Cal Poly Tops Hoosiers in DeMarini Invitational Finale
March 1, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. - For the third time in five games over the weekend, Indiana catcher Brittany Stein hit a solo home run but the Cal Poly Mustangs scored three times in the bottom of the fourth inning and withstood a furious Indiana rally in the seventh inning en route to a 4-2 win over the Hoosiers on Sunday.
Indiana starting pitcher Monica Wright (0-4) had one of her best outings this season going as she entered the fifth inning. But a leadoff walk followed by a sacrifice bunt and a single up the middle by Cal Poly (7-6) gave the Mustangs the 2-1 lead. Krysten Cary stepped in next and went with a pitch on the outside corner and hit it over the right field fence to give Cal Poly the 4-1 lead.
Stein then brought Indiana one step closer at 4-2 with a shot to the opposite field that left little doubt as to whether it was going to clear the fence as soon as it left the bat. For Stein, it was her third solo home run of the weekend and her fourth home run of the season. The Vancouver, Wash., native has four home runs in 38 at bats this season compared to just one home run in 70 at bats last year as a freshman.
Indiana continued to put pressure on the Mustangs in the sixth inning with an infield single from Sara Olson and a bloop single into center field off the bat of Stephanie Pellerito with one out. A fielder's choice by Jennifer Glueckert put runners at the corners with two outs for Julie DiNallo. DiNallo had already come through with a two-out RBI back in the top of the second inning and was in position to keep the inning going for Indiana. But Cal Poly pitcher Anna Cahn was able to jam DiNallo and force a weak ground ball to third base for the final out of the game.
While the IU bats have been quiet for some games so far this season, the last two games they have combined for 19 hits against two teams in Oregon State and Cal Poly that were both receiving votes in the most recent national polls entering the weekend.
Kelli Ritchison hit leadoff for the first time this season and went 2-for-4 and Pellerito also collected two hits for the Indiana offense.
Sara Olson came on in relief of Wright and kept the Mustangs off the board over the final inning and a third by allowing just one hit. For the weekend, Olson allowed just two earned runs in 11.1 innings for an ERA of 1.24.
Indiana will be off next weekend before heading to the USF Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Fla., from March 13-15.
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