Gophers Breeze to Another Win; Senior Day Next
MINNEAPOLIS (gopherSports.com) - The No. 24/23 University of Minnesota Gophers moved their win streak to seven with an 11-1 victory over Maryland Saturday.
They have outscored their opponents 64-13 in that span.
Maryland went up 1-0 after the first inning but Maddie Houlihan sparked the offense homering for the second straight day in the second inning and the Gophers never looked back.
"It was not all that pretty in the first couple innings but the team stayed resilient," head coach Jessica Allister said. "Maddie Houlihan put together a great at bat to tie the game and we strung together great at bats after to put the game away."
After Houlihan's home run both Paige Palkovich and Kayla Wenner reached base. They both scored after an error as Sydney Dwyer placed a ball to left field. Dwyer was brought in by a Sam Macken single and Sydney Fabian was later brought in by a Danielle Parlich sacrifice fly putting the Gophers up 5-1 after the second.
The Maroon and Gold got out of a jam in the top of the third with a 4-6-3 double play and quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the third. Dwyer hit an RBI ground out and Fabian dropped in a double to left center scoring two more right after.
Taylor LeMay was walked to start the Gophers at bat in the fourth and Sara Groenewegen singled to right while advancing to second on the throw. Houlihan recorded another RBI with a sacrifice fly to left field. Wenner brought in the final two runs with a double off the left field wall.
Nikki Anderson took the win in the circle and moves to 7-4 on the season. She pitched four innings striking out two batters and only allowing one earned run. Kylie Stober finished the game only allowing one hit in the fifth.
The Gophers will wrap up the series Sunday with the seniors playing the final regular season game of their careers at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.
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