Wright's One-Hitter Leads Hoosiers Past Ohio State
April 12, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior pitcher Monica Wright tossed a one-hitter and got a clutch two-run single from freshman Sara Olson in the sixth inning as the Hoosiers (12-27, 2-8 Big Ten) went on to blank the Ohio State Buckeyes (24-15, 3-7 Big Ten) by a score of 4-0 at the IU Softball Field on Saturday afternoon.
Wright (9-11) picks up her second shutout of the season and her 12th complete game in 20 starts for the Hoosiers this season. Kim Reeder (13-10) took the loss for Ohio State, also going the distance and giving up four runs on eight hits.
The Hoosiers struck in the bottom of the first inning when senior centerfielder Julia Hamilton hit a slow roller to shortstop that she beat to first base and then was able to advance to second on the throwing error by the shortstop. Junior second baseman Julie DiNallo advanced Hamilton to second with a sacrifice bunt and Bergeson followed with a bunt of her own that allowed Hamilton to score, but not after a nifty slide at the plate to avoid the tag.
Indiana struck again in the bottom of the third inning, this time mounting a two-out rally. Bergeson drew a walk and Tory Yamaguchi singled to put two on for Indiana leading hitter, Jennilee Huddleston. The senior from Peachtree City, Ga., came through with a soft single to center field the plated Bergeson and the Hoosiers had a 2-0 lead.
Ohio State got a leadoff single in the third inning for its only hit in the game, but they were able to use one Indiana error and four walks from Wright to threaten in a couple of innings. The Hoosiers were not going to let Ohio State's Sam Marder beat them in this game, as they walked her in all three of her plate appearances. In the fourth, she drew a walk and moved to second on an error by DiNallo. Wright then buckled down and got Rachael Sheppard to ground out to first base to retire the side.
It was Bergeson and Yamaguchi back in the middle of all the action in the home half of the fifth. Bergeson singled to center and Yamaguchi walked with one out. After both had moved up one base on a ground out, it was Olson that stepped in to battle Reeder. The freshman from Orland Park, Ill., fouled off a couple pitches, including one off her own leg, before sending one back up the middle that got into center field to bring both runners in and giving Wright some insurance with the top of the Ohio State lineup looming in the top of the sixth.
In the sixth, Ohio State's leadoff hitter, Brittany Vanderink drew a leadoff walk and was followed by a one-out walk to Marder. Both runners moved up one base on a groundout by Karisa Medrano, setting the table for Tory Haddad. Wright and Haddad battled for 12 pitches before Wright got her to swing and miss at a pitch on the outside corner at the knees for strike three and the third out.
Wright set the Buckeyes down in order in the top of the seventh inning to keep the shutout in tact and earn her ninth win.
The Hoosiers will be back in action at the IU Softball Field on Tuesday when they look to even the score against the Ball State Cardinals at 4 p.m. Indiana and Ball State met at the USF Spring Break Tournament in Tampa, Fla., earlier in the year and the Cardinals came away with a 4-2 win in that game.
-- With her strong outing on Saturday, Wright concludes a week that saw her go 2-1 with a 1.33 ERA. She also started and finished all three games for the Hoosiers during the week.
-- The two runs batted in for Sara Olson marks the second time this season she has had multiple RBI in a game. The other came on March 14 in Clearwater, Fla., against Rutgers when she went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI.
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