April 26, 2013
COLUMBUS, OHIO - Junior right-handed pitcher Sara Moulton threw a complete-game one-hit shutout, and sophomore shortstop Tyler Walker went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, as Minnesota opened a three-game series at Ohio State with a 3-0 win on Friday evening.
Minnesota (29-15, 10-5 Big Ten) quickly took a 1-0 lead, as Walker opened the game with a double to the wall in left center, and she scored on a one-out single to center by junior center fielder Bree Blanchette.
The Gophers stretched the lead to 2-0 in the top of the second inning when freshman right fielder Kayla Wenner drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on back-to-back sacrifice bunts by sophomore second baseman Erika Smyth and freshman first baseman Paige Palkovich. Wenner then scored on a two-out single to center by Walker.
Walker gave the Gophers a 3-0 lead by opening the fifth inning with a line drive home run to left center, her team-leading 10th home run of the season.
In the circle, Moulton was dominant, allowing just one hit and a pair of walks, while striking out 11 Ohio State batters to improve her record to 25-9 this season. The lone hit for the Buckeyes was a clean single to center by Maddie McIntyre to lead off the fifth.
The complete game was the 20th of the season for Moulton, who also increased her strikeout total to 238 in 209.0 innings pitched.
The teams continue the series on Saturday, with a game at 1:00 p.m. CT.
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