Hoosiers Collect 10 Hits In 6-5 Win Over Fairfield
March 9, 2008
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Indiana softball team collected a season-high 10 hits on its way to a 6-5 win over the Fairfield Stags on Sunday morning its final game of the Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla. Emily Bergeson, Jennilee Huddleston and Jennifer Glueckert each had two hits in the game to help the Hoosiers finish the weekend with a 3-2 record.
Indiana wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, plating two runs in the top of the first inning on two hits, a walk and a Fairfield error. Julie DiNallo drew a one out walk and advanced to second when Brittany Devitt reached on an error by Fairfield left fielder Kristina Lingo. Shortstop Emily Bergeson continued her torrid hitting at the tournament with an RBI single and was followed two batters later by catcher Tory Yamaguchi's RBI single to give Indiana a 2-0 lead after a half inning of play.
Indiana's freshman pitcher Sara Olson worked out of a first-and-third jam in the first to keep the Stags off the board. She continued her dominance in the circle for the next three innings before she finally allowed her first hit of the game with two outs in the fifth inning.
In the top of the fifth inning the Hoosiers added onto their 2-0 lead with three runs on three hits and capitalized on a Fairfield error. Sophomore Jennifer Glueckert and senior Julia Hamilton both reached to start the inning and moved to second and third, respectively, on a perfect sacrifice bunt by sophomore Julie DiNallo.
Freshman Brittany Devitt drove in her fourth run of the season with a single back up the middle to allow Glueckert to score. Bergeson stepped in next and lifted a fly ball to left field that was played into an error to allow to more runs to score for Indiana and a 5-0 lead.
With the way things were going for the Hoosiers through five innings, it looked as though the lone run they scored in the sixth would not matter in the end. But when all was said and done, it proved to be the game-winning run. Freshman Brittany Stein laced a double to right center that gave pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison a chance to score from first, but Fairfield completed a perfect relay and got Ritchison at home for the first out of the inning. Kristin King would come on to pinch-run for Stein and moved to third on a bunt single by Glueckert. Hamilton followed with a sacrifice bunt of her own that brought home King from third base for the Hoosiers' sixth run of the game.
Fairfield was finally able to get to Olson in the sixth inning after getting its first two hits of the game the inning prior. They got a walk, two hits and a two-run double to chase Olson with one out in the sixth, in favor of Jennifer Moore. Moore came on and gave up a run-scoring single and a sac fly before getting out of the inning with the Hoosier lead in tact, 6-5.
Moore came out to continue working in the seventh and retired the leadoff batter before walking the second. Monica Wright was brought in to try to close the door on the Stags and she did just that with a sac bunt for the second out and a groundout to third base to end the game.
Olson (2-1) got the win with 5.1 innings of work, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits and a career-high six strikeouts but did walk five. Kelli Panter suffered the loss for Fairfield by allowing five earned runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings.
The Hoosiers will be off Monday before returning to action in the Sunshine State on Tuesday at the USF Spring Break Tournament in Tampa, Fla. Their first game will be against Ball State at 11:30 a.m. followed by a game against USF at 4 p.m.
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