Big Second Inning Give Indiana 7-1 Win Over Sam Houston State
March 7, 2008
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Indiana softball team sent 11 batters to the plate in a seven-run second inning on its way to a 7-1 win over Sam Houston State at the Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., on Friday morning. Jennifer Moore pitched four innings of relief to get her first win of the season, giving up just two hits and striking out one in the process.
The Hoosiers (2-8) scored their seven runs with the benefit of just six hits and four walks, but were aided by five Bearkat (10-8) errors.
Freshman pitcher Sara Olson got the start and stranded two Bearkats in the top of the first after a runs scored on an illegal pitch, giving Sam Houston State an early 1-0 lead. After Indiana went down in order in its half of the first inning, the Bearkats came back in the second to load the bases with only one out. But some crafty pitching by Olson induced an infield popup and ground ball to third baseman Jennilee Huddleston who stepped on third base to end the inning with no damage done.
The Hoosiers used this momentum in their half of the second inning to plate seven runs and take a 7-1 lead. Tory Yamaguchi led off the inning by grounding out, but was followed with walks from Emily Bergeson and Kari Bettenbrock. Olson reached on an error by the Bearkat third baseman to load the bases for her older sister, Anna Olson. Olson went with the outside pitch and drove it into left center to score two runs. Jennifer Glueckert followed with a soft single just over the head of the second baseman to bring home pinch-runner Karmen Delcamp and give IU a 3-1 lead on Glueckert's first career RBI.
Indiana continued the inning with the top of the lineup when Julia Hamilton caught the SHSU defense off-guard with a perfect bunt down the first base line to load the bases again. Sarah Padove drilled a single through the hole on the right side of the infield to plate two runs. The throw came in to the plate and was not in time but it let Hamilton advance to third.
A wild pitch brought Hamilton home and Padove advance to second. The Sam Houston State catcher thought there was going to be a play at the plate and turned and threw towards home plate, where no one was covering and the ball got loose on the infield. Alert baserunning by Padove gave her the opportunity to advance to third on the play, where she just beat the throw. Huddleston stepped in an hit a sharp single back up the middle to score Padove and give IU a 7-1 lead.
Moore (1-1) came on in relief to start the fourth inning and was dominant from the start by retiring the side in order. The Bearkats were only able to touchup Moore for two hits over the final four innings and never threatened.
The first out of the third inning came on an outstanding play by the Hoosier defense. A fly ball to left field off the bat of SHSU's Casey Everitt was knocked down by the stiff wind blowing in from left field, forcing Indiana left fielder Kristin King to come charging in almost all the way to the infield dirt to attempt to make the catch. Here diving attempt failed, and the ball fell to the ground, but with runners on first and second prior to the hit, King had the presence of mind to get up and throw the runner out at third base. The out would not have been possible without a tremendous stretch at third base by Huddleston with the base runner bearing down on her.
Indiana will play the second game of a doubleheader against Quinnipiac starting at approximately 12:30 p.m.
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