Hoosiers Rally Twice But Tulsa Prevails In Game Two, 7-5
April 18, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Emily Bergeson hit her sixth home run of the season and had three hits but Tulsa (28-14) held off a pair of Indiana (7-32) comeback attempts to claim the 7-5 win and sweep the doubleheader at the IU Softball Field on Saturday.
Sara Olson (5-10) took the loss in the circle for Indiana, pitching the first two innings and giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits and one strikeout. Ashley Hobbs came on in relief and gave up four runs on seven hits over the final five innings.
Tulsa relief pitcher Jordan Kinard (10-5) picked up the win by pitching four innings of relief and giving up three runs on four hits while working around four walks. Starting pitcher Katie Lee tossed the first three innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits with two walks and a strikeout.
The Golden Hurricane scored three runs in the second inning, but only one was earned after an IU error allowed the inning to continue.
Indiana mounted its first rally in the bottom of the third with a leadoff walk and a double from Jennifer Glueckert to put two runners in scoring position. After a groundout, Bergeson singled back up the middle to bring home the first run. Sara Olson stepped in next and was hit by the pitch to load the bases. Then, with two outs and Ashley Hobbs at the plate, a passed ball brought in the second run of the inning to bring IU to within a run a 3-2.
In the fifth, the Golden Hurricane added a pair of runs on a two-run home run from Kelly Chapman that just barely cleared the fence in left field, increasing the Tulsa lead to 5-2.
But Indiana had a response in the bottom of the frame when Kelli Ritchison led off with a single to shortstop and was followed by a walk to Bergeson and a sacrifice bunt from Sara Olson to put two runners in scoring position with one out. Bridget Langen plated the first run of the inning with an RBI groundout to third base. The second run would come in on a wild pitch from Kinard to make the score 5-4 through five innings.
The sixth inning saw Tulsa extend its lead yet again thanks to a bases loaded double from Brooke Smart, making it 7-4 in favor of the Golden Hurricane.
Bergeson led off the last half of the seventh her sixth home run of the year, and 15th of her career, to left field. But that would be all the Hoosiers would be able to muster against Kinard in the seventh in taking the loss.
Indiana returns to the IU Softball Field on Wednesday for a doubleheader with the Ball State Cardinals starting at 3:00 p.m. This was originally schedule to be just one game but with both teams having lost games due to weather this season, it was changed to a doubleheader.
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