Hoosiers Use Pitching and Grand Slam to Down Hofstra
March 14, 2009
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Sophomore Sara Olson started in the circle for the Hoosiers (2-17) against Hofstra, but that's not where she did the most damage against the Hofstra Pride on Saturday. Olson hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to give Indiana a 5-3 lead and left the rest up to Ashley Hobbs to close it out in the circle for the 6-4 win.
Olson lasted just a third of an inning in the circle before Hobbs came on in relief after Olson had allowed an RBI single and a two-run home run to the Pride (5-11) to spot them a 3-0 lead. Hofstra then loaded the bases with only one out against Olson before Hobbs was brought in. The transfer from the University of Evansville got Trisha Dreslinski to ground into a double play to end the inning with no further damage.
From there it was all Hobbs (1-3) for the Hoosiers, as she shut down the Pride bats by allowing just three hits over the next five innings before they finally broke through for a run in the seventh inning. The put the tying runs in scoring position with one out in the seventh but Hobbs got the next two batters to hit weak ground balls back to her in the circle for the final two outs.
"Ashley Hobbs was absolutely amazing today," Indiana head coach Michelle Gardner said. "We brought her in for a tough situation in the first inning and for the second day in a row she worked out of it without any harm. And then Sara (Olson) made up for a poor outing in the circle with a big home run to give us the lead. This is a great win for us and we hope to use it to start to build some momentum for the rest of this weekend and further down the line as well."
In the sixth inning, before Olson hit the grand slam, Kelli Ritchison picked up the second of her career-high three hits in the game to drive in the first run. Ritchison would strike again in the seventh inning with her third hit of the game, another RBI single to give the Hoosiers an insurance run and make the score 6-3.
The Pride received 6.2 innings of solid work from starting pitcher Erin Wade but she put two runners on base before Kayleigh Lotti (4-4) came on and walked the first batter she faced and then surrendered the shot to Olson to take the loss.
Ritchison led the IU offense with three hits and freshman Samantha Berenter hit her third double of the season.
Hobbs final line showed 6.2 innings pitched and one earned run on six hits with three strikeouts.
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