Olson No-Hits No. 16 Ohio State in 1-0 Loss
April 8, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana sophomore Sara Olson became the 10th pitcher in Indiana softball history to pitch a no-hitter on Wednesday against No. 16 Ohio State, however she became the first to be the losing pitcher when tossing a no-no. Ohio State scored the only run of the game on a bases loaded illegal pitch on Olson in the third inning to take the 1-0 win at the IU Softball Field. The last no-hitter for Indiana came on April 12, 2006 when Mariangee Bogado shutdown Kentucky for her third no-hitter of her career.
Olson (4-8) was spectacular right from the start, striking out the side in the top of the first inning on her way to a season-high nine strikeouts in the game. All this coming after she allowed seven runs in two-thirds of an inning in the first game of the doubleheader. Following a hit batter and an illegal pitch put a runner at third with two outs in the second, Olson fanned Alicia Herron to end the threat.
In the third inning, Olson issued a leadoff walk to Rebecca Schultz, who was then sacrificed to second. Ohio State (30-6, 7-1 Big Ten) leadoff batter Dee Dee Hillman follwed by reaching on a fielder's choice to third to put runners at first and second with one out. After another fielder's choice put runners on the corners, the chose to walk Sam Marder, who has 14 home runs on the year to load the bases. With the bases loaded, Olson was called for an illegal pitch, allowing all the runners to advance one base and push across what would prove to be the only run of the game.
The Hoosiers would not go down quietly in the seventh when Molly Anderson started a rally by getting hit by a pitch. Pinch runner Brittany Devitt moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Julie DiNallo to bring up the speedy Kelsey Stander. Stander hit a slow roller to Rachael Shepherd, who fielded it cleanly and made a wide throw to first but Tory Haddad was able to keep her foot on the base as she sprawled out to make the catch for the final out of the game.
Ohio State's Lindsay Bodeker (11-3) picked up the win for the Buckeyes, going all seven innings and allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out eight of her own.
The no-hitter is the 23rd in Indiana softball history.
Indiana will be back in action on Saturday at Michigan State starting at noon. The game will be broadcast LIVE on the Big Ten Network. Sunday's game against the Spartans will also start at noon and be carried live on Big Ten Network.
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