Michigan State Tops Indiana in Five, 10-0
April 20, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Michigan State pounded out six home runs and Indiana's offense could never get on track as the Spartans downed the Hoosiers on Friday, April 20, 10-0 in five innings.
Caitlin Mahoney (two), Dayna Feenstra, Meghan Darhower, Gina Mondo and Dana Rosenblatt all went deep for Michigan State (23-21, 1-6 Big Ten), which scored all 10 of its runs via the longball.
The offensive explosion overshadowed a dominant performance by MSU starter Lesley Noel, who was perfect through 3 1/3 innings. With the score 6-0 in the Spartans' favor, Indiana sophomore Sarah Padove broke up the perfecto with a single through the left side with one out in the fourth. One out later, junior Jennilee Huddleston narrowly missed getting Indiana (20-24, 1-10 Big Ten) on the board, smashing a double high off the wall in left center to just miss her seventh home run of the season. IU was unable to score, however, as Padove had to hold at third and Noel got a grounder to short to get out of trouble.
The hits by Huddleston and Padove were the only ones Indiana would record in the contest. Huddleston's double, her 14th of the season, moved her into a tie for eighth place on IU's single season list.
MSU picked up its first run in the second inning, when Mahoney stroked a two-out solo home run just out of the reach of IU center fielder Kim Richards in left center. Mondo added a solo shot down the left field line in the third inning, and Mahoney hit her second of the day in the fourth, a two-run blast, to put Michigan State up 4-0.
Still in the fourth, Mondo singled with one out and Rosenblatt made the most out of her turn as a pinch hitter, taking a drive out to deep left. After an IU error prolonged the inning, reliever Christy Wahl came in and struck out pinch-hitter Kelly Confer to end the frame.
The Spartans tacked on four more in the top of the fifth on two-run home runs by Feenstra and Darhower before the Hoosiers' turned a nifty double play to end the inning. With Mondo on second after a double, Nikki Nicosia lifted a fly ball to junior Julia Hamilton in left. Hamilton caught the ball on the run, then fired the ball in to second to double off Mondo, who had broken for third.
Mahoney and Mondo were both 3-for-3 to lead the Spartans.
Noel improved to 6-4 on the season with the two-hit shutout. Indiana starter Monica Wright (13-15) took the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
The Hoosiers and Spartans will wrap up the two-game series on Saturday, April 21, with first pitch set for 1 p.m.
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