Wright's Three-Hitter Not Enough In 1-0 Loss to USF
March 11, 2008
TAMPA, Fla. - Indiana junior pitcher Monica Wright turned in arguably the best pitching performance of the season for the Hoosiers, but a leadoff walk in the first inning proved to be her downfall in a 1-0 loss at the hands of the University of South Florida as part of the USF Spring Break Tournament. The game was played on the USF campus at the USF Softball Field in Tampa, Fla.
Wright (1-4) pitched her second complete game of the season and gave up just three hits over 6.0 innings while striking out three while being saddled with the loss. In her last five appearances for the Hoosiers, Wright has given up three earned runs on 11 hits over 18 innings. However, her record in that stretch is 0-1 after to tough-luck loss on Tuesday.
But a walk to USF leadoff batter Britta Giddens came around to score, what would prove to be the game's only run, in the bottom of the first inning. After the walk, the next batter reached on a fielder's choice and was followed by a bunt base hit to load the bases. The cleanup hitter then grounded out to shortstop to drive in the only run.
Indiana (4-12) had a great chance to tie the game in the top of the second when Jennilee Huddleston drew a walk to start the inning and was followed by Stephanie Pellerito's single to right field. Brittany Stein's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third with only one out, but the next two batters struckout to end the threat.
The Hoosiers were able to get runners to second base twice over the final five innings but were not able to get a key two-out hit to drive home the tying run. The Bulls (16-8) were also only able to get runners to second base on two occasions and came up empty in both instances, thanks to the dominating performance by Wright.
Cristi Ecks (2-2) got the win for the Bulls by going the distance in the circle, allowing four hits and striking out nine.
Indiana will be back in action at the USF Spring Break Tournament on Wednesday against George Mason at 9:30 a.m. and Boston University at 11:30 a.m.
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