May 18, 2013
SEATTLE, WASH. – Junior pitcher Sara Moulton threw a complete game one-hitter with 13 strikeouts, as Minnesota avoided elimination by defeating Portland State on Saturday afternoon at the Seattle Regional.
Moulton (32-11) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and didn’t allow the lone hit by the Vikings until catcher Lauran Bliss lined a single just over the glove of shortstop Tyler Walker, who leaped high in the air but just missed making the catch.
Minnesota (36-18) took advantage of three Portland State errors to score its runs. The Gophers opened the scoring in the bottom of the third, as Walker was hit by a pitch with one out, and then reached third on a grounder by senior catcher Kari Dorle that the third baseman fielded and her throw to second went into center. Sophomore third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson followed with a sacrifice fly to left to give the Gophers a 1-0 lead.
The Gophers added four runs in the fourth, as freshman first baseman Paige Palkovich was hit by a pitch to open the inning, and she advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore second baseman Erika Smyth that third baseman Crysta Conn fielded and, once again, had her throw to second for the force out go into center.
Senior designated player Alex Davis drove in Palkovich with a fielder’s choice grounder to third, with Palkovich getting under the tag at home plate. Walker then singled to left with one out, and the ball got past the Vikings’ left fielder, allowing both Smyth and Davis to score. Walker wound up at second on her base hit, and advanced to third on a grounder by Dorle before scoring on a single to left by Richardson.
Minnesota advanced to play No. 20 Hawai’i in an elimination game at 8:00 p.m. CT.
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