April 14, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. – Sophomore Kaitlyn Richardson hit a grand slam and sophomore Tyler Walker hit her third home run of the weekend, as Minnesota completed a sweep of Illinois with a 9-3 win on Sunday afternoon.
Richardson’s opposite field grand slam to left center, her eighth home run of the season, broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the third inning. The Gophers were the home team in all three games this weekend in a series that had originally been scheduled to be played in Minneapolis, but was moved to Champaign due to inclement weather in the Twin Cities.
Illinois closed to within 5-3 by scoring twice in the top of the fifth, but Walker’s three-run blast over the fence in right center with two outs in the bottom of the fifth extended Minnesota’s lead back to 8-3. Walker’s home run was her eighth of the season, and she went 6-for-7 with three home runs, a triple, six runs scored and five runs batted in during the three-game sweep.
Junior right-hander Sara Moulton worked her 19th complete game of the season to improve to 22-8. Moulton allowed just four hits and three earned runs, while striking out three and issuing one walk. She recorded two wins and a save this weekend.
Richardson and Walker had similar numbers in the victory. Richardson was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and four RBI, while Walker was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBI.
Minnesota (26-13, 9-3 Big Ten) now travels to Lincoln, Neb., for a rescheduled doubleheader against Nebraska on Tuesday. The Gophers have a half-game lead on the Huskers for second place in the Big Ten standings. First pitch on Tuesday is set for 4:00 p.m. CT.
Minnesota Set for Senior Weekend
The No. 24/23 University of Minnesota Gophers are hosting the Maryland University Terrapins for their final home series this weekend.
Wednesday's Doubleheader Cancelled
Wednesday's doubleheader between Minnesota and North Dakota State has been cancelled.
Gophers Hosting NDSU
Minnesota is set to host North Dakota State tomorrow evening for a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.