MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Moore's 30 points leads Lynx to 4-0 start
MINNEAPOLIS (SportsNetwork.com) - Maya Moore made five three-pointers en route to 30 points as the Minnesota Lynx stayed perfect with an 87-82 win over the New York Liberty on Saturday at Target Center.
Moore became the first player in WNBA history to score at least 30 points in four straight games. Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus added 21 and 18 points, respectively, for the Lynx (4-0). Tina Charles ended with 24 points and 14 boards for the Liberty, who fell to 1-2 on the young season. Cappie Pondexter and Essence Carson tallied 18 and 14 points, respectively. Pondexter's three-pointer with 24.3 seconds remaining pulled New York within 85-82. After Whalen went 1-of-2 from the foul line, Pondexter missed a layup. Whalen missed the second of two free throws with 9.8 ticks left on the clock, but Janel McCarville came down with the offensive rebound to secure the win.
Pablo Sandoval smacked a solo homer and drove in both San Francisco runs, while Ryan Vogelsong spun 6 2/3 strong frames, as the Giants secured a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in the middle contest of a three-game set Saturday at AT&T Park. Sandoval homered for the second straight game in the second inning and added a sacrifice fly in the sixth in support of Vogelsong (3-2), who struck out seven and scattered three hits with a walk over his scoreless outing. Juan Gutierrez and Jeremy Affeldt combined to keep the Twins off the board from there, but closer Sergio Romo served up Josmil Pinto's leadoff blast in the ninth to slice San Francisco's lead to one. Romo quickly recovered, retiring the next three hitters in order to nail down his 16th save of the season and send San Francisco to its third straight win. Minnesota starter Samuel Deduno (1-3) absorbed the loss after giving up two runs on four hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings.
The University of Minnesota softball team was beaten 10-2 by the nation's top team, Oregon, in the first game of a best-of-three NCAA Division I Super Regional vs. Oregon Saturday in Eugene, Ore. The Golden Gophers were outhit 12-3 and they committed four errors as well in front of nearly 2,000 fans at Howe Field. Both teams play again today at 4:04 p.m. If Minnesota wins both teams will play again at 7 p.m.
The St. Thomas baseball and softball teams were both winners in their respective NCAA Division III college world series. The baseball team edged Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) 5-4 yesterday at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin while the Tommy softball team topped Montclair N.J. State 4-3 in Tyler, Texas. The Tommy baseball team faces the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater this evening while the Tommy softball team takes on Sailsbiury at 1 p.m. this afternoon.