Long Ball Lifts Hoosiers Over Wisconsin, 3-2
March 28, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana senior shortstop Emily Bergeson hit her second home run in as many games on Saturday, this time lifting the Hoosiers to the 3-2 win over the Wisconsin Badgers at the IU Softball Field, the first conference victory for head coach Michelle Gardner. Sophomore Sara Olson (4-5) pitched all seven innings to earn her fourth win of the season and her seventh complete game in the process. Olson and Bergeson combined for five the Indiana's 10 hits in the game.
The Hoosiers (5-23, 1-3 Big Ten) did waste any time getting on the board in game two by plating two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Freshman Heather Nelson started the rally with a single to shortstop and then stole second base to get into scoring position. Junior Kelli Ritchison put down a sacrifice bunt to move Nelson to third for Bergeson, who laced an RBI single back up the middle for a 1-0 lead for Indiana. A throwing error put runners on first and second with just one out and then Jennifer Glueckert was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Olson. Olson would deliver for IU with a single to left field to up the lead to 2-0 and keep the bases loaded but they would not be able to push across any more runs in the inning.
Wisconsin (11-21, 1-3 Big Ten) cut the lead in half in the top of the third inning after a triple and a single led to a run and a 2-1 IU lead. Letty Olivarez then hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to square the game a 2-2.
After Olson worked out of a jam in the top of the fifth to keep the score knotted at 2-2, when Bergeson stepped in to lead off the bottom half of the inning and crushed a pitch over the fence in center field for her fourth home run of the season to give IU the 3-2 lead.
In the top of the seventh Wisconsin got a one out double to put the tying run in scoring position for the top of the lineup. But Olson buckled down and retired the next to batters to preserve the win.
Olson's final line confirmed her effectiveness in the second game, giving up two runs on eight hits to go along with five strikeouts.
Wisconsin's Leah Vanevenhoven started the game but only retired one batter and giving up two runs on two hits before being relieved by Olivarez. Vanevenhoven was taken off the hook for the loss when the Badgers tied the game but Olivarez gave up the home run to Bergeson to take the loss. In her 5.2 innings of work, Olivarez only allowed one run on eight hits.
Indiana will travel to Evansville on Tuesday for a game against the Aces at 6 p.m. Eastern time.
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