Indiana Falls To Louisville In Final Non-Conference Game
April 23, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team got a complete game in the circle from freshman pitcher Sara Olson and had a couple close calls go against them in a 4-0 loss to the University of Louisville Cardinals (25-18) on Wednesday at the IU Softball Field. The Cardinals scored three unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning to break open a scoreless game.
Olson (2-8) wound up with the loss in her best all-around outing of the season. She only surrendered one hit, a single up the middle with two outs in the third inning before the Cardinals put together back-to-back hits in the top of the sixth inning and used an error to score three runs.
Kristen Wadwell (14-11) picked up the win for Louisville, going the distance and giving up four hits, three walks and striking out six.
In the top of the sixth inning, Indiana (13-32) misplayed a leadoff bunt attempt into an error, but was able to come back and get the lead runner on sacrifice bunt attempt to leave a runner at first with one out. Olson then hit the next batter with a pitch but rebounded with a strikeout for the second out of the inning. However, the error proved to be costly as it allowed the inning to continue for the Cardinals leading hitter, Chelsea Bemis. Bemis laced a double into center field that brought in two runs and she would score on an RBI single by Colby Wherry to make 3-0 in favor of Louisville.
The Hoosiers did all they could to mount a comeback in the bottom of the inning, including working around a couple calls that went in favor of Louisville. Jennilee Huddleston and Julia Hamilton both reached to start the inning and moved up to second and third on a one-out groundout by Olson. Things got a little interesting when senior Tory Yamaguchi stepped in. With the count 2-2, Yamaguchi drove a low and inside pitch deep down the left field line towards the foul pole. The ball was ruled foul as it went past the pole, negating a would-be game-tying home run. Yamaguchi ended up drawing a walk to load the bases for Stephanie Pellerito. She proceeded to hit a sharp ground ball down the third base line that was hugging the line the entire time but was also ruled foul, taking away a sure double and at least two runs for Indiana. Pellerito would strikeout swing a couple pitches later to end the inning and the threat.
Louisville got a solo home run from Brittany York to start the seventh inning for its fourth run of the game.
Indiana had one last gasp in the bottom of the seventh, this time trying to rally with two outs. Pinch hitter Brittany Stein singled on a blooper just over the pitcher's head and Huddleston followed by reaching on an error by the Wherry at shortstop. But the threat would end there when Julia Hamilton went down on strikes for the third out.
Hamilton did single in the bottom of the first inning for her 100th career hit as a Hoosier and then stole second base for her 49th career stolen base, remaining in sixth place on Indiana's career list. She is now the third active member of the Indiana softball team with at least 100 hits, while Bergeson is now just two hits away after going 1-for-3 on the day.
The Hoosiers will return to the IU Softball Field on Friday when they welcome the Illinois Fighting Illini at 4 p.m. in a Big Ten battle.
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