Hoosiers Fall in Season Opener to Cal Poly

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore pitcher Sara Olson
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore pitcher Sara Olson
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 6, 2009

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    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Cal Poly Mustangs got two home runs from Krysten Cary on their way to defeating the Indiana Hoosiers, 6-0, in the season opener for both teams. It was also the first game played as part of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament hosted by UCLA. The schedule was forced to be changed from the original schedule because heavy rains in the Los Angeles did not allow the field to be ready Friday morning. It was also the first game leading the Indiana softball program for first-year head coach Michelle Gardner.

    Freshmen Heather Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) and Samantha Berenter (Poway, Calif.) each collected two hits in their first collegiate games while senior Emily Bergeson (Cleveland, Ill.) also registered a pair of hits in the contest. Rounding out the seven-hit attack for Indiana was Stephanie Pellerito (Tustin, Calif.) with a single.

    Sophomore Sara Olson (Orland Park, Ill.) suffered the loss (0-1) in the circle for the Hoosiers and went 4.1 innings and surrendered four runs on eight hits. Senior Ashley Hobbs (Brownsburg, Ind.), pitching in her first game as a Hoosier after transferring from the University of Evansville, gave up two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of work. And freshman Alyssa Maiese (Sewell, N.J.) did not allow a hit and struck out two in her only inning of work.



    The Hoosiers threatened in the first inning when Nelson led off with a perfect bunt single. She moved up to second base on an illegal pitch by Cal Poly starter Anna Cahn and was advanced to third on a groundout by junior Jennifer Glueckert (South Bend, Ind.). Olson followed Glueckert with a groundball to second base and Nelson broke for home but Cal Poly second baseman Stephanie Tam came up firing to home plate in time to get Nelson for the second out of the inning. The Hoosiers were still threatening as Olson advanced to second base while Nelson was in the rundown. Bergeson stepped in with a chance for a two-out RBI but Cahn reached back and got the strikeout to end the threat.

    Cal Poly got on the board in the third inning after Tam laced an RBI double into the left center gap and was followed by Cary's first home run of the game.

    Cary struck again to lead off the top of the fifth inning and looked like they were going to add to is as they put a runner on third base with only one out. Indiana head coach Michelle Gardner went to the bullpen and brought in Hobbs to get the Hoosiers out of the jam. The senior quickly recorded a strikeout for the second out of the inning and got Nicole Lund to hit a rocket at Berenter playing third base. The ball went in and out of her glove and rolled to Bergeson at shortstop, who picked it up and threw Lund out at first to end the threat.

    The Mustangs closed out the scoring in the top of the sixth inning with a pair of RBI singles from Cristen Lee and Melissa Pura.

    Indiana will return to Easton Stadium on Saturday at 5pm ET/ 2pm PT to take on Pacific followed by UCLA at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT. Fans can listen to the Indiana vs. UCLA game on UCLA's website by clicking the following link: Audio for the Indiana vs. UCLA game can be accessed by clicking the following link: Indiana vs. UCLA Audio

    This was the first game as Indiana head coach for Michelle Gardner...Indiana is now 21-14-1 all-time in season openers...Gardner is the eighth head coach in Indiana University softball history and is the fifth to lose their first game...Indiana was scheduled to travel to Cal State Fullerton later in the evening on Friday but rained forced that game to be cancelled...the teams are looking to reschedule the game for later in the weekend if possible...Saturday's schedule is slated to remain the same (5pm ET vs. Pacific; 10pm ET vs. UCLA)...Sunday's schedule is still to be determined for the Hoosiers.


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