Nittany Lions' Six First Inning Runs Stand Up in 6-1 Win Over Hoosiers
March 30, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Penn State Nittany Lions scored six first inning runs off Indiana starting pitcher Sara Olson and it proved to be enough on their way to a 6-1 win in the second game of a Big Ten doubleheader at the IU Softball Field Sunday. Tory Yamaguchi blasted her third home run of the season, and 36th of her career, for Indiana's only run.
After the rocky start, Olson (2-5) was able to battle through some control issues to finish the game and give up just two hits after the first inning for a total of six in the game. And although she walked 10 batters in the game she struck out six to match her season high. Penn State starting pitcher Jackie Hill (12-4) also went the distance and surrendered one run on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
In that first inning for Penn State, they coaxed five walks out of Olson and used four hits to plate their six runs.
Indiana (7-23, 0-4 Big Ten) threatened in the third inning with Julia Hamilton drawing a leadoff walk. She was at third base with two outs following a sacrifice bunt and a groundout to second base by the next two batters. Yamaguchi stepped in and hit a rocket right at the shortstop, who fielded and threw to first for the final out of the inning.
Yamaguchi would get her own measure of revenge in the sixth inning, launching a no-doubt home run to left field that moved her to within two home runs of the all-time home run leader Monica Armendarez's 38. It was also her 91st career run batted in which puts her in seventh place on that all-time list at Indiana.
The Hoosiers got a pinch-hit single from Stephanie Pellerito and a pinch-hit double from Sarah Padove to put runners at second and third with just one out. But Hill buckled down and retired the next two batters to end the rally.
This week the Hoosiers will try for their third straight non-conference win when they travel to the University of Kentucky on Tuesday for a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.
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