University of Minnesota Athletics

EVANSTON, Ill.- Senior Autumn Peace dominated Friday, beating eight batsmen from the Northwest over 5.2 innings of work, but it wasn’t enough as the Minnesota Golden Gophers lost to the No. 21/24 Wildcats 8-7.

In addition to her eight strikeouts, Pease (12-4) threw 5.2 innings, giving up seven runs, all earned, on 10 hits and walking one for Minnesota (19-11, 0-1 Big Ten). Senior Bri enter also made an impression around circles for the Golden Gophers, throwing for 2.1 innings scoreless while conceding a hit with no walks and a strikeout.

second grader Taylor Krapf went offensively for the Golden Gophers and went 3-on-4 in the ball game with a home run and three RBI. student in the first year Breezy Burnett also put together a stellar day on the plate, going 1-3 with a home run and four RBI Kayla Chavez also contributed, going 3-for-5 for Minnesota.

The Golden Gophers put runs first on the scoreboard and begin scoring in the second inning. Minnesota got a grand slam from senior Danielle Williams’ Burnett and scored all four runs in the inning.

The Golden Gophers lost the lead they had built up in the second game but came back on the board 6-4 in the fifth. Minnesota scored three runs, all of them coming on a three-run homer off Krapf’s bat and scoring a freshman Jess Oakland and seniors Natalie DenHartog, bringing the score to 7-6 in favor of the Golden Gophers. The Golden Gophers failed to hold the lead as Northwestern scored twice in the remaining four innings to earn the 8-7 win.

» The Golden Gophers got three hit games from both Chavez and Krapf.
» Pease fanned out eight Wildcats hitters.
» Burnett drove in four runs for the Golden Gophers.
» Minnesota’s highest-scoring inning was second when it stalled four runs.
» Minnesota went 3-for-9 (.333) with runners in goal position.
» Minnesota Pitchers faced 40 Northwest hitters in the game, allowing five groundballs and nine flyballs while striking out nine.
» Krapf led the Golden Gophers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.
» Northwestern was led offensively by senior Skyler Shellmyer, who went 3-on-5 with four RBI.
» Junior Lauren Boyd led the Wildcats’ pitching staff and pitched three scoreless innings.

Minnesota will resume the series against Northwestern tomorrow at 1 p.m. and end things Sunday at 12 p.m. Tomorrow’s competition can be streamed on B1G+ and Sunday’s game will be streamed live on BTN.


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