Cal State Fullerton Uses Long Ball To Upend Hoosiers in Weekend Finale
Feb. 8, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. - In their final game of the weekend, once again the weather would play a role as rain force the Hoosiers' game at Cal State Fullerton to be called after five innings. Because the teams had played at least five innings, it was an official game the Titans (1-0) were credited with the 9-2 victory.
Leading the Indiana (0-4) offense was senior shortstop Emily Bergeson, who hit her first home run of the season and tenth of her career while senior second baseman Julie DiNallo laced a two-out triple to right center, the first of her career, that scored a run.
Senior pitcher Ashley Hobbs (0-1) got the start for Indiana but had some control issues in the first inning and was only able to record two outs in the first before being replaced by senior Monica Wright. Two Fullerton runs scored when Hobbs hit two batters with the bases loaded while the other two scored on a sacrifice fly and a fielder's choice. Wright came on and got out of the bases loaded jam by inducing a ground ball to first base.
Fullerton was back at it in the second inning when Francesca Gonzalez hit her first home run of the season to left field to increase their lead to 5-0. She would be followed by a solo home run from shortstop Courtney Martinez the following inning to bump the Fullerton lead to 6-0.
After the Hoosiers got their first run on DiNallo's triple, both Gonzalez and Martinez hit their second home runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning for a 9-1 lead. Bergeson then struck in the top of the fifth with her solo shot that cleared the fence in left field.
IU will return to the diamond on Friday, Feb. 13 against Texas State at 8 p.m. Eastern Time as part of the Crowne Plaza Classic hosted by the University of Houston. The Hoosiers will also take on Oklahoma and Oklahoma State during the weekend.
Weekend Notes Emily Bergeson was the top batter for the Hoosiers in the four games this weekend, hitting .667 (6-for-9) and she also posted a slugging percentage of 1.111 and an on-base percentage of .769...six diffent Hoosiers scored runs over the weekend...freshman Samantha Berenter not only hit her first collegiate home run but also stole the first base of her college career...all four IU pitchers earned a start over the weekend and each one also made an appearance out of the bullpen.
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