Another Late Rally Comes Up Short In 6-3 Loss to Jacksonville State
March 13, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Indiana freshman Amanda Wagner hit her second home run in as many games, but Jacksonville State (7-8) got a grand slam in the first inning in a 6-3 victory over the Hoosiers (6-12) at the USF Under Armour Showcase. Redshirt senior Monica Wright racked up 10 strikeouts through 4.1 innings of work but still took the loss.
Wagner, a native of Burbank, Ill., got down in the count 1-2 with two outs in the top of the first inning, but was not phased, as she drilled the next pitch over the fence in right center field to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead. It was her fourth home run of the season, tying her for the team lead with Sara Olson.
The Gamecocks came back in the bottom of the frame and took a 4-1 lead following a grand slam by Sallie Beth Burch.
The would end up being Wright's only real mistake the entire day before she was pulled with one out in the fifth. She struck out the side in the first and finished with 10 strikeouts to match her career high, which was set April 6, 2008, at Wisconsin.
Wright (2-3) battled JSU starting pither Ashley Eliasson over the middle innings, as both pitchers got into a groove and neither team could mount a threat at the plate. The Gamecocks broke through for a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 6-1. Wright was relieved by freshman Cassie Loweth, who allowed just two hits over the final 1.2 innings.
With Indiana down to its final three outs, they started to make a comeback. Senior Jennifer Glueckert laced a double to center field that bounced once in front of the fence. She would advance to third base on a passed ball while Bridget Langan followed with a pinch-hit walk. Samantha Berenter drove in her eighth run of the season with a single through the left side, trimming the JSU lead to 6-2. Brittany Stein grounded out to third base, advancing the runners to second and third with one out. Breanna Saucedo grounded into a fielder's choice to drive in a run, her fifth of the year. Following a groundout by Samantha Heyman, Wagner stepped to the plate representing the tying run but hit a line drive right at the second baseman for the final out of the game.
Wright took the loss for Indiana, going 4.1 innings and allowing six runs on four hits to go along with five walks and the 10 strikeouts. Eliasson (4-6) pitched a complete game and gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits and two strikeouts.
After rain caused the weekend schedule to change, the Hoosiers will take on Radford University at 9 a.m. on Saturday and then Boston University at 1:30 p.m. On Monday, Indiana will take on Long Island University at 10 a.m.
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