Bergeson's Home Run Not Enough in 5-4 Loss to Wisconsin
March 28, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior shortstop Emily Bergeson drilled a two-run home run and scored a pair of runs but the Wisconsin Badgers used a three-run first to hold on for a 5-4 victory at the IU Softball Field on Saturday. Brittany Stein and Sara Olson also drove in runs for the Hoosiers.
Wisconsin (11-20, 1-2 Big Ten) jumped on IU staring pitcher Ashley Hobbs (1-8) in the top of the first inning and chased her after just a third of an inning. Olson was brought on in relief and was able to minimize the damage and keep the Hoosiers (4-23, 0-3 Big Ten) within reach.
After the Badgers scored their trio of runs in the top of the first, Indiana clawed back thanks to Bergeson's bomb that cleared the scoreboard in left center field for her third home run of the season and brought the Hoosiers to within a run at 3-2.
Wisconsin got one of those runs back in the top of the second inning when the executed a double steal to perfection, increasing their lead to 4-2. They added another run in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Karla Powell through the left side of the infield.
But just as they have all season, the Hoosiers continued to battle right through the final pitch. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Bergeson recorded her second hit of the day with an infield single and then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Stein followed with a rocket down the third base line to score Bergeson easily and bring the score to 5-3. Later in the inning, with runners at second and third, Olson lifted a popup into foul territory down the left field line that was deep enough to score pinch runner Brittany Devitt and trim the UW lead to one at 5-4.
But that is as close as the Hoosiers would get against Wisconsin pitcher Letty Olivarez (8-14), who tossed a complete game to get the win. She allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out seven and walking just one.
Hobbs took the loss for Indiana by giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk in a third of an inning. Olson came on and was solid in relief, tossing the final 6.2 innings and surrendering two runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out four and not figuring in the decision.
The game was scheduled to start at noon and be part of a doubleheader due to inclement weather expected on Sunday, but rain delayed the first pitch until roughly 1:45 p.m.
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