Nittany Lions Erupt Late To Earn Doubleheader Split With Hoosiers
May 2, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Indiana and Penn State were locked up in a pitcher's duel through five innings in game two at Nittany Lion Field, but the Nittany Lions came alive for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth on their was to a 9-1 win to earn the split.
Ashley Hobbs (3-14) took the loss in the circle for the Hoosiers (10-37, 4-14 Big Ten) but was also the top hitter for Indiana, going 2-for-3 for her first multi-hit game of her career. Kristin King had a single of her own and scored a run and Emily Bergeson had the last of the four hits in the game for Indiana.
Penn State (19-25, 7-11 Big Ten) scored first in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single by Shana Madura to take a 1-0 lead.
Indiana then evened the game at 1-1 in the top of the third inning when King singled up the middle and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. That would prove to be important when Emily Bergeson hit a hard ground ball to second base that went right through the legs of Kayce Zielinski, allowing King to come around and score.
The Nittany Lions added an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning to regain a 2-1 lead and the game looked destined to be a pitcher's duel right down to the finish.
Neither team mounted any kind of rally in the fifth inning and Hobbs collected her second hit of the game in the top of the sixth but IU could not do anything with it. Then in the bottom of the frame, Penn State was able to get to Hobbs for seven runs on seven hits to end the game.
Indiana closes its season next Saturday, May 9, at home against Purdue with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. In between the two games the five seniors on the Indiana roster will be recognized for their contributions to the IU Softball program.
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