Indiana Drops 12 Inning Marathon to Penn State, 3-2
May 14, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana redshirt senior pitcher Monica Wright pitched a career high 12 innings but an RBI groundout in the top of the 12th inning proved to be the difference as the Hoosiers suffered a 3-2 loss at the IU Softball Field on Friday afternoon.
Breanna Saucedo and Jennifer Glueckert, the top two batters in the Indiana (12-36, 4-14 Big Ten) lineup, combined for five hits in the game. Saucedo picked up her fourth three-hit game of the year and 16th multi-hit game of the season while Gluckert logged her 14th multi-hit contest of her senior campaign.
Penn State (29-22, 8-11 Big Ten) got on the board in the second inning thanks to a RBI double to left center by Danee Collett. The second PSU run of the game scored on a throwing error by Saucedo in the top of the third inning.
Indiana responded in the bottom of the third inning when a PSU error and Saucedo's first hit of the game put two on with one out for Glueckert. The South Bend, Ind., native laced a single back up the middle to plate Stander and IU cut the lead to 2-1.
Kristin King singled to lead off the fifth inning for the Hoosiers and moved to second on a single by Saucedo. A fielder's choice off the bat of Glueckert did not result in an out and the bases were loaded for Amanda Wagner. The freshman lifted a deep drive to right field that allowed pinch-runner Madison Diederich tag and score from third base to tie the game at 2-2.
From there, PSU starting pitcher Jackie Hill and Wright took over. Both pitchers worked out of jams over the next six innings. A leadoff double followed by a two groundouts plated what would prove to be the game-winning run.
Wright (4-14) allowed 10 hits and three runs, two earned, while walking three and striking out four in taking the loss. Hill (14-14) picked up the win, also pitching all 12 innings and giving up six hits and two unearned runs to go along with six strikeouts and two walks.
Indiana and Penn State will meet again on Saturday to close out the regular season, with the first pitch slated for 1 p.m. Prior to the first pitch, six IU seniors will be recognized for their dedication to the program.
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