Indiana Loses To Purdue In Extra Innings To Close Season
May 10, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sara Olson and Emily Bergeson each hit home runs for Indiana (10-39, 4-16 Big Ten) but the Purdue Boilermakers (29-18, 12-8 Big Ten) scored the game-winning run in the top of the eighth inning for the 8-7 win. It was the second win in extra innings on the day for Purdue after they took game one by a score of 2-1 in eight innings.
Bergeson hit her 16th career home run in the sixth inning to bring the Hoosiers within a run after trailing 7-2 early in the game. Later in the sixth, Kelsey Stander collected her third hit of the game and then stole second to get in scoring position for Jennifer Glueckert. Glueckert promptly delivered a single up the middle to tie the game at 7-7 with one inning remaining.
In the eighth, Purdue's Candace Curtis led off with a double and was sacrificed over to third base. Katie Mitchell then hit a shallow fly ball into foul territory that IU right fielder Kelli Ritchison caught on the dead run and threw home to try to get the tagging Curtis. The throw was a fraction of a second late and the Boilermakers took the 8-7 lead.
Bergeson started the bottom of the eighth with a one-out double to right center field that missed tying the game by mere feet. Stander then sacrificed her to third base to put Glueckert on the hot seat yet again. The junior fell behind in the count early but worked it even before hitting a line drive that look destined for center field before PU shortstop Liane Horiuchi stepped in front of it for the final out of the game and a 8-7 win for Purdue.
Indiana senior Ashley Hobbs (3-15) started in the circle for the Hoosiers and was replaced by Sara Olson on multiple occasions during the game, only to return after Olson got out of a couple jams. Hobbs allowed all 14 of Purdue's hits in the game as well as eight run, five earned, and a pair of strikeouts. Olson totaled 1.1 innings of work with a pair of strikeouts and did not allow a hit.
Ashley DiDomenico (2-0) earned the win in relief for Purdue, pitching the final 2.2 innings and allowing just one hit. Dana Alcocer started and gave up seven runs on 12 hits in 5.2. innings.
Bergeson and Stander combined to go 6-for-8 in the game with four RBI and three runs scored. Sara Olson also added a pair of hits, including a no-doubt home run to left field in the fifth.
The Boilermakers scored three runs in the top of the first inning against Hobbs before Olson was brought in to get out of the jam. Then in the bottom of the frame, the Hoosiers had two on with one out but a pair of popouts ended any IU threat.
In the second inning, Purdue added two more runs on three hits with the big blow coming from Curtis' two-run single to center field to make it 5-0 going to the bottom of the second. In the bottom of the second, Stander delivered a hard single up the middle to score two runs and cut the Purdue lead to 5-2.
The Boilermakers scored single runs in both the top of fourth and fifth innings until Olson jumped on the first pitch she saw in the bottom of the fifth to cut the Purdue lead to 7-4.
Indiana closes its season at 10-39 overall and 4-16 in the Big Ten.
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