Missed Opportunities Doom Hoosiers In 2-0 Loss at Michigan State
April 20, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Indiana softball team had more than share of chances to get on the scoreboard in the first game of a doubleheader, but left 10 runners on base and Bianca Mejia hit a walk-off two-run home run to give Michigan State the 2-0 win.
Indiana third baseman Jennilee Huddleston started the second inning with a one-hop double off the wall in right center field. Designated player Sara Olson followed with a hard single through the left side of the infield to put runners at the corners with no outs. But Michigan State (23-20, 7-6 Big Ten) starting pitcher Lesley Noel settled down to retire the next three batters in order to keep the game scoreless.
The double by Huddleston moves her into a tie for fifth on the career doubles list at Indiana with 38, matching Mary Haslinger and Pam Lee.
In the bottom of the third inning, two Indiana (12-31, 2-11) errors put Spartans on second and third with two outs but Monica Wright got Traci Nicosia to line out to first base to end the threat and the inning. She once again got out of a jam in the fourth by inducing a flyout to centerfield with runners at second and third to end the MSU half of the inning.
The top of the fifth inning saw Kristin King draw a leadoff walk and advance to second on a single by Julia Hamilton. A walk by Emily Bergeson loaded the bases but Tory Yamaguchi popped up to first base for the final out in the frame.
The seventh inning saw IU once again have a chance to put the first run of the game on the board when Jennifer Glueckert drew a leadoff walk. She was sacrificed to second base and moved to third on an infield single by Bergeson with two outs. Yamaguchi stepped in next and lifted a fly ball to right field that was caught to end the inning.
The Spartans started the bottom of the inning with an infield single by Nikki Nicosia, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt to set the table for Mejia's game-winner.
Monica Wright (9-13) went the distance in the circle for Indiana, but took the loss. She allowed two runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out one. Lesley Noel (13-13) picked up the complete game shutout for the Spartans, working around five hits and five walks in the game.
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