Utah Breaks Open Close Game In 7-1 Win Against Indiana
Feb. 21, 2010
LAS VEGAS - Indiana played the Utah Utes even through the first three innings, but three runs in the fourth and fifth innings for Utah proved to be too much to overcome in the 7-1 loss. Freshman Samantha Heyman collected her first two hits of the season in the game and classmate Breanna Saucedo scored the lone IU run.
Utah (7-2) scored in the top of the first inning on an RBI single, but the lead did not last long, as IU (2-4) tied it in the bottom of the frame. Saucedo singled to start things and then stole second and moved to third on an infield single by Heyman. Saucedo then broke for home on a grounder to short by freshman Amanda Wagner and was awarded home after the Utah catcher was called for obstruction.
Freshman pitcher Cassie Loweth (0-2) made her second career start and kept the Utah offense in check through the first three innings. But in the fourth, the Utes put the first three batters on to load the bases. Senior Kristin King then made a diving play to keep a ground ball on the infield, but when she tried to throw to first for the out, the throw got away and two runs were able to score. Later in the inning, a wild pitch that plated the third run of the inning signaled the end of the day for Loweth and she was saddled with the loss.
Sara Olson was brought in and she was able to get out of the inning with no further damage following a slick double play turned in by second baseman Samantha Berenter and Saucedo up the middle. Utah was able to get to Olson in the fifth for three more runs before freshman Jessica Dobson was brought in. The St. John, Ind., native escaped further harm and went on to pitch the final three innings, the longest outing of her brief career, and allowed just two hits.
Joining Saucedo and Heyman in the hit column included Wagner, Olson, Cassie Gogreve and Kelli Ritchison.
Indiana will conclude play at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic on Sunday against UNLV, the host school, at 2:15 p.m. ET / 11:15 a.m. PT at the softball field on the UNLV campus.
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