Wisconsin Downs Hoosiers in Bracket Play at Speedline Invitational
March 18, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. - Indiana's hot bats fell silent in the final game of the Speedline Invitational on Sunday, March 18, as the Hoosiers fell to Big Ten foe Wisconsin in the championship game of the No. 2 seed bracket, 5-0.
Indiana (13-11), which had collected at least seven hits in 10 of the 11 games prior to the contest against the Badgers (15-7), could manage just five in being shut out for the first time in 14 games.
Wisconsin picked up the only run it would need in the top of the second inning. The Badgers led off the inning with four straight singles, with catcher Joey Daniels scoring on pinch-hitter Liz Klemp's safety up the middle.
The Badgers would add another run in the top of the fourth, when, with the bases loaded and two outs, Lynn Anderson scored on an Indiana fielding error to make the score 2-0.
Wisconsin blew the game open in the top of the sixth, tacking on three runs on Athena Vasquez' three-run shot down the left field line.
The Hoosiers stranded seven runners in the contest, starting with junior Jennilee Huddleston in the bottom of the first. Huddleston ripped a two-out double down the left field line as IU threatened to go up early, but Wisconsin starter Eden Brock got a grounder to short to end the frame.
IU picked up a pair of hits in the third, with junior Julia Hamilton singling up the middle with one out and Huddleston doing the same one out later. The Hoosiers would again come up empty, however, again on a grounder to short to end the inning.
In the sixth inning, senior Rachel Terry reached on a two-base error to lead off, and after a pair of outs, sophomore Emily Bergeson walked. Pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison was then erased at third on a fielder's choice as the Badgers escaped unscathed.
Indiana's last gasp fell short in the seventh, as sophomore Julie DiNallo dropped a bloop double into shallow left center, but was stranded at second.
Wright, who had been nearly untouchable in winning her previous seven decisions, was touched for five runs, four earned, on 10 hits and five walks. Letty Olivarez (4-3) picked up the win, allowing just two hits and a walk in 4 innings of scoreless relief.
Hamilton (2-for-4) and Huddleston (2-for-3) had a pair of hits each, while DiNallo accounted for IU's only other safety.
Wisconsin's Ricci Robben went 4-for-4 to pace the Badger attack, while Vasquez was 1-for-2 with a run and three RBI.
The Hoosiers finished their Spring Break trip with a 10-7 record, which included a nine-game win streak.
Indiana returns to action at the IU Classic in Bloomington on March 23-25. The Hoosiers will host Buffalo, Illinois-Chicago and Eastern Michigan in the three-day tournament.
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