Bergeson, Hamilton Lead Hoosiers To 3-2 Win Over Syracuse
March 8, 2008
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Indiana softball team only collected three hits against Syracuse on Saturday morning, but they got the big one when they needed it from Emily Bergeson in the sixth inning to give Indiana a 3-2 win at the Under Armour Invitational. They also got a big-time defensive play from centerfielder Julia Hamilton for the game's final out to preserve the win.
Indiana (3-9) was able to mount the first scoring threat of the game in the bottom of the third inning, but left the bases loaded after a groundout by Jennilee Huddleston to second base. Stephanie Pellerito got things going in the inning by drawing a one-out walk and advanced to second a walk by Julia Hamilton. Freshman Brittany Devitt stepped in next and hit a rocket up the middle that was knocked by Syracuse shortstop Jamie Kelling, preventing pinch-runner Kristin King from scoring on the play to keep the bases loaded before Huddleston's ground out.
Syracuse (1-14) responded in the top of the fourth with a leadoff double followed by back-to-back singles to plate the first run of the game. Indiana brought in freshman pitcher Sara Olson to try to get out of the inning with no further damage. She got the first out of the inning on a popup to second baseman Sarah Padove and the second out was a popup to shortstop Emily Bergeson. Olson would hit the next batter to load the bases with two outs. But she responded by getting the third out on a called third strike on the outside corner, keeping the Syracuse lead at 1-0.
The Hoosiers were still trailing going to the bottom of the sixth inning but they had the top of the order coming to the plate. Hamilton lined out to third base to start the inning but Devitt picked her up with a single to left field for her second hit of the day, and first career two-hit game. Huddleston drew a walk to put runners at first and second with one out for Emily Bergeson. Bergeson fouled off a couple pitched and eventually got a pitch she could handle and laced a double into the gap in left center field. Devitt easily scored from second and Huddleston scored standing up after the throw from the outfield missed the cutoff and IU had its first lead at 2-1.
Padove followed with, what would prove to be a productive groundout to second base that allowed Bergeson to advance to third. Syracuse pitcher Angie Sagnelli then threw a wild pitch with Tory Yamaguchi at the plate and Bergeson slide in just ahead of the tag at the plate to give IU a 3-1 lead going to the seventh inning.
The Orange began the top of the seventh with a walk followed by a fielder's choice that left a runner at first base with one out. Two singles later, Syracuse had the bases loaded with one out. Olson induced a popup for the second out of the inning, leaving the Hoosiers just one out away from their third win of the season. Hallie Gibbs stepped up with a chance to tie the game and she did her best to do that with a single back up the middle to score Nicole Miller. But Hamilton was charging the ball all the way and fielded it cleanly. She fired a strike to home plate where Yamaguchi fielded it and applied the tag before the Syracuse runner could get her hand on home plate, ending the game in exciting fashion for Indiana.
Olson (1-1) pitched the final 3.2 innings to get her first collegiate win. She gave up one run on four hits while striking out three and walking one. She came on in relief of Monica Wright, who was also excellent in the circle for the Hoosiers. She pitched the first 3.1 and gave up one run on five hits and did not figure in the decision.
Indiana will play its second game of the day at 1 p.m. against Kennesaw State as they continue play in the Under Armour Invitational. Their final game of the tournament will be at 11 a.m. against Fairfield on Sunday.
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