Anderson, Hoosiers Walk Off With Extra Innings Win Over Indiana State
March 26, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana freshman Molly Anderson delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Hoosiers a 5-4 win over the Indiana State Sycamores on Thursday at the IU Softball Field. Indiana (4-22) trailed the Sycamores (8-13) by two heading to the bottom of the sixth inning but were able to rally for the victory.
"I knew when Molly stepped in the box that there was no way she was leaving that box without driving in the winning run," said Indiana head coach Michelle Gardner.
Heather Nelson was a spark plug at the top of the lineup for Indiana (4-22, 0-2 Big Ten) as she collected a career-high three hits and scored a run. Brittany Stein and Jennifer Glueckert also picked up two hits and an RBI in game.
"But I'm more proud of this team because it was complete team win because they played as a team," Gardner said. "Even when we were down 3-1, I still knew that we were going to come back and win that game because they were focused and knew that the game was far from over."
Indiana State's Audrey Childress hit pitch up in the zone over the fence in left center field for a two-run home run to break a 1-1 tie. But the Hoosiers didn't let that effect them as they rallied for a run in the bottom of the inning to get within a run. Nelson started the inning with an infield single and moved to second base with two outs on a groundout by Emily Bergeson. Stein followed with a sharp single up the middle. Glueckert followed with a single up the middle of her own to drive in her third run of the year.
IU starting pitcher Sara Olson (3-5) shutdown the Sycamore bats in the top of the seventh to give the Hoosiers a chance with their final three outs remaining. Olson got the seventh inning rally going with a single and was replaced by Bridget Langan at first base. A passed ball allowed Langan to move into scoring position with no outs and Anderson stepping up to the plate. ISU pitcher Meagan McCurdy got two strikes past Anderson to start the at bat but Anderson was unphased, hitting a ground ball to the second baseman to advance the runner to third base with just one out. Following a ground out to shortstop, Nelson singled to third base but did not allow the run to score. Kelsey Stander put the ball in play with two outs and was able to reach base on a fielding error by Childress at third base which allowed the tying run to score. Emily Bergeson drew a walk to load the bases for the hottest Indiana batter over the past two weeks in Stein. Stein worked the count to her favor and then hit a line drive to third base that was snared by Childress to end the inning and force extra innings.
Using the international tiebreaker, where the final batter from the previous inning being placed on second base to start the inning, the Sycamores got a sacrifice fly from Katie Armour to take a 4-3 lead going to the bottom of the eighth.
For Indiana in the eighth, Stein was placed on second to start the inning and came in to tie the game at 4-4 when Glueckert singled to center field and the ball was misplayed by Kacy Kestner. The error not only allowed Stein to score on a ball she otherwise would have had to stop at third base for, but it allowed Glueckert to advance to second base with still no outs. She was moved to third base on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Stephanie Pellerito for the first out. Olson grounded out to shortstop for the second out of the inning to put the pressure on Anderson, who was brought into the game as a defensive replacement in the top of the fifth inning. The Spokane, Wash., native came through with her first career hit on a rocket back up the middle past second base to give IU the walk-off 5-4 win.
Indiana State scored its first run on a leadoff home run by Meredith Simpson in the top of the first inning.
Olson went the distance in the circle for Indiana to get her third win of the season, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk. ISU ace Darcy Wood started the game in the circle and gave up one run on two hits in 4.0 innings. McCurdy suffered the tough-luck loss after giving up four runs but only one was earned on seven hits.
Indiana returns to the IU Softball Field on Saturday for a 2 p.m. start against the Wisconsin Badgers in a Big Ten Conference battle.
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