Indiana Succumbs to Nittany Lions, 14-1
April 28, 2007
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State exploded for 14 runs in a two-inning span, topping Indiana in the second game of a two-game Big Ten series, 14-1 in five innings, on Saturday, April 28.
The Hoosiers (21-30, 1-15 Big Ten) picked up their only run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Junior Jennilee Huddleston got things started with a double to center, and sophomore Sarah Padove followed with a single up the middle to put runners at the corners. Senior Rachel Terry stepped in and smoked a line drive to right that was caught, but deep enough to allow Huddleston to score on the sacrifice fly.
The Nittany Lions (24-18, 5-5 Big Ten) got the only offense it would need in the top of the third inning. Consecutive one-out singles by Danielle Kinley and Jen Acunto put PSU in business, and Ashley Esparza followed with a walk to load the bases. The Hoosiers would get a crucial out at home on a fielder's choice for out number two, but Kayce Zielinksi stepped in and drilled a long drive down the left field line that just hooked fair around the foul pole for a grand slam. Jenn Reynolds followed with a home run of her own to center, giving the Lions back-to-back homers and a 5-0 lead.
Things just got worse the following inning, as Penn State rapped out seven hits and drew five walks to hang nine runs on the board. The Lions sent 15 batters to the plate in the frame, with Esparza banging out a two-run home run for the big hit in the inning.
Indiana reliever Monica Wright turned in a solid fifth inning, striking out the side.
Reynolds improved to 11-8 on the season, allowing just one run on four hits and two walks in 5 innings. IU starter Jennifer Moore (5-10) took the loss, allowing seven runs on seven hits and three walks in 3 innings.
Sophomore Emily Bergeson had two of Indiana's four hits, as she was 2-for-3 on the day. Five PSU players had two hits each, led by Esparza's 2-for-2, four-RBI effort.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, April 29, with a doubleheader at Ohio State. First pitch for game one is set for noon.
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