Hoosiers Fall to Ball State, 8-0
March 28, 2007
MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State scored four runs in the sixth inning to put the mercy rule into effect, topping Indiana 8-0 in six innings at BSU Softball Complex on Wednesday, March 28.
The Hoosiers (17-13) could never get anything going against the Cardinals (9-17), as senior Rachel Terry's single up the middle to lead off the fourth inning accounted for Indiana's only hit on the day. Already down 2-0 at that point, IU seemed poised for a rally as junior Jennilee Huddleston reached base on a Ball State fielding error to put runners on first and second with no one out.
BSU starter Elizabeth Milian worked out of the jam, getting a flyout, a strikeout and a popup to end the frame with no damage done.
The only other time the Hoosiers threatened was in the second inning, when junior Tory Yamaguchi reached on a Ball State throwing error. Pinch-runner Kelli Ritchison was erased on a fielder's choice on the next play, and Kim Richards was out at second on a fielder's choice on the play following that.
Milian retired the side in order in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings. She improved to 6-6 on the season, allowing just one hit in 6 innings of work.
The Cardinals picked up their first run of the day without the benefit of a hit. After Kelli Jeziorski reached on a one-out walk in the first, she stole second and went to third on Taylor Yancey's flyout to left. Jeziorski then scored on a wild pitch to put the Hoosiers down 1-0.
Ball State added another run in the bottom of the second inning, as Alisha Etzler singled up the middle to drive in Amanda Pick from second base.
The Cardinals added a pair of runs on Yancey's RBI triple, and Yancey came home on Abby Gross' single to left.
BSU put the run rule into effect by rattling off four hits in the sixth, with Yancey's RBI single off the wall in left scoring Allie Pennock with the game-ending run.
Pick was 3-for-3 to lead the Cardinals. Huddleston went 0-for-3 on the day, bringing her season-best 11-game hitting streak to an end. However, her streak of consecutive games reaching base was extended to 20 when she reached on an error in the fourth.
Junior Jennifer Moore (4-6) was tagged with the loss, as she allowed eight runs on nine hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings of work.
The Hoosiers, still winners of 14 of their last 18 games, will look to get back on track when it opens Big Ten play against Iowa on Friday, March 30, at 3 p.m. at the IU Softball Field. Indiana will face the Hawkeyes again Saturday at 1 and will host Illinois in a doubleheader starting at noon on Sunday.
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