April 22, 2009
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Senior Ashley Hobbs threw her first shutout of the season and held the Ball State Cardinals to one hit in the Hoosiers 8-0 win in five innings in game two of the doubleheader on Wednesday.
Emily Bergeson, Kristin King, and Kelsey Stander all had two hits to lead the Indiana offense.
The run-rule win marks the first time since March 25, 2007, that Indiana (9-32) invoked the run-rule on an opponent. It is also the first time since March 5, 2006 that the Hoosiers shutout an opponent in a run-rule victory.
Hobbs (3-12) allowed a leadoff single in the top of the first inning and then shutdown the Cardinals (23-21) offense the rest of the way to get the win.
While Hobbs was keeping the Ball State offense in check, the Indiana offense was just getting started. Bridget Langan laced her first career triple to right field with one out in the second and scored on a two out single by Stander to give Indiana a 1-0 lead. Bergeson then stepped in with the bases loaded and delivered a double to left center that scored three runs to increase the IU lead to 4-0.
The Indiana bats were back at it in the bottom of the fourth when Molly Anderson started the rally by getting hit by a pitch. She then advanced to second base on a wild pitch and moved to third on a passed ball. King followed with a single through the left side of the infield, allowing Anderson to score the Hoosiers fifth run of the game. Later in the inning Ritichison singled to shortstop to bring home Stander, who had reached on a bunt single earlier in the inning. Jennifer Glueckert's single to right field scored pinch-runner Brittany Devitt for the third run of the inning and a 7-0 lead.
Hobbs made quick work of Ball State in the top of the fifth inning, so the Hoosiers needed just one run in the bottom of the inning for their first run-rule win of the season. Hobbs leadoff the inning by drawing a walk and was replaced at first base by pinch-runner Heather Nelson. Anderson followed with a single through the left side to put the winning run in scoring position. King wasted little time giving the Hoosiers the win, as she drilled a single off the wall in right field that allowed Nelson to score from second base and give Indiana the 8-0 win.
Eight of the nine batters in the IU lineup collected hits in the game and seven different Hoosiers scored a run in the game as well.
Indiana will return to Big Ten play this weekend, as they host No. 24 Iowa. Saturday's game will begin at 2 p.m., with an Alumni Day recognition taking place on the field 15 minutes prior to first pitch. Sunday's game will begin at 1 p.m. and is Girls Scouts Day at the IU Softball Field.