Numerous Positives in Hoosiers' 8-2 Loss to No. 2 Michigan
April 8, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior Sara Olson hit her 14th career home run to move into 10th place on the all-time IU list, but No. 2 Michigan used 11 hits to pick up an 8-2 victory at the IU Softball Field on Thursday. Senior Monica Wright tossed 3.2 innigns of two-hit relief and junior Cassie Gogreve laced an RBI double to plate the other IU run.
The Michigan Wolverines (27-5, 4-0 Big Ten) came into the game with the second-best batting average in the conference and led the conference in home runs with six through the first three games. They added to that with three more against the Hoosiers (7-22, 0-3 Big Ten) but those were really the only mistakes that the Indiana pitching staff made in the game.
Freshman Jessica Dobson (1-3) got the start in the circle and went 3.1 innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits and two walks on her way to the loss. She arguably pitched one of her better games of the season, but the Michigan power hitters took advantage of some pitches over the middle of the plate as they scored all eight runs via home run.
Indiana finally got to Michigan starting pitcher Jordan Taylor (15-2) in the bottom of the fifth inning when Jennifer Glueckert led off with an infield single. Kelsey Stander came on to pinch-run and would score from first base on a double to center field by Gogreve.
Then in the seventh inning, Olson led off with a towering no-doubt home run to right field off Taylor, her fifth of the season and the 14th of her career to move into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time list at Indiana.
Wright entered the circle with one out in the fourth inning and went on to finish the game, allowing just two hits over the final 3.2 innings and was able to dance around four walks.
Freshman Breanna Saucedo also remained perfect in stolen base attempts, swiping her eighth bag in as many attempts this season. Gogreve also threw out UM's Bree Evans trying to steal third base in the first inning, the 17th time she has stymied an opponents' stolen base attempt this season.
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