Hoosiers Even Record in Florida With 6-3 Win Over Quinnipiac
March 13, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. - Junior Julia Hamilton collected three hits and senior Kim Richards knocked in four runs as Indiana won its fifth straight game, 6-3 over Quinnipiac on Tuesday, March 13, at the University of South Florida Spring Break Invitational.
The contest started out on an ominous note for the Hoosiers (8-9), as Quinnipiac (1-2) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first without registering a hit. Angela Casella was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, and Jill Viglione followed with a walk. After Krista Seeman was hit to load the bases, IU starter Christy Wahl threw a ball to Sammi Allendorfer. Moore then came on in a 1-0 hole and allowed a sacrifice fly to Allendorfer for the Bobcats' first run, and after a strikeout, Viglione came in on a wild pitch. Moore then shut the door, fielding a grounder off the bat of Kelly Wall to end the inning.
Indiana quickly answered in the top half of the second, putting up four runs to grab a lead it would never relinquish. Walks to senior Rachel Terry and junior Janetta Deaven put a pair of runners on base, and Richards stroked a triple to the gap in right center to score Deaven and pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison. Hamilton then singled to short to score Richards, and freshman Jennifer Glueckert singled to third to put runners on first and second for junior Jennilee Huddleston. Huddleston then singled to right to score Hamilton with the Hoosiers' fourth run of the inning.
The Bobcats got a run back in the bottom of the fifth to trim the Hoosiers' lead to 4-3. Viglione started the inning by reaching on an IU error, prompting another Indiana pitching change. Seeman greeted Wright with a double down the left field line to score Viglione, but Wright induced groundouts from the next three batters to end the threat.
IU picked up a pair of insurance runs in the top of seventh to give itself some breathing room. After Terry was hit by a pitch with one out, junior pinch-hitter Anna Olson drew a walk. One out later, sophomore Sarah Padove, who knocked in the lone run in Indiana's 1-0 win over George Mason earlier in the day, singled up the middle to load the bases with two outs. Richards then capped a monster day with a single up the middle to score Terry and Bergeson, who re-entered after Olson's walk.
Quinnipiac made things interesting in the bottom half of the frame, bringing the tying run to the plate with no one out. Viglione was again in on the action, reaching on a single to Wright to lead off. Seeman followed with a single to left to put runners on the corners, then stole second. Wright recovered nicely, however, striking out the next two batters before getting a popup to second to end the contest.
Moore was credited with one unearned run on three hits and a pair of walks, while Moore allowed three hits and a walk. Seeman (1-1) took the loss, as she surrendered six runs, all earned, on nine hits and five walks. She struck out six.
With the win, Indiana raised its record to 5-5 during the Spring Break trip after starting 0-5.
The Hoosiers continue action at the USF Tournament against Long Island at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14. The contest was originally slated for an 11 a.m. start. IU will face tournament host USF at 4 p.m.
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