Wagner Powers Hoosiers Past Boise State, 7-3
Feb. 19, 2010
Las Vegas, Nev. - Indiana freshman infielder Amanda Wagner hit two home runs, the first two of her collegiate career, and Sara Olson earned the win in the cirlce in the Hoosiers' 7-3 victory over Boise State (1-5) on Friday. The game was played at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park as part of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic hosted by UNLV.
Wagner is the second IU player to hit two home runs in a game, joining Olson, who did it in the season opener against Wright State. Junior catcher Cassie Gogreve also went deep for the Hoosiers (1-2), her first collegiate home run as well after playing her first two seasons at South Carolina. Junior outfielder Kelsey Stander also stole three bases in the game, tying the IU single-game record. The last time an IU player stole three bases in a game was Feb. 5, 2005, when Julia Hamilton did so against Southern University.
"It felt great to get our first win of the season," Indiana head coach Michelle Gardner said. "It was tremendous team win because we had great hitting, good pitching and we really made some outstanding plays in the field as well."
Indiana started the scoring in the top of the first inning when Kelli Ritchison reached on a fielding error by the Broncos. Wagner followed her with a towering shot to left center field that left little doubt as soon as it left the bat, giving Indiana a 2-0 lead.
Boise State battled back and got two of their own in the bottom of the frame off Olson. But Indiana was up to the task and regained the lead on a two out RBI single off the bat of Breanna Saucedo, her first collegiate run batted in, giving IU a 3-2 lead.
In the top of the third, the Indiana offense kept it going as Wagner singled up the middle and was followed by a line drive home run to left center off the bat of Gogreve, increasing the Hoosier lead to 5-2.
From there, it as all up to Olson (1-1), who did not allow a hit after the first inning in her five innings of work. She allowed three runs on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Freshman Cassie Loweth came on in the sixth inning after Olson walked the leadoff batter and allowed an RBI single, the only hit for the Broncos after the first inning.
Indiana added to its lead in the top of the seventh, and once again it was Saucedo in the middle of it by driving in her second run of the day with an RBI single to make it 7-3 in the Hoosiers' favor.
Wagner finished the game with three hits and Saucedo and Stander each had two to lead the Indiana bats.
The Hoosiers will be back in action at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT, when they take on Illinois-Chicago.
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