Hoosiers Downed by UCLA
Feb. 8, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Indiana softball team plated two runs in the top of the fifth inning against the No. 4 UCLA Bruins but it was the Bruin bats that put the game out of reach to earn the 10-2 win on Saturday in Los Angeles. The game was the second of the day for Indiana (0-3) while UCLA picked up its first win of the year.
The Bruins (1-1) scored a pair of runs in the first inning off IU starting pitcher Monica Wright (Morrison, Ill.) and then followed that up single runs in the second and third innings to take a 4-0 lead.
UCLA was back at it in their half of the fourth inning and got a little help from an IU error in the field. But the big blow came on a two-run single by Megan Langenfeld that increased the lead to 6-0.
But as they have shown in each of their three games so far this season, the Hoosiers did not go down without a fight. Freshman Molly Anderson (Spokane, Wash.) led off by getting hit by a pitch and Kelli Ritchison (Boonville, Ind.) followed by reaching on a fielder's choice that retired Anderson at second base. Sophomore Kelsey Stander (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) then singled to third base and Emily Bergeson (Cleveland, Ill.) walked to load the bases for freshman Heather Nelson (Riverside, Calif.), who drew a walk of her own to plate the first IU run of the game. Sophomore Sara Olson (Orland Park, Ill.) lifted a fly ball down the right field line in foul territory that was caught but allowed Stander to tag from third base, bringing Indiana to within 6-2.
But UCLA scored four more runs in their half of the fifth inning to invoke the run-rule and coming away with a 10-2 victory.
Wright suffered the loss (0-1) for Indiana, going 2.2 innings and giving up four runs on five hits and striking out one. Ashley Hobbs (Brownsburg, Ind.) came on in relief and gave up six runs, but only three earned, in her 1.1 inning of work before Sara Olson came on and got one batter out before UCLA ended the game in the fifth.
Whitney Baker (1-0) went the distance for UCLA to get the win by allowing two runs on four hits but did hand out four walks in the game.
Indiana will travel to Cal State Fullerton on Sunday for a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern.
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