Indiana Falls to Minnesota in First Big Ten Road Game
April 4, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Indiana softball team suffered a 7-3 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Friday evening in its first road game in the Big Ten. Jennifer Glueckert had an RBI single while Emily Bergeson and Jennilee Huddleston each drew bases loaded walks in the fifth inning for the three Indiana runs.
Minnesota starting pitcher Briana Hassett (14-4) struck out 16 Indiana batters to earn the win while Monica Wright (6-10) took the loss for Indiana. The junior from Morrison, Ill., gave up seven runs on nine hits but just four were earned, as the Hoosiers committed two errors in the field.
Indiana leadoff batter Julia Hamilton reached base three times in the game with two hits and a walk and Emily Bergeson continued to get on base as well for the Hoosiers. Bergeson went 0-for-2 but did draw a pair of walks in game allowing her to reach base in nine of her last 11 plate appearances.
The Golden Gophers (20-10, 3-2 Big Ten) broke through with a run in the bottom of the first inning and added three more in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead.
Indiana (9-24, 0-5 Big Ten) threatened in the top of the third inning against Hassett when Julia Hamilton reached on the equivalent of a swinging bunt with one out. She then stole her fourth base of the season to get into scoring position. But Hassett thwarted the rally by striking out the next to batters to preserve the 1-0 Gopher lead.
The Hoosiers rallied in the top of the fifth with three runs of their own to bring IU to within one at 4-3 Julie DiNallo doubled down the right field line and moved over to third base on a single by Brittany Stein. Glueckert then followed with a line drive back up the middle that ricocheted off the pitcher's glove and into the hole between shortstop and third base to allow DiNallo to score. Hamilton put down a picture perfect bunt to load the bases before Bergeson and Huddleston both drew walks to force home a pair of runs.
Minnesota got those three runs right back in the bottom of the inning to regain a four-run advantage and went on to win by that score.
Due to the poor weather conditions in the forecast for Saturday, Indiana and Minnesota will complete their two-game series with game two of a doubleheader on Friday night.
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