Indiana Loses To Michigan, 4-0
Feb. 22, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior Kelli Ritchison was the only Hoosier to reach base as Michigan starting pitcher Jordan Taylor (5-1) tossed a no-hitter in the Wolverines 4-0 win over the Hoosiers at the Seminole Classic hosted by Florida State University.
Ritchison kept Taylor from achieving a perfect game when she reached base after striking out but beating out the throw to first base when the catcher dropped the third strike in the fifth inning.
Indiana starting pitcher Ashley Hobbs (0-3) was able to work out of trouble with minimal damage in each of the first three innings. In the first, Michigan (11-2) loaded the bases with no outs and the heart of the order coming up but Hobbs only allowed one run to score on a sacrifice fly.
In the second inning, a leadoff single ended up coming around to score on an Indiana (1-10) error with two outs to make it an unearned run. Then in the third inning, Dorian Shaw ledoff with a solo home run to center field that just barely cleared the fence. The Wolverines attempted a rally later in the inning with a one-out double but Hobbs buckled down and retired the next two batters in order to keep the score at 3-0 in favor of Michigan.
The fourth inning saw the first two Michigan batters reach base via hard hit balls to put runners at second and third with no outs. Sophomore Sara Olson was brought in to replace Hobbs and quickly recorded two groundouts. But a walk to the next batter loaded the bases and set the table for the catcher Roya St. Clair. Olson worked St. Clair inside and outside before getting a ground ball to third base that was misplayed, allowing another run to score to make the score 4-0. From there Olson took control and allowed just one hit and one walk over the final two innings to keep the game within reach for the Hoosiers.
Michigan threatened again in the fifth with two on and one out but Olson got the next two batters to hit ground balls to third base for force outs to end the inning yet again with no damage done. Then in the sixth, Michigan would go down in order for the first time in the game thanks to a trio of groundouts.
Indiana will return to action next weekend in Fullerton, Calif., for the DiMarini Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton. In their first game, the Hoosiers will take on No. 5 Stanford at 9 a.m. PT/ 12 p.m. ET.
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