April 24, 2013
AMES, IOWA - Minnesota got home runs from Kayla Wenner and Tyler Walker to jump out to a 9-1 lead, then thwarted a late Iowa State rally, as it posted a 12-6 win in the first game of a doubleheader at the Cyclone Sports Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
Junior pitcher Sara Moulton improved to 23-9 on the season by going 6.1 innings and allowing six hits and one earned run, while striking out nine and walking just one. Moulton allowed the ISU run in the bottom of the first, as the Cyclones took a 1-0 lead.
But Wenner hit her sixth home run of the season with two outs in the top of the second, scoring sophomore Erica Meyer to give Minnesota a 2-1 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Sophomore Tyler Walker led off Minnesota's three-run fifth with a double down the line in left, and scored when senior Kari Dorle reached on a throwing error during a sacrifice bunt. Meyer added a two-run single to right center to extend the lead to 7-1.
The Gophers quickly made it 9-1 in the sixth, as freshman Paige Palkovich opened the inning with a double down the left field line, and Walker followed with a home run to left. It was Walker's ninth home run of the season, which ties her with sophomore Kaitlyn Richardson for the team lead and equals the total she hit during her freshman year.
Iowa State didn't give up, though, as the Cyclones rallied for five runs on six hits against sophomore right-hander Kelsey Kimminau in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the lead to 9-6 before Moulton returned to the circle to close out the victory.
Minnesota responded with three runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a two-run double into the left field corner by Palkovich.
Palkovich finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of runs batted in, while Walker was 2-for-5 and also scored twice and drove in two runs. Wenner was 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Meyer was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
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