Wenner and Richardson Homer in 3-2 Loss at No. 18/21 Nebraska
April 16, 2013
LINCOLN, NEB. - Freshman Kayla Wenner and sophomore Kaitlyn Richardson each hit solo home runs, but No. 18/21 Nebraska rallied for a 3-2 win against Minnesota in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Bowlin Stadium.
Minnesota (26-14, 9-4 Big Ten) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning with the pair of solo home runs. Wenner led off with her fifth home run of the season by driving the ball over the fence in center.
Sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker followed with a double off the wall in left, but the Huskers turned a double play when senior catcher Kari Dorle lined out to the second baseman, who caught Walker off the bag for the second out. But Richardson quickly made it 2-0 by lining her ninth home run of the season just inside the right field foul pole.
Nebraska answered with a run in the bottom of the third, cutting the Gophers' lead to 2-1 when Taylor Edwards led off with a double down the left field line and scored on a one-out suicide squeeze bunt by Hailey Decker.
Edwards tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, hitting a solo home run to left field that bounced off the glove of sophomore Erica Meyer and cleared the wall to knot the score at 2-2.
Then, with two outs and the bases loaded, Dawna Tyson was hit by a pitch from junior right-handed pitcher Sara Moulton (22-9) to score Decker from third and give the Huskers a 3-2 lead.
Nebraska (31-9, 9-3) secured the victory by retiring the Gophers in order over the final four innings. Richardson led the offense by going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Wenner was 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.
Moulton took the loss after going 5.0 innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs, while striking out four and walking three.
The victory allowed the Huskers to move ahead of the Gophers into sole possession of second place in the Big Ten. The Huskers now hold a one-half game lead on Minnesota heading into the second game of the doubleheader.