April 13, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana (8-25) allowed the go-ahead run to score in the top of the seventh inning and then mounted a furious rally in the bottom of the frame but could not push across the tying run in a 3-2 loss to the Evansville Purple Aces (12-21) at the IU Softball Field. Indiana junior Sara Olson went the distance in the circle and also hit her sixth home run of the season.
The Purple Aces got on the board in the top of the first innign when Jen Stahlhut hit a deep fly ball to right field that IU's Kelli Ritchison had a beat on. As she drifted back towards the fence, the ball landed in her glove and then bounced out as she crashed into the fence and landed over the fence, resulting in a home run for Stahlhut.
In the bottom of the first inning, freshman Breanna Saucedo dropped down a perfect bunt to third base and then stole second base before Ritchison sacrificed her to third base. Senior Jennifer Glueckert lifted a fly ball to center field that was deep enough to score Saucedo and even the score at 1-1.
After UE put a run on the board in the top of the fourth inning, Olson stepped in the box with one out and drilled the Kendall Kautz offering over the 220 foot sign in straightaway center field to knot the game at 2-2.
Olson and Kautz continued to put zero's up on the scoreboard until the Purple Aces strung together a couple hits and used an IU error to plate what would turn out to be the game-winning run.
Indiana battled until the end in the bottom of the seventh inning, starting with a one out walk from freshman Amanda Wagner. Freshman Chelsea Noble came on a pinch-runner and stole second base and was still there when senior Kristin King drew a two-out walk to keep the inning alive. Freshman Madison Diederich was sent to the plate as a pinch-hitter and gave Kautz all she could handle but eventually hit a soft fly ball to right field for the final out.
Despite earning an RBI on the sacrifice fly in the first inning, Glueckert failed to get a hit in the game to end her seven-game hit streak. The Hoosiers' defense also turned its 15th double play of the game to end the third inning. Indiana also stole four bases in the game to improve to 35-for40 in that category on the season.
Kautz (9-8) was credited with the win, allowing two runs on three hits and two strikeouts. Olson (5-11) took the tough-luck loss by giving up three runs on nine hits and four strikeouts on her way to her fifth complete game of the season.