Ball State Tops Hoosiers In Battle of In-State Rivals
April 15, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosier bats were unable to get on track against the Ball State Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon at the IU Softball field, amassing four hits in a 8-0 loss in six innings. Jennilee Huddleston doubled in the second inning to lead Indiana (12-28, 2-8 Big Ten) offense.
Ball State starting pitcher Elizabeth Milian improved to 14-8 on the season with the win while IU starting pitcher Jennifer Moore (1-4) suffered the loss.
Moore retired the side after walking the leadoff batter but then ran into control problems in the second. The Cardinals (27-21, 5-5 MAC) got back-to-back home runs to start the inning and then loaded the bases with no outs before Monica Wright was brought on in relief. Wright walked the first batter she faced to force in a run, but that was all the Cardinals would get in the inning as Wright buckled down to keep the game within reach.
In the bottom of the frame, Huddleston led off with a double to the wall in left center field, her 37th career double, tying Aimee Lonigro for seventh on the career list at Indiana. She moved to third on a groundout later in the inning but Indiana was not able to come up with the key two out hit and the score remained 3-0 in favor of Ball State.
The Cardinals added one run in the fourth and then four more in the sixth off freshman pitchers Alyssa Maiese and Sara Olson to take an 8-0 lead and Milian kept IU off the board to get the win for the Cardinals.
Indiana will jump back into Big Ten play this weekend, hitting the road for a pair of games at No. 13 Northwestern and Michigan State. The Hoosiers and Wildcats will get the weekend started at 4 p.m. Central time on Friday.
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