No. 14 Louisville Swings Past Indiana
March 24, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Indiana softball team collected just three hits compared to 13 for the 14th ranked Louisville Cardinals in a 6-1 loss on Tuesday at Ulmer Stadium. Jennifer Glueckert had a triple and Heather Nelson had a hit and a walk to lead Indiana.
Louisville (27-3) scored twice in the bottom half of the second inning with the help of a double to center field and a triple off the wall in left center field off IU starting pitcher Ashley Hobbs (1-7). They added their second run of the inning on a bunt out in front of the plate that brought the runner in from third.
Indiana (3-22) responded in the top of the third inning with the help of some poor Louisville fielding. Kelsey Stander reached base with one out when Louisville second baseman Christina Roesel mishandled a throw at first base on a slow roller up the first base line. The ball got away from Roesel and allowed Stander to move up to second base on the play as well. Heather Nelson followed by reaching on a fielding error by shortstop Colby Wherry to put runners at the corners with one out. With Kelli Ritchison at the plate, U of L starting pitcher Tori Collins unleashed a wild pitch that brought Stander home from third to cut the Louisville lead to 2-1.
The Cardinals were back at it in the bottom of the fourth inning as they scored three runs on four hits and used an IU error to help prolong the inning and increase their lead to 5-1. The would go on to add another run in the bottom of the sixth on back-to-back doubles to get the final score of 6-1.
Hobbs took the loss for the Hoosiers going 3.1 innings and giving up five runs on nine hits and one walk against a Louisville team that was hitting .321 as a team entering the game. Sara Olson came on in relief and gave up a run on four hits.
The Hoosiers return to the IU Softball Field on Thursday for a 4 p.m. start against the Indiana State Sycamores.
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