Michigan Bats Power Past Hoosiers
March 29, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The sixth-ranked University of Michigan Wolverines used the long ball on their way to an 8-0 win over the Indiana Hoosiers at the IU Softball Field Saturday afternoon in six innings. Four different Wolverines hit home runs in the first four innings and they used three hits to score the final three runs in the sixth to get the win.
Indiana starting pitcher Sara Olson (2-4) took the loss in the circle, going 3.2 innings and surrendering just four hits and walking three. However, all four of the hits allowed were home runs for the Wolverines (27-3), three solo home runs and one two-run shot.
Jordan Taylor (15-2) picked up the complete game win for Michigan, giving up just three, all singles, and striking out seven.
The Hoosiers (7-21) got things going in the first a day earlier against Michigan with a solo home run by Emily Bergeson in the opening frame to give IU an early lead. Things looked to be starting the same way for Indiana on Saturday when Julia Hamilton dropped a single over the third baseman's head for an infield single. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kelli Ritchison, but the next two batters were retired in order to end the threat.
Michigan followed with two solo home runs in the bottom of the first to take the 2-0 lead. The lead jumped to 3-0 following a leadoff home run in the second and Roya St. Clair rounded out the home run barrage with a two-run shot in the fourth to give UM a 5-0 lead.
Monica Wright came on to pitch the final 2.0 innings and gave up three runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
The Hoosiers will conclude their 10-game homestand with a doubleheader against Penn State starting at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Both games of the doubleheader will be broadcast LIVE on the Big Ten Network, the first-ever softball broadcast on the Network.
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