Hoosiers Earn Thrilling 2-1 Win Over UMass In Eight Innings
March 15, 2008
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Indiana softball team brought its six-game losing streak to an end in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon in a 2-1 win in eight innings against Massachusetts Minutewomen at the Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Fla. Jennifer Glueckert's single to center field drove in the game-winning run in the top of the eighth inning and Monica Wright made it hold up in the bottom of the inning.
The story of the game was the dominant performance of Wright (2-6) in the circle to get her second win of the season. Although she allowed just one run on three hits, she did issue five walks but was able to get out of the jams by using her off-speed pitches to keep the Minutewomen off balance. The eight innings pitched marked the third time in her Indiana career that she has pitched at least that many innings in a game.
Tory Yamaguchi, who is second on Indiana's all-time home run list, threw UMass a changeup of her own by dropping down a bunt with runners on second and third. The bunt was just far enough in front of the plate that the catcher had to take an extra step out towards the circle and was not able to lunge back in time to tag a sliding Bergeson (7-10) and the Hoosiers (5-16) tied the game at 1-1.
The Minutewomen had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single back up the middle after a pair of two-out walks put a runner in scoring position.
When the game was tied after seven innings, the international tiebreaker was used in the eighth inning and the Hoosiers took advantage. Freshman Alyssa Maiese was brought in as a pinch runner and placed on second base to start the inning. Brittany Stein then sacrificed her over to third was a perfect bunt to give the Hoosiers two swings at taking the lead. They did not need two swings thanks to Glueckert, who line a pitch into center field, allowing Maiese to score her first collegiate run and give Indiana a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Stacy Cullington attempted to move Whitney Williams over to third base with a sacrifice bunt. But she popped it up at the plate and Brittany Stein made a lunging bare-handed stab at the ball and hung on for the first out of the inning. Sarah Reeves followed with a walk and Davina Hernandez was brought in to pinch-run. The next two batters were retired in order and Hoosiers had their first win of the Showcase.
Brandice Balschmiter (5-6) matched Wright inning for inning in going the distance for the Minutewomen. She allowed five hits and two runs, only one earned, with two walks and five strikeouts.
Indiana will play its final game of the Under Armour Showcase at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning against Radford.
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