Minnesota Completes Sweep With 3-2 Win in Game Two
April 15, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota starter Katie Dalen allowed just four hits as the Golden Gophers picked up a 3-1 win over Indiana in the second game of a Big Ten doubleheader to complete the sweep on Sunday, April 15.
Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Indiana (19-21, 1-7 Big Ten) scored its lone run of the game in the inning. Senior Heather Hohs reached on an error to lead off the frame, but was erased at second on a fielder's choice by junior Julia Hamilton. After stealing second, Hamilton took third on a groundout. Classmate Jennilee Huddleston then coaxed a two-out walk, and redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi dropped a bloop single into shallow center to score Hamilton.
The Hoosiers had a chance to add more, as senior Rachel Terry drew a walk to load the bases for senior Kim Richards. Dalen worked her way out of further trouble, getting Richards to foul out to end the inning with only one run coming across.
The Golden Gophers (15-16, 2-4) drew first blood in the top of the third inning. Colleen Powers led off the frame with a double to right past a diving Heather Hohs, and Chrissy Sward followed with a single up the middle to put runners at the corners. One out later, Colleen Conway singled down the left field line to score Powers with the first run of the game. IU starter Jennifer Moore avoided further trouble, getting an infield fly and a flyout on the warning track in left to limit the damage.
Minnesota would add what would prove to be the winning run in the top of the fifth inning, when Lisa Parks smashed a two-out single off Moore's hip to score Megan Higginbotham from second. Moore would leave the game after that, and reliever Monica Wright got a grounder to second to end the inning.
The Gophers tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning, using a double from Higginbotham and back-to-back singles from Conway and Mandy Valadez to put their third run on the board.
The Hoosiers had scoring chances in the first and third innings, but could not convert either time. In the bottom of the first, sophomore Sarah Padove drilled a double to right center with one out. Huddleston followed with an infield single, but Dalen struck out the next two IU batters to keep the game scoreless.
In the third inning, Hamilton reached on a Minnesota fielding error with one out. After Hamilton stole second base, Padove was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with just one out. Padove was erased on a fielder's choice for out number two, and a groundout to second base would end the inning.
Indiana tried one last time to mount a comeback in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Hamilton led off the frame by singling down the left field line, but she was nipped by an eyelash at second on a fielder's choice on the next play. The following play was virtually the same, with Padove out at second on a fielder's choice, but Huddleston hustled down the line to stymie the Gophers' attempt at the double play. Dalen ended the contest by fielding a grounder and tossing over to first for the final out.
Higginbotham was 3-for-4 with two runs scored to lead Minnesota, while Hamilton, Padove, Huddleston and Yamaguchi accounted for IU's four hits.
Dalen improved to 4-4 on the season, allowing just one run on four hits and three walks in 7 innings of work. Moore took the loss, falling to 5-7 after allowing two runs on six hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Wright worked 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits.
Minnesota also won game one of the doubleheader, 5-4 in eight innings.
Indiana returns to action on Monday, April 16, with a doubleheader at Wisconsin. Game one is set for 11 a.m. Central time.
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