A Late NC State Rally Downs Hoosiers in Houston
February 15, 2009
HOUSTON, Texas - Sophomore Brittany Stein made her first home run of the season count for the Hoosiers, but North Carolina State scraped a run together in the top of the seventh inning to come away with a 3-2 victory. The game was part of the Marriott Houston Classic hosted by the University of Houston.
The Wolfpack (2-1) scored their first two runs of the game on back-to-back solo home runs in the third inning off Indiana starting pitcher Monica Wright. But as the game entered the late innings, the Indiana (0-6) bats started to figure out Wolfpack starting pitcher Stephanie Call.
In the bottom of the fifth started with a double deep down the left field line by Jennifer Glueckert. She then advanced to third when Kelsey Stander dropped down a perfect bunt between the pitcher and first base. After Stander stole second, the Hoosiers had two runners in scoring position with no one out and the top of the lineup coming up. But Call was up to the task for NC State and retired the next three in order to escape the jam unharmed.
Samantha Berenter drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth inning to bring catcher Stein to the plate. The sophomore had struggled at the plate so far this season but she came through in a big way on Sunday, launching a two-run home run to left center field to tie the game at 2-2.
In the top of the seventh, the Wolfpack got a one out walk off relief pitcher Ashley Hobbs. The NC State leadoff batter followed with a single to center field that was misplayed by Stander, allowing the runners to move up to second and third with one out. Following a groundout, Alyssa Allbritten hit a sharp grounder back up the middle and into center field to score one run. The runner at second also attempted to score but Stander fired a strike to the plate and Stein applied the tag in plenty of time to end the inning with the Hoosiers trailing 3-2.
With just three outs remaining, the Hoosiers went back to work at the plate. Julie DiNallo was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game and Sara Olson followed with a rocket through the left side of the infield to put two on with one out. But the rally would stall there as the next two batters were retired, the final out coming on a line drive to the shortstop.
Monica Wright pitched the first 3.1 innings and allowed two runs on four hits with two strikeouts. Hobbs (0-2) came on in relief and pitched the final 3.2 innings and gave up just one unearned run on three hits while striking out two as well.
Leading the IU offense were the eighth and ninth batters in the lineup, Glueckert and Stander, who both collected a pair of hits while Stephanie Pellerito also collected a hit for the Hoosiers.
Indiana will closeout play at the Marriott Houston Classic with a 2:30 p.m. ET/ 1:30 p.m. CT start against Oklahoma State.
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