Six-Run Third Inning Took Much For Hoosiers To Overcome at Ball State
April 14, 2010
MUNCIE, Ind. - Indiana freshman utility player Madison Diederich registred her first multi-hit game, including her first career home run, but Ball State (26-9) scored six runs in the bottom of the third en route to the 9-1 win in five innings over the Hoosiers at the BSU Softball Complex on Wednesday in game two of a doubleheader.
Similar to the first inning, the Cardinals came out of the gate early and took a 2-0 lead on the Hoosiers (9-27) after the first inning, but redshirt senior Monica Wright did a good job to limit the damage in the inning, as she came in relief of Jessica Dobson who allowed the first three batters to reach.
Wright then worked around an error in the second inning to keep Ball State off the board, but a pair of errors in the third inning led to six runs and a 8-0 lead for Ball State.
It was in the top of the fourth inning when Diederich stepped in and nearly hit her first collegiate home run, fouling off a pitch deep down the left field line. She climbed back in the box and delivered the next pitch over the wall in right center field for her first round-tripper of the season.
Ball State came right back in the bottom of the fourth inning to get that run back and take a 9-1 lead and the Hoosiers were not able to get a rally going in the top of the fifth so the run-rule was invoked with the score 9-1.
Indiana returns to Big Ten play this weekend with a pair of games at Minnesota. Saturday's game will begin at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT with live audio coverage on IUHoosiers.com.
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