Indiana Loses 2-0 Pitchers Duel To Minnesota
March 22, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana senior pitcher Ashley Hobbs and Minnesota's Briana Hassett locked up in a pitcher's duel on Sunday at the IU Softball Field, each allowing one hit through the first five innings. But the Gophers (19-18, 2-0 Big Ten) got a timely two-run home run in the sixth inning from Malisa Barnes en route to the 2-0 victory over the Hoosiers (3-21, 0-2 Big Ten).
Through the first five innings, Hobbs (1-6) face two more than the minimum while Hassett (18-11) retired 15 in consecutive batters at one point before a walk by Heather Nelson in the sixth inning with one out. The Hoosiers started the game out strong after struggling the day before against the Minnesota ace. Leadoff batter Heather Nelson drew a walk and Kelli Ritchison placed a ball perfectly to the third baseman, who looked to second base for the out but decided to throw to first and by then it was too late to get Ritchison for the only hit of the day for Indiana. Unfortunately, that's where the rally would end as Hassett retired the next three batters to end the inning.
In the sixth inning, Stander hit a slow roller to third base and sped down the line looking for a base hit. The throw from Minnesota third baseman Colleen Conway pulled Barnes off the base at first but she was able to come back down and apply the tag for the out in a very close play for the first out. Nelson followed with her second walk of the game but would get no further on the base paths after Hassett settled down.
Hassett's final line showed one hit allowed and 11 strikeouts while Hobbs' line was nearly as good, giving up two runs on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Minnesota left two on base while Indiana stranded three.
Indiana will get back on the road this week with a trip to face No. 15 Loiusville on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. The Hoosiers will then host Indiana State on Thursday before welcoming Wisconsin to the IU Softball Field for single games on Saturday and Sunday.
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