the opening game, pitched the final two innings to record her second save of the season.
Blanchette's opposite field solo home run to right proved to be the game-winner for the Gophers. She led off the bottom of the third by lifting a 2-1 pitch to right, and it carried just over the wall to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead.
Minnesota added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, as the Gophers loaded the bases with one out. Sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker drew a one-out walk, and Blanchette followed with a double off the wall in left to put runners at second and third. Sophomore third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson drew a walk to put runners on every base, and sophomore left fielder Erica Meyer drew a walk with two outs to score Walker from third.
Meyer also made a great diving catch of a line drive in foul territory down the left field line in the top of the sixth to help preserve the shutout. Minnesota improved to 25-13 overall and 8-3 in the Big Ten with the win, while the Illini fell to 11-24 overall and 1-10 in the conference.
Minnesota is the home team in the games despite the fact that they're being played in Champaign. The series was originally scheduled to be played in Minneapolis. The teams wrap up their three-game weekend series with a single game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Houlihan, Groenewegen Receive B1G Awards
Maddie Houlihan has received her third Freshman of the Week honor, while Sara Groenewegen garnered her fifth Pitcher of the Week award.
Gophers Win Big on Senior Day
Minnesota completed the weekend sweep over the Maryland Terrapins with a 9-0 victory this afternoon.
Gophers Continue Win Streak
Minnesota moved its win streak to seven with an 11-1 victory over the Maryland Terrapins this afternoon.