Hoosiers Fall to Louisville on the Road, 1-0
April 4, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville got a dominant pitching performance from freshman starter Kristen Wadwell, and Indiana was only able to pick up a pair of hits on the day as the Hoosiers fell on the road to the Cardinals, 1-0, on Wednesday, April 4, at Ulmer Stadium.
The Hoosier bats were held silent until the top of the sixth inning, when freshman Jennifer Glueckert reached on an infield single to break up Louisville's no-hitter. Wadwell was masterful in the first five innings, issuing just a leadoff walk before retiring the next 15 batters in order. After reliever Catherine Bishop got a groundout to start the sixth, Glueckert sent a ball to the left side of the infield that UofL shortstop Courtney Moore was able to corral deep in the hole, but could not get to first in time.
Finally in business, Indiana (18-17, 1-3 Big Ten) would threaten to score. After Bishop got a strikeout for out number two, sophomore Sarah Padove singled through the left side. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch to put runners at second and third for junior Jennilee Huddleston, but Huddleston was unable to beat out a grounder to end the frame.
The Cardinals (20-16, 3-1 Big Ten) got the only run they would need in the bottom of the third inning. Audrey Rendon reached on an infield single with one out, and Melissa Roth was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Moore followed with a single through the left side to load the bases, and Rendon scored on Brooke McCrain's fielder's choice to put the only run of the day on the board. Indiana starter Monica Wright induced another fielder's choice to end the inning.
Prior to the sixth inning, Indiana's best scoring chance was in the top of the first inning, when junior Julia Hamilton earned a walk to lead off the game. Hamilton stole second to get into scoring position, but IU was unable to move her, stranding her there.
Wright (11-10) was solid throughout the contest, allowing just five hits and a walk in 6 innings to suffer the hard-luck loss. She struck out five.
Wadwell, who re-entered the contest after the Hoosiers batted in the sixth, retired the side in order in the seventh to preserve the win. She improved to 5-5 on the season by allowing just one walk in 6 complete innings of work. Bishop allowed two hits in 1 inning.
Louisville's five hits came from just two batters, as Rendon went 3-for-3 with a run and Moore was 2-for-2.
Padove was 1-for-3 and Glueckert was 1-for-2 for the Hoosiers.
Indiana returns to Big Ten play on Sunday, April 8, when it will host Northwestern in a doubleheader starting at noon.
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