Hoosiers Drop Decision to Oklahoma State for Second Straight Day
Feb. 15, 2009
HOUSTON, Texas - Sophomore pitcher Alyssa Maiese went the distance in the circle and allowed a lone run to score in the first inning, but it was enough for Oklahoma State (5-2) to pull out the 1-0 win over Indiana on Sunday in the finale for both teams at the Marriott Houston Classic.
Maiese (0-2) took the hard luck loss on Sunday despite giving up just five hits and three walks along with two strikeouts. The native of Sewell, N.J. mixed her pitched effectively and kept the Cowgirl batters off balance the entire game to give the Hoosiers (0-7) a chance to make a comeback. She was able to get into and out of jams throughout the game thanks to some good pitches and solid defense behind her.
The only run of the game came in the first inning when Oklahoma State got a leadoff infield singe and a stolen base from Mariah Gearhart. Gearhart came around to score on a single to left center field by Katelyn Bright. From there, it was all Maiese as she sat the next three OSU batters down in order to get out of the inning.
Maiese retired the OSU batters in order in the second and stranded two runners on base in the third inning before the Hoosiers mounted their first rally of the game in the top of the fourth. Sophomore Kelsey Stander put down a perfect bunt back to the pitcher for an infield hit and moved up 60 feet on an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop by senior Stephanie Pellerito. However, the next two batters flied out to end the threat.
Oklahoma State once again began to mount a rally in the bottom of the fourth inning with a single and a walk to get the inning started. But the attack quickly came to an end as freshman third baseman Samantha Berenter snagged a sharply hit grounder by Chelsea Garcia and stepped on third base before firing a strike over to first base for a double play.
The Hoosiers would get two out singles in the fifth and sixth but were unable to advance the runners and put together a string of hits. Brittany Stein drew a walk in the top of the seventh to put the tying run on base but the next two Hoosiers were retired in order to end the threat.
Indiana will travel to Florida State University this weekend for the Seminole Classic with games scheduled against UC Riverside, Florida State, East Carolina and Big Ten foe Michigan.
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