Hoosiers Can't Break Into Hit Column Against Northwestern
April 19, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Indiana softball team struggled with Northwestern starting pitcher Lauren Delaney again on Saturday in a 13-0 loss in five innings to the Wildcats at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. Delaney kept the Hoosiers out of the hit column, her fifth no-hitter of the season and sixth of her career.
Northwestern got back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the second inning from Erin and Kelly Dyer to take a 2-0 lead against IU starting pitcher Jennifer Moore (1-5). The Wildcats went on to score two more runs later in the inning off relief pitcher Sara Olson on a single up the middle by Tammy Williams, who has the top batting average in the country.
In the top of the third, Brittany Devitt was hit by a Delaney pitch and moved into scoring position with a one-out sacrifice bunt by Jennilee Huddleston. But that is as far as she would get in the inning, as Delaney got a strikeout to end the threat.
Olson retired the side in order in the bottom of the third, but the Northwestern bats were back at it in the fourth, putting the game out of reach with nine runs on eight hits off Olson and Moore, who re-entered later in the inning.
Indiana will travel to East Lansing, Mich., for a doubleheader against the Michigan State Spartans on Sunday. The first pitch is schedule to be thrown at Noon.
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