Illinois-Chicago Tops Indiana at adidas Invitational
March 9, 2007
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Indiana could not overcome a pair of early runs, falling to Illinois-Chicago, 2-0, on Friday, March 9, at the USF adidas Invitational.
The Hoosiers (3-7) didn't allow a run after the second inning, but could not come up with any offense of their own to drop a close contest to the Flames (6-12).
UIC got on the board in the bottom of the first by playing small ball. Brittany Dixon earned a one-out walk, then with two outs, stole second and took third on a wild pitch. After an Elizabeth Jacoby walk put runners on the corners, Nicole Robinson dropped a single into shallow left center to score Dixon.
The Flames would add another run in the bottom of the second, again getting things started with a one-out walk. Becky Moran earned the first free pass of the inning, and went to second on Ashlee Ackerman's infield single one out later. Dixon then reached on a fielder's choice, but Indiana was unable to nip Ackerman at second. Sarah Clynes then drew a walk to bring in Moran and knock IU starter Jennifer Moore (1-3) from the contest.
Reliever Monica Wright proceeded to shut the Flames down, getting a fielder's choice to end the inning and allowing just four hits for the remainder of the contest.
Indiana threatened in the fourth inning, as Jennifer Glueckert reached on a UIC fielding error to start the frame. Clyne got a lineout and a flyout for the first two outs, however, and Glueckert was caught stealing to end the threat.
IU's only other base runner came in the seventh, as Terry drew a two-out walk to bring the tying run to the plate. Clynes again was up to the challenge, getting a groundout to end the contest.
Clynes allowed just two hits and a walk in 7 innings to earn the win, while Moore took the loss after allowing two earned runs on two hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings. Wright worked 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
The Hoosiers return to action against Northern Illinois at 1 p.m. on March 9.
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