Bergeson Homers But No. 6 Michigan Pulls Away Late In Big Ten Home Opener
March 28, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team opened Big Ten play on Friday at home against No. 6 Michigan Wolverines and trailed by one run after four innings. But the Wolverine bats got hot in the last three innings and pulled away for a 10-2 win at the IU Softball Field.
Junior shortstop Emily Bergeson staked the Hoosiers (7-20, 0-1) to an early 1-0 lead with her third home run of the year, an opposite field shot to right field with two outs in the bottom of the first off Michigan Starting pitcher Nikki Nemitz. Bergeson would reach base in her final two plate appearances via walks to finish the day 1-for-1 with two walks and two runs scored.
But Michigan (26-3, 1-0) responded in the top of the second inning with a two-run single by Teddi Ewing to take a 2-1 lead. In the top of the fourth inning it was Nemitz helping her own cause at the plate with an RBI single to bump the UM lead to 3-1.
It would be Bergeson once again in the middle of the Indiana rally in the bottom of the inning, drawing a one-out walk. Senior Tory Yamaguchi followed with a frozen rope off the center field wall that allowed Bergeson to score all the way from first base at cut the Michigan lead to 3-2. But Nemtiz (12-1) settled down after that and did not allow a hit the rest and struck out 10 batters on her way to the win.
Junior Monica Wright got the nod in the circle for the Hoosiers and kept the powerful Michigan bats at bay for the first four innings. But a three run homer by Maggie Viefhaus in the fifth inning put the Wolverines out front for good and handed Wright (4-8) the loss in the process.
Wright's final line showed seven runs allowed, six of which were earned, on eight hits with one strikeout and three walks in 4.2 innings of work. Jennifer Moore came on in relief for the final 2.1 innings and allowed three runs on two hits and three walks.
In addition to the hits by Bergeson and Yamaguchi, Julie DiNallo recorded the only other IU hit off of Nemitz, a leadoff single in the third inning.
The Hoosiers and Wolverines will do battle once again on Saturday at the IU Softball Field with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
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