Devitt Homers and Sara Olson Drives In Two, But Indiana Falls To Rutgers
March 15, 2008
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Indiana softball team fell to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday afternoon, 6-4, in a game that was resumed after rain forced a postponement on Friday. Freshman pitcher Sara Olson collected her first two career hits and drove in a pair of runs, also the first of her career.
Devitt broke the Hoosiers (4-16) four-game scoreless drought with a towering shot to center field that left little doubt about whether it would clear the fence as soon as it left her bat, for her third home run of the season. It also cut the Rutgers lead in half at 2-1. Olson, playing as the designated player in the game, followed two batters later with her first career hit, a ground-rule double down the left field line.
Rutgers (7-9) followed with three runs in the top of the third inning, sending all nine batters to the plate. The Scarlet Knights used two walks, a hit batter and two doubles to plate the trio of runs to increase their lead to 5-1.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Indiana bats came alive and pushed three runs across to trim the Rutgers lead to just 5-4. Devitt once again got things going with a single and Sarah Padove followed with a single of her own to put two runners on with no outs. Stephanie Pellerito made a productive out with her groundout to third base that advanced both runners. Olson, who came on in relief of Maiese in the circle, drilled a pitch to the left-center field gap to pick up her first career runs batted in. Olson came in to score on a double by Jennilee Huddleston to bring IU with within 5-4.
Rutgers added an insurance run in the top of the sixth on a sacrifice fly off Olson for its sixth and final run.
Freshman pitcher Alyssa Maiese (0-6), who started the game on Friday before it was postponed due to rain, suffered the loss for Indiana. She went 2.1 innings and gave up four runs on two hits, but the six walks she issued proved to be too much to overcome. Olson's final line showed two runs allowed on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Despite the high number of walks, the IU pitching staff was able to escape a couple jams, leaving 11 Scarlet Knights on base in the game.
Lindley improved to 3-0 on the year for Rutgers by pitching 3.2 innings of three-hit relief to earn the win.
The Hoosiers will take on Massachusetts in the second game of a back-to-back doubleheader at the Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Fla. The first pitch is slated for 2:45 p.m.
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