Hoosiers Drop 2-1 Pitchers Duel In Eight Innings To Purdue
May 10, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana sophomore Brittany Stein crushed a game-tying solo home run to send the game into extra innings Saturday however the Boilermakers (29-18, 11-8 Big Ten) received some timely hitting on their way to a 2-1 victory over the Hoosiers. Indiana (10-38, 4-15 Big Ten) senior Ashley Hobbs also finished with a strong hitting performance Saturday, recording a pair of singles and a base on balls.
Stein belted her fifth home run of the season, and first since March 1st, to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 1-1. But Purdue retired the next three Hoosier batters in order to send the game into extra innings. In the extra frame, the Boilermakers scored what would prove to be the winning run on Candace Curtis's second RBI of the contest.
Senior pitcher Sara Olson was outstanding in her 14th complete game performance, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out four. Following a leadoff double to start the game, Olson didn't allow another hit until the sixth inning on a double from Purdue's Molly Garst, a span of 18 straight batters. The hit proved to be costly as Garst was driven in on an ensuing double by third baseman Candace Curtis to give Purdue the 1-0 lead.
The Indiana pitcher also received outstanding support in the field which included a stellar diving catch by Hoosier second baseman Julie DiNallo in the fourth inning. DiNallo's full-extension dive to her right side robbed Purdue's Katie Mitchell of a crushed line drive base hit.
Olson's performance was matched by Boilermaker starter Suzie Rzegocki as the game remained scoreless through the first five innings. Rzegocki struck out seven batters, allowing just one run on six hits.
The Hoosiers and Boilermakers return to the field for game two roughly 30 minutes after game one. In between games five seniors for the Hoosiers will be honored.
--by Bill Erwin
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