Quinnipiac Scores Two In the Sixth To Down Hoosiers, 3-2
March 7, 2008
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Quinnipiac Bobcats scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 3-2 lead and held off a two-out rally by the Hoosiers in the bottom of the seventh inning to get the win. The game was the second of the day for Indiana at the Under Armour Invitational being played in Clearwater, Fla.
For the first time this season, Indiana (2-9) scored in their half of the first inning to take the early lead. Julia Hamilton got the inning started with a rocket back up the middle and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sarah Padove. Jennilee Huddleston drew a walk before Emily Bergeson stepped into the box with one out and smacked a double down the left field line to drive in Hamilton and give Indiana a 1-0 lead. But there was some controversy on the play, however. Because the temporary fence set up for the tournament does not extend into foul territory down the lines, and Bergeson's ball rolled beyond the fence in foul territory after hitting in fair territory, the umpires ruled it a ground-rule double and Huddleston was not able to score on the play.
The call ended up not costing the Hoosiers a run when Brittany Devitt reached on throwing error by the Quinnipiac (5-4) third baseman and Huddleston raced home from third for the second run of the inning.
From there, the game belonged to Indiana's starting pitcher Monica Wright. The junior allowed just one hit over the first four innings to preserve the 2-0 Indiana lead she was staked to from the start. The Bobcats were able to put two hits together in the fifth to plate their first run of the game to cut the IU lead to one, 2-1.
Freshman pitcher Alyssa Maiese was brought in to start the sixth inning and had some difficulty finding the strike zone. She did not retire a batter and issued three walks along with a hit before Jennifer Moore was brought into a bases loaded no-out jam with the score tied. Moore got the first batter to ground into a fielder's choice, as Huddleston fielded the ground ball and fired home for the force out. The next batter hit a sac fly to center field that brought home the go-ahead run for Quinnipiac before Moore got the final out on a fly ball to center field.
The score remained 3-2 in favor of the Bobcats going to the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Hoosiers tried to mount a comeback. The first two batters were retired in order by Katie Sheriff, who was attempting to earn her third save of the season. But she then hit Padove with a pitch and Huddleston followed with a single back up the middle to put the winning run on first base with Tory Yamaguchi at the plate. Yamaguchi worked the count full before striking out swinging to end the game.
Maise (0-4) took the loss for Indiana, as she was responsible for the runners on base when the Bobcats got the sac fly in the sixth. Schmolz (2-1) earned the win for Quinnipiac and Sheriff got the save, her third of the year.
Indiana will resume play at the Under Armour Invitational on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. against Fairfield followed by Syracuse at noon.
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