Tennessee Tech Tops Hoosiers in Extras
March 10, 2007
Tennessee Tech's Krystina Dobbs laid down a perfectly placed bunt single to score Amanda Glover from second to give the Golden Eagles (19-9) the win with no one out in the final frame.
After seven innings of scoreless softball, the teams went into extra innings with the international tiebreaker rule in effect. Sophomore Julie DiNallo was placed on second to start the top of the eighth, and after a pair of strikeouts, Hamilton sent a long drive to left that bounced over the outfield fence and scored DiNallo to put Indiana (3-9) on top for the first time on the day.
The Golden Eagles countered in the bottom half of the frame, as Dobbs roped an RBI double to right center to score Beth Boden, who started the inning at second.
The Hoosiers would again put the pressure on TTU in the top of the ninth. Pinch-runner Kristin King was placed on second to start the inning, and moved to third on Jennilee Huddleston's sacrifice bunt. Yamaguchi then lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score King with the go-ahead run.
Tennessee Tech was again equal to the task in the bottom half of the inning. With TTU down to its last strike, Kristina Hortert saved the day for the Golden Eagles, smoking an 0-2 pitch to right center to score Bonnie Bynum from second.
Indiana would be unable to score in the top half of the 10th before Dobbs' second bout of timely hitting.
Both pitchers twirled phenomenal games, with IU starter Monica Wright (2-6) allowing three unearned runs on nine hits and a walk in 9 innings of work and Bynum allowing two unearned runs on four hits and a walk in 10 innings. Wright allowed just five hits through the first seven innings for the Hoosiers.
Indiana will now move on to bracket play, and will play in the Bronze Bracket at 4 p.m. The Hoosiers, the sixth seed from Pool D, will play Wagner, the fifth seed from Pool A.
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