Hoosiers Downed By Texas Tech in Saturday Nightcap
Feb. 13, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Hoosiers got an RBI double from Sara Olson and Morgan Melloh struckout eight but Texas Tech (5-0) scored a pair of early runs and then broke it open with a late home run to hand Indiana (2-2) a 4-1 loss at the Tempe Sports Complex on Saturday night.
"We didn't get a couple breaks early in the game and then we just never got the hit we needed with runners in scoring position after Sara got us to within a run," Indiana head coach Michelle Gardner said. "Opportunities presented themselves to us during the game and it was just one of those instances where the ball didn't bounce our way."
Texas Tech got a leadoff base hit and then a sac bunt attempt turned into a base hit to put runners at the corners with no outs in the first inning against Melloh. It was then that the senior from Fishers, Ind., was called for an illegal pitch to force in the first run of the game for the Red Raiders. But Melloh buckled down and was able to escape the inning with no further damage.
In the second inning, an RBI double by Mikey Kenney plated the second Texas Tech run but again Melloh limited the damage and kept the Hoosiers in the game.
Samantha Heyman led off the bottom of the third with a sharp single to left field and Breanna Saucedo followed with a rocket back up the middle and all of a sudden the Hoosiers were in business. A sac bunt by Lindsay Callanan put two runners in scoring position with just one out. A base running mistake left runners at the corner with two outs for Olson and the senior delivered by lining a double down the left field line. The ball actually ended up getting away from Stephanie Drewry in left and went past the out-of-play line resulting in a dead ball that forced Olson to stop at second and Cassie Gogreve, the runner at first, had scored on the play but was brought back to third base. There were still runners in scoring position for the hot bat of freshman Jenna Abraham but she grounded out sharply to third to end the threat.
Neither team put together much of a significant threat over the middle innings so the game went to the seventh inning with Texas Tech clinging to a 2-1 lead. Cydney Allen stepped in for Texas Tech with two outs and lifted an outside pitch high to right field that carried over the fence for a two-run blast to give the Red Raiders a little breathing room.
Indiana was not able to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh and Texas Tech escaped with the win and a 5-0 record to start the year. The Hoosiers fall to 2-2 but both losses have come to teams either ranked in the Top 25 or receiving votes.
Melloh's final line showed her 97th career complete game and her eight strikeouts upped her total to 1,164, moving her into sole possession of 28th place on the all-time NCAA strikeouts list.
Indiana will wrap-up play at the Kajikawa Classic on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET when they battle No. 12 California. The game will be broadcast live on IUHoosiers.com with Dave Leno and Nathan Wiechers on the call starting roughly 10 minutes prior to first pitch.
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