Wisconsin Completes Sweep With 7-1 Win in Game Two
April 16, 2007
MADISON, Wis. - Indiana senior Kim Richards hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to spoil Wisconsin's shutout, but the Badgers completed the doubleheader sweep with a 7-1 win in game two at Goodman Diamond on Monday, April 16.
Indiana (19-23, 1-9 Big Ten) was held off the bases until the fourth inning, when Julia Hamilton slapped a single through the right side to break up Wisconsin starter Letty Olivarez's perfect game. Hamilton took second on a wild pitch, but was doubled off by Badger center fielder Samantha Polito on a line drive off the bat of Sarah Padove. Junior Jennilee Huddleston singled up the middle to keep the inning going, and senior Rachel Terry followed with a four-pitch walk, but Olivarez got a popup to end the frame with no damage done.
The Badgers (23-13, 5-5) jumped on IU for three runs in the first inning. After two of the first three batters walked, Athena Vasquez singled to load the bases. Ricci Robben followed with a walk to knock in Joey Daniels. Katie Hnatyk scored on a wild pitch, and Alexis Garcia singled up the middle to bring in Vasquez. IU starter Christy Wahl struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
Wisconsin would add four runs in the top of the fourth inning, three of which were unearned. Olivarez reached on an error to lead things off, and Lynn Anderson followed with a single through the right side. Daniels lifted a double to deep left to score Olivarez, and Polito followed with a walk to load the bases. Hnatyk brought in Anderson with a sac fly, and Vasquez walked to reload the bases. One out later, Garcia singled to left to bring in the Badgers' final two runs.
Richards spoiled Olivarez's shutout with her seventh home run of the season, a bomb to left center with two down in the seventh.
Olivarez improved to 8-6 on the season, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk in 7 innings of work. She retired the side in order in the first, second, third, fifth and sixth innings.
Wahl dropped to 2-2 on the season, allowing seven runs, four earned, on eight hits and six walks in 7 innings. She struck out a career-high nine batters.
Hamilton, Huddleston and Richards had the Hoosiers' three hits, while Garcia (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) and Polito (2-for-3, run) led the way for the Badgers.
Indiana returns to action on Wednesday, April 18, at Evansville. The game will start at 6 p.m.
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