Hoosiers Rally In Seventh For First Big Ten Win
April 6, 2008
MADISON, Wisc. - Indiana senior third baseman Jennilee Huddelston drilled a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to give the Hoosiers a 5-2 lead after they had rallied for two runs earlier in the inning to tie the game. A couple errors in the bottom of the seventh led to the third unearned run of the game for Wisconsin but Indiana hung onto it for a 5-3 win.
Earlier in the seventh freshman catcher Brittany Stein was brought in to pinch-hit and started the rally with a single through the left side with one out. After pinch-hitter Kari Bettenbrock popped out for the second out, freshman pitcher Alyssa Maiese was brought in to hit for Kelli Ritchison. Maiese entered the game with just seven at bats on the season but came through in a big way with a double off the wall in left center field to drive in the first run for the Hoosiers. Emily Bergeson followed with a line-drive single up the middle to plate Maiese and tie the game. The inning continued when Tory Yamaguchi drew a walk to bring Huddleston to the plate. The native of Peachtree City, Ga., lifted the pitch from relief pitcher Letty Olivarez to deep center field and over the wall for her second home run of the season to give IU a 5-2 lead.
Junior starting pitcher Monica Wright (7-10) did not have an easy time of it in the seventh but was able to get the third out for her ninth complete game of the season. The native of Morrison, Ill., also struck out a career-high 10 on her way to the win, bettering her previous career high of eight. Her final line showed just four hits allowed and three runs but all three were unearned.
Wisconsin scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a leadoff error and a walk put two on with no outs. The first run came around on a double by Valyncia Raphael and run number two crossed home on an RBI groundout by Ricci Robben.
Leah Vanevenhoven was in line to get the win after pitching six scoreless innings and surrendering just five hits to go along with six strikeouts and two walks. But Letty Olivarez (4-13) was brought in to start the seventh inning and took the loss by allowing those five earned runs in the inning.
- The game was broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
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