May 3, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 12/14 Minnesota softball team rebounded from being shut out for the first time on the 2014 season Friday against Purdue to beat the Boilermakers in Saturday’s rematch, claiming a 9-1 victory in a five-inning, run-rule decision. The win vaulted the Gophers’ record to 37-9 with a 15-6 mark in the Big Ten. The Maroon and Gold’s win total of 37 is its highest since 2003 and its 15 Big Ten wins is its most since 1999.
Sara Moulton added to her school records with her 106th-career complete game and her 108th win, allowing an unearned run in five innings of work while striking out six. She now has a Big Ten-best 212 strikeouts this season and has fanned 1,152 batters in her career, a program record.
Minnesota, unlike Friday, put runs on the board in the first inning. The Gophers used a Taylor LeMay double to drive in Kaitlyn Richardson from first to jump in front, 1-0.
The Boilermakers evened the score in the home half of the first, but Tyler Walker knocked home Sydney Fabian with a double in the next half inning.
Fabian’s run was the last until the Gophers broke the game open with a seven-run fourth frame.
In that inning, the first three Minnesota batters reached base, setting up a bases-clearing RBI triple by Walker. Lilly Fecho, who blanked the Gopher in Friday’s series opener, was pulled from the game after Erika Smyth doubled home Walker.
Purdue reliever Lexy Moore was unable to keep the Gophers from tacking on runs in the inning as LeMay belted her team-high 11th home run of the season inside the left-field foul pole to make it a 9-1 game.
Moulton held the Boilermakers off the board in the final two innings to put the eight-run rule into effect, ending the game.
Nine Gophers had either a hit or a run in the victory and both LeMay and Walker had four RBI apiece. LeMay was three-for-three on the day while fellow newcomer Sam Macken extended her team-best hit streak to six games.
The Gophers and Boilermakers will play the rubber match of their three-game series Sunday at 11 a.m. CT. It will be the final regular-season contest for both teams. The Big Ten Tournament begins Thursday in Evanston, Ill.
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