Hoosiers Take Early Lead But Fall To No. 8 Michigan In Game One
April 29, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Indiana (9-35, 3-12 Big Ten) took first inning lead against No. 8 Michigan (35-9, 11-2 Big Ten) but the Wolverine bats came alive over the final three innings to claim a 5-1 win in game one of a doubleheader at Alumni Field.
Bergeson led off the top of the first inning by lining the first pitch of the game into the right center field gap for a double. Kelli Ritchison followed with a slow roller to third that went in the books as a fielder's choice when Bergeson was looked back to second base. The runners advanced to second and third on a groundout by Brittany Stein before Jennifer Glueckert laced a sharp ground ball just out of the reach of the Michigan shortstop that brought home Bergeson and gave the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead.
Indiana starting pitcher Sara Olson then got a tremendous defensive effort to work around a leadoff walk and infield hit to keep the Wolverines off the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. A sacrifice bunt moved both UM runners into scoring position for the heart of the order. Amanda Chidester hit a ground ball into the hole at shortstop that Bergeson fielded but her throw to first pulled Bridget Langan off the base. As Langan caught the ball, she went to a knee, at which point the runner on third broke for home. Langan regained her balance and fired a strike to IU catcher Brittany Stein who applied that tag to the Michigan runner who had slid past the plate and missed the base. While this was going on, the runner that advanced to third strayed off the base too far and Stein threw to Kristin King who applied the tag for the third out of the inning.
The Wolverines evened the score in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single from Roya St. Clair. Dorian Shaw's eighth home run of the season gave Michigan a 2-1 lead.
Then in the sixth inning, Maggie Viefhaus hit a two-run home run to right field and starting pitcher Nikki Nemitz lifted her fifth home run of the year to left field for the final three runs for the Wolverines.
Sara Olson (6-13) went the distance in the circle for the Hoosiers, giving up five runs on seven hits while striking out four.
Nemitz (21-5) picked up the win for Michigan, going all seven innings and allowing one run on four hits and eight strikeouts.
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