MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Lynx win season starter 89-77
WASHINGTON D.C. - (SportsNetwork.com) - With Maya Moore's 34 points leading the way, the Minnesota Lynx opened defense of their 2013 WNBA title with an 89-77 verdict over the Washington Mystics at Verizon Center.
Moore added nine rebounds and Seimone Augustus deposited 24 points in a game the Lynx were in front mostly throughout, though Washington took a 66-65 edge with 8 1/2 minutes remaining following a 7-1 push that Tierra Ruffin-Pratt capped with a successful jumper. Moore converted a 3-point play on the ensuing possession, however, to ignite an 11-1 spurt that gave Minnesota a 76-67 advantage with 4:33 to go. Damiris Dantas contributed a pair of baskets during the pivotal run and finished with a game-best 12 rebounds. Moore poured in 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting to help stake the Lynx to a 43-39 lead at intermission, though the Mystics were down by as many as 15 in the first half before closing the gap behind a strong second quarter. Ivory Latta had a big game for Washington in defeat, knocking down 7-of-9 attempts from 3-point range en route to 25 points. Ruffin-Pratt tallied 17 points and eight rebounds while going 7-of-11 from the field.
Brian Dozier and Josmil Pinto homered to back seven solid innings from Kyle Gibson, as the Minnesota Twins held off the Seattle Mariners, 5-4, to open a three-game set at Target Field. Gibson (4-3) surrendered six hits, including an RBI double to Robinson Cano in the fifth inning. Gibson, who had been 0-3 over his last four starts, recorded his first win since April 17 versus Toronto in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Glen Perkins navigated through the ninth inning and left the tying run stranded at third to pick up his 11th save and nail down Minnesota's fourth win in five games. Dustin Ackley had a two-run triple for the Mariners, who lost their third in a row. Chris Young (3-1) surrendered 10 hits and five runs over seven innings. After the Mariners scored three times in the eighth, they threatened to tie the game in the ninth. Michael Saunders singled to begin the inning, went to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Cano's groundout. Corey Hart popped out to first. Justin Smoak then bounced a ball to the third-base side of the mound. Perkins alertly made a smooth pick-up and threw easily in time to first to end the contest. Gibson escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, and the Twins gave the 26-year-old right-hander a 3-0 lead to work with by the fifth. Aaron Hicks doubled leading off the third and scored on Dozier's one-out double to left. With two outs, Trevor Plouffe doubled to center field to make it 2-0. It became a three-run cushion in the fourth on Pinto's homer to left.
The University of Minnesota softball team crushed UW-Green Bay 10-1 in the first game of the NCAA Division I Minneapolis Regional Friday. The Golden Gophers scored seven runs in the fifth inning to break the game open. Winning pitcher Sara Moulton held UWGB to just one hit and teammate Sydney Fabian belted a three-run triple. Minnesota takes on North Dakota State this afternoon at Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis starting at 1:30 p.m.
Minnesota State's baseball team stayed unbeaten in the NCAA Division II Central Regional in Russellville, Arkansas. The Mavericks defeated Southern Arkansas 6-3. MSU is the only unbeaten team after the first two rounds of play, so they will wait to play this evening starting at 8 p.m. Bryce Bellin was the winning pitcher and Connor McCallum led the team in hitting with three with two RBIs.
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