It almost was two victories for the team, but in the seventh inning with two outs and two on, senior catcher Taylor LeMay came to the plate. She hit a three-run home run to lift No. 20 Minnesota 4-3 over No. 9 Georgia. Minnesota then started its rematch with Georgia, and the Bulldogs went up 3-0 in the fifth inning. The team scored a program-record 20 runs against Jacksonville in its victory, with 17 coming in the first inning. “The first part of that at-bat I was down 0-2, so I knew I had to get a hit or walk or the game was over,” LeMay said. “I guess you could see it as pressure or opportunity in a game like that, and I just got a good pitch to hit, hit the ball and got all that I could ask for.” If the Gophers had any leftover frustration from the late loss, it showed early on Sunday. Gophers ride Sunday rally to 3-1 weekendMinnesota won its last game thanks to a late home run in the seventh inning.James Healy, Daily File PhotoFreshman Erika Rozell fouls off a pitch at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Emily PolglazeMarch 7, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers continued a 36-game road slate with four games over the weekend in Athens, Ga., and came out with three victories. The Gophers still trailed by two and were down to their last out when LeMay came to the plate. When her at-bat was over, Minnesota had the lead. The Gophers (13-5) defeated Western Carolina on Saturday and then lost to the Bulldogs before defeating Jacksonville and Georgia on Sunday. The Gophers held on from there for the upset victory. The team then played Georgia for the first time during the weekend, and saw a 4-1 lead become a 5-5 tie in the sixth inning. The Bulldogs then hit a walk-off double in the seventh to win 6-5. “We’re getting a little bit better every week,” head coach Jessica Allister said. “We’re a better team than we were last week; we were a better team last week than we were the week before, and that’s always the goal.” Minnesota (13-5) scored six runs in the second inning in its first game on Saturday against Western Carolina to take control early, and ended with a 7-1 victory. “We kept chipping away and kept our energy up,” sophomore Erika Rozell said.
“I’m very happy but ashamed a little since I hadn’t won a tournament for a long time,” said Fukuhara, who at 17th is the highest-ranked Japanese woman in the world rankings.“I used my head and won this time,” she added, suggesting that the 17-year-old studied Feng’s play in the build-up to the tournament at Obihiro municipal gymnasium in Hokkaido, which featured the top 16 players of the domestic league in both the men’s and women’s fields.Fukuhara will take part in the world team championships in Bremen, Germany, on April 24-May 1.In the men’s singles final, Chinese player Han Yang came from behind twice to beat Muneaki Mitamura 8-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7 to win for the second straight year and third time overall. OBIHIRO, Hokkaido Pref. – Ai Fukuhara defeated Feng Tianwei in the final of the Japan Table Tennis League Big Tournament on Sunday to win her first singles title in three years in senior-level competition.Fukuhara took control of the match against the former Chinese national team member and won 11-2, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4 for her third tournament victory and first since 2003 when she took the Dream Challenge Cup, the forerunner of the JTTL Big Tournament. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5