Six-Run Sixth Inning Lifts Kentucky Past Indiana, 10-5
March 2, 2008
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Indiana softball team rallied to take a 5-4 lead after five innings against Kentucky (8-7) on Sunday, but the Wildcats responded with six runs in the sixth to take a 10-5 lead and would go on to win by that score. Emily Bergeson put the Hoosiers ahead with a two-run home run in the fifth before the Kentucky rally.
In the top of the first inning, freshman Alyssa Maiese had difficulty finding the strike zone and walked the first three batters of the game. Jennifer Moore then came on in relief, with the bases loaded and got the first Kentucky batter on a called third strike. But the Wildcats were able to draw two more walks off of Moore with the bases loaded to plate two runs without the benefit of a hit.
Moore kept UK off the scoreboard in the second and Indiana (1-8) evened the score in the bottom of the inning thanks to some help from the Kentucky pitcher, Lindsay Brogdon. Tory Yamaguchi laced a single into left field and, with Brittany Devitt up, advanced to second base on an illegal pitch. She would come around to score on a double to center field by Devitt for the Hoosiers' first run. Stephanie Pellerito reached on a throwing error by the shortstop that also allowed Devitt to score the tying run from second base after the throw got away from the Kentucky first baseman.
Kentucky got those two runs back in the top of the third on a two-run triple by Annie Rowlands to regain a 4-2 lead.
The Hoosiers struck again in the bottom of the fifth when junior Sarah Padove launched her first home run of the season, and fourth of her career, over the left field fence to make it a 4-3 game. But the Hoosiers were not about to stop there. Julia Hamilton drove a double to center field with two outs to bring Emily Bergeson to the plate with two outs. Bergeson worked the count full before drilling her second home run of the season over the center field wall to give IU a 5-4 lead.
But the Wildcats scored six runs in the top of the sixth to take a 10-5 lead, with the biggest blow coming on a two-run home run by Rowlands that hit the top of the wall in left and bounced over.
Monica Wright (1-3) pitched 1.1 innings and allowed six runs on three hits with three walks to take the loss. Moore's final line showed 4.2 innings of work with two runs on four hits but she issued five walks. Sara Olson came on in relief to start the seventh inning and gave up just one hit while striking out two.
Freshman catcher Brittany Stein also collected her first collegiate hit with a solid single through the left side.
Indiana's next game will be on Thursday, March 6 against Fairfield in Clearwater Fla., as part of the Under Armour Invitational hosted by the University of South Florida.
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