Oct. 8, 2011
The University of Minnesota softball team takes two against North Dakota State in their final fall doubleheader.
In the first game against the Bison, the Gophers were able to capitalize off of NDSU's mistakes. After the Bison walked the bases loaded, Kari Dorle delivered a double to bring everyone home. Dorle ended her day going 2-3 with three RBI's.
In the bottom of the fifth, Alex Davis delivered a single to drive in another run and push the lead to 4-1. The Bison tried to make a comeback in the top of the six, by scoring a pair of runs on pitcher Kelsey Kimminau, but the freshman closed the door and preserved the 4-3 victory over the Gophers' western rivals.
Last year's Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Sara Moulton, looked impressive as she only allowed one run in four innings of work.
In the second game, the Gophers continued to be opportunistic and generate runs due to Bison errors. With two out in the bottom of the second and Kelsey Klucas on first, Dannie Skrove recorded a bunt single while the senior outfielder advanced all the way home on the NDSU catcher's three-base throwing error.
The Maroon and Gold continued to pour in the runs in the bottom of the fourth as Bree Blanchette tripled in two more runs. Blanchette would end the game with four runs batted in.
The Golden Gophers sprayed a total of 10 hits in the game and completed the sweep over North Dakota State by winning the final game 8-3.
Once again, sophomore sensation Sara Moulton pitched four scoreless innings while striking out six.
Saturday's doubleheader is the end of fall softball for the Gophers, but Minnesota will continue to hold fall workouts until October 26. The team's official start date for the 2012 spring season is slated for January 17.