Iowa's Early Offense Downs Hoosiers in Big Ten Opener
April 3, 2010
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Iowa Hawkeyes scored three runs in the first inning and added single runs in the second and third on their way to a 5-1 victory over Indiana in the conference opener for the Hoosiers at Pearl Field. Five different Hoosier batters collected hits in the game while freshman Jessica Dobson tossed 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Indiana (7-20, 0-1 Big Ten) made three loud outs in the top of the first inning but were not able to get anyone on base. Redshirt senior Monica Wright (2-7) started in the circle for the Hoosiers and gave up a three-run double to Chelsea Carmody in the bottom of the first to give Iowa (17-13-1, 3-0 Big Ten) a 3-0 lead.
In the second inning, the Hawkeyes added another run on a sacrifice fly and then the fifth and final run scored on Indiana catcher Cassie Gogreve's first passed ball of the season. Freshman Jessica Dobson came on to relieve Wright with one out in the third inning and escaped the inning with no further damage.
Gluckert laced her second triple of the season to center field to leadoff the top of the fifth inning but a nifty double play by the Hawkeyes erased her from the base paths and ended the inning. The sixth inning saw Breanna Saucedo and Kelli Ritchison pick up base hits with two outs but the Hoosiers were not able to come up with the big two-out base hit and went to the seventh inning trailing 5-0.
In the top of the seventh, Gogreve lined her sixth double of the season to center field with two outs. Samantha Berenter followed by reaching on an error, allowing pinch-runner Kelsey Stander to score from second base to make it 5-1. Pinch-hitter Maria Gillis drew a walk to extend the inning but freshman Cassie Loweth, also pinch-hitting, grounded out sharply to shortstop to end the game.
Wright took the loss for Indiana, allowing five runs on eight hits in 2.1 innings of work. Dobson was spectacular in relief, holding the Hawkeyes to just three hits in her 3.1 innings in the circle while striking out two.
Gogreve extended her conference lead in runners caught stealing with her 15th and 16th runners caught in the game.
Indiana will take on Iowa again on Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT. Live audio and live statistics will be available through IUHoosiers.com
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