Cleveland State Hands Hoosiers 8-2 Loss in USF Under Armour Showcase Opener
March 13, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Hoosiers had some early miscues against Cleveland State in the first game of the USF Under Armour Showcase, and Indiana went on to lose to the Vikings, 8-2. Indiana freshman Amanda Wagner hit her third home run of the season and freshman Breanna Saucedo had two hits.
In the top of the first inning, Cleveland State (9-6) was able to score six runs with the benefit of just two hits, thanks to a hit batter, an error and a batter reaching base after swinging and missing on a ball in the dirt. Junior Sara Olson (3-5) was only able to get one out in the first inning before freshman Jessica Dobson was brought on in relief. She was able to get the final two outs and keep it to just a six-run inning. Olson would suffer the loss for Indiana, giving up six runs (four earned) on two hits, one walk and one strikeout.
Indiana (6-11) tried to start its comeback in the bottom of the second inning when junior Cassie Gogreve and senior Jennifer Glueckert both reached to start the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Samantha Berenter moved them both into scoring position and they were still there after a strikeout by junior Brittany Stein. At that point, Indiana caught a break when CSU pitcher Amanda Macenko was called for an illegal pitch to force in the first run, making it 6-1.
Macenko continued to keep the Hoosiers off the base paths over the next three innings, until Wagner stepped in to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning and deposited her third home run of the season over the left field fence.
The Vikings were finally able to get to Dobson, who tossed 5.2 innings of outstanding relief, in the top of the seventh inning with two more runs. Dobson allowed eight hits in her appearance, but just two runs (one earned) and walked two while striking out two. Freshman Cassie Loweth came in to get the final three outs in order.
Glueckert and Saucedo both had a pair of hits for the Hoosiers. For Saucedo, it was her seventh multi-hit game of the season.
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