Eight-Run Sixth Lifts Louisville Past Indiana at IU Classic
March 21, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Louisville Cardinals scored eight runs in the top of the sixth inning pull away from the Indiana Hoosiers and go on to a 9-3 win in the second game of the IU Classic at the IU Softball field. Julie DiNallo had two hits to lead the Indiana attack at the plate.
Indiana freshman pitcher Sara Olson (2-3) held the Louisville bats silent in the first five innings before the Cardinals found their groove in the sixth. Olson was charged with seven of the eight runs in the inning and five hits before Jennifer Moore came on in relief. Moore gave up a home run to the first batter she faced but then struck out the next batter to bring the top of the inning to a close.
Kristin Wadwell and Kassie Stanfill (5-4) combined to allow three unearned runs on seven hits and nine strikeouts, with Stanfill getting the win.
The Hoosiers (6-18) got on the board in the bottom of the first inning with the help of a throwing error by the Louisville catcher on a bunt attempt by Jennifer Glueckert. Senior centerfielder Julia Hamilton was on first with a leadoff single when Glueckert dropped down a sacrifice bunt attempt. Louisville catcher Melissa Roth fielded it and threw wide to first allowing Glueckert to reach. Hamilton, who was off with the pitch, was able to score on the play when the ball rolled into foul territory down the right field line.
Ritchison reached base on another Louisville (13-12) error in the second with one out and Julie DiNallo followed with a single through the left side of the infield to put two runners on for Hamilton and the top of the lineup. Hamilton sacrificed the runners to second and third with two outs and Glueckert followed with an RBI single to give IU a 2-0 lead.
Indiana tried to mount a rally in the last half of the seventh when Brittany Devitt reached on an error and Tory Yamaguchi's fly ball to left field got caught up in the wind and fell for a double to put runner's on second and third with no outs. Kari Bettenbrock stepped in with one out and delivered a sacrifice fly to right field to cut the Louisville lead to 9-3. But the threat would end when Ritchison fouled out to third base, stranding the 11th base runner of the game for the Hoosiers.
Indiana will turn around and play the University of Illinois-Chicago in the last game of the day Friday.
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