No. 16 Ohio State Tops Indiana in Game One
April 8, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 16th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes scored seven runs on seven hits in the first inning on their way to a 14-4 win in five innings over the Indiana Hoosiers at the IU Softball Field in the first game of a doubleheader. Sara Olson had two hits and drove in three for the Hoosiers (5-27, 1-6 Big Ten) and Brittany Stein also added an RBI.
Olson (4-8) started in the circle but the Buckeye bats got to her in the first inning for seven runs on seven hits in two-thirds of an inning. The biggest blow in the inning was a grand slam off the bat of Alicia Herron to right field.
In the bottom of the first, Emily Bergeson drew a two-out walk and moved to second on a single through the right side by Brittany Stein. Olson followed with a towering drive to center field that hit the fence on the fly, narrowly missing a home run, but bringing in both runners to cut the OSU lead to 7-2.
Ohio State (29-6, 6-1 Big Ten) added two more runs in the second and one more in the third inning of IU relief pitcher Ashley Hobbs to make it 10-2 through three innings. Indiana rallied for a run in the bottom of the fourth when Olson got into another pitch from Kim Reeder for her fifth home run of the season and eighth of her career.
The Buckeyes then put the game out of reach in the top of the fifth inning thanks in large part to Herron again, as she hit her second home run of the game, a three-run home run, to give OSU a 14-3 lead.
Just as they have countless times this season, the Hoosiers did not go down quietly in the bottom of the fifth. Kelli Ritchison was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice by Kelsey Stander. Emily Bergeson then singled to left field, advancing Ritchison to third. Stein then followed with an RBI groundout for the Hoosiers' final run of the game.
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