Sara Olson Does It Again With Three-Run Homer Against Iowa
April 27, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana freshman Sara Olson was back at it again for the Hoosiers on Sunday in game one of a doubleheader with the Iowa Hawkeyes. She went the distance in the circle to get the win and provided her own offense by crushing a three-run home run in the Hoosiers 3-2 win at the IU Softball Field.
Olson (3-8) was able to work around a pair of walks and a fielder's choice that loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with no outs by inducing two ground balls to shortstop Emily Bergeson who threw home for the force outs. The final out of the game was a slow roller to second baseman Julie DiNallo who flipped it to Bergeson at second for the out.
Iowa (35-16, 12-5 Big Ten) opened the scoring in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI groundout by Chelsey Carmody after Quinn Morelock doubled to start the inning.
In the bottom of the frame, Indiana (15-33, 5-12 Big Ten) Jennilee Huddleston singled to center field with one out and moved up to second when Emily Bergeson drew a 15-pitch walk with two outs. Olson, the cleanup hitter for the Hoosiers, stepped in next and lifted a pitch on the outside corner deep to left field and over the fence for her second home run of the season to give Indiana a 3-2 lead. She hit a walk-off grand slam on Friday against Illinois for her first home run of the season.
The Hawkeyes came out in the sixth and got a solo home run from Summer Downs to leadoff the inning, but Olson settled down and got the next three Hawkeyes in order to maintain the Hoosiers 3-2 lead and escaped an improbable jam in the seventh for her fourth complete game of the season.
Olson's final line showed only four hits allowed to go along with three walks and three strikeouts. Brittany Weil (22-12) took the loss for Iowa by giving up three runs on four hits with nine strikeouts.
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