Gogreve's Grand Slam Propells Hoosiers to First Big Ten Win Over Michigan State
April 10, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Cassie Gogreve drilled a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning to erase a two-run deficit and lead the Hoosiers (8-23, 1-4 Big Ten) to a 6-4 victory over Michigan State at the IU Softball Field on Saturday in Big Ten play. Junior Sara Olson (5-9) went the distance in the circle to pick up the win, allowing four runs on four hits and six strikeouts.
"We really wanted this win today," Indiana head coach Michelle Gardner said afterwards. "We did not give up after Michigan State extended their lead and Cassie put a great swing on the ball and really delivered when we needed it today."
The Spartans (16-18, 2-3 Big Ten) had just extended their lead to 4-1 following a two-run top of the fifth inning. But the fearless leadoff hitter for the Hoosiers, Breanna Saucedo, line a single into center to start the bottom of the inning and Kelli Ritchison hit the next pitch into right center field to allow Saucedo to advance to third.
Michigan State then brought in their ace, Lauren Kramer, to attempt to squash the IU rally. But the Hoosiers were not to be denied, as Jennifer Glueckert hit a slow roller back towards the circle that Kramer fielded and flipped to the catcher to get the speedy Saucedo who was trying to score on the play. However, a spectacular slide by Saucedo avoided the tag and reached the plate all in one motion to cut the MSU lead to 4-2. Olson was then hit by the pitch to load the bases for Gogreve, still with no outs in the inning. The native of South Pasadena, Calif., worked the count to 3-1 against Kramer and then deposited the next pitch over the fence in center field for a grand slam and a 6-4 lead.
It was the first grand slam by an IU batter since Sara Olson did it on March 14, 2009, against Hofstra.
Olson retired the Spartans in order in the sixth and seventh innings to pick up the win and her fourth complete game of the season.
Michigan State struck first in the opening frame on a two-run home run by Lauren Kramer, her fourth on the year. Indiana rallied back in the bottom of the frame when Saucedo and Ritchison produced back-to-back hits to start the IU attack. But a failed bunt attempt led to the first out and then a pair of ground balls to the left side of the infield ended the threat without any damage.
The Hoosiers created their own break in the bottom of the second inning, thanks to some aggressive base running with two outs. Senior Kristin King drew a two-out walk and then stole second base and moved over to third when the throw went into center field and bounced passed the center fielder. Freshman Samantha Heyman stepped in and swung and missed at strike three, but the ball bounced out of the catcher's glove and all the way to the backstop to allow Heyman to reach first base safely and King to score from third, making it 2-1 in favor of MSU at the time.
Indiana and Michigan State will be back at it on Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at the IU Softball Field. Live Audio and Gametracker statistics will be available at IUHoosiers.com
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