IU Fall Classic Brings Fall Season To A Close
Oct. 6, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team concluded its fall schedule on Sunday by hosting the IU Fall Classic at the IU Softball Field. The Hoosiers went 1-0-1 on the day to wrap up their fall slate with a 4-0-1 mark. Indiana defeated Lake Land College in the first game by a score of 3-1 and was tied with Ball State at the conclusion of seven innings in their second game of the day.
"I felt good about our performance yesterday," Indiana head softball coach Michelle Gardner said. "I felt we made some nice defensive plays and found some ways to produce some runs in support of our strong pitching performances."
In the first game of the day, sophomore Sara Olson laced a one-out double into left center field that moved junior Jennifer Glueckert, who drew a walk one batter earlier, to third base. Sophomore Brittany Stein dropped a single down the left field line that plated Glueckert to give the Hoosiers an early 1-0 lead.
After Lake Land tied the game in the top of the fifth inning, Olson stepped in with two outs and two runners on and laced a line drive into the gap in right-center to plate both runs and give IU the 3-1 win.
Senior pitcher Monica Wright baffled the Lake Land batters in her three innings of work, recording strikeouts on eight of the nine outs she recorded. Sophomore Alyssa Maiese came on to pitch the final three innings and allowed one run on three hits to get the win.
In the second game of the day for the Hoosiers, it was Olson once again providing the offense with a mammoth three-run blast over the scoreboard in left field to stake the Hoosiers to a 3-0 lead. Freshman Samantha Berenter added a sac fly later in the first to increase the IU lead to 4-0. Berenter was also the star in the field at third base for Indiana, making a handful of dazzling plays with her glove, including a trio of tremendous assists in the first inning to retire the side.
Ball State was unable to mount any kind of a threat until the fifth inning when they rallied for three runs to trim the IU lead to just one. Senior Ashley Hobbs kept the Cardinals off the board in the sixth inning but Ball State clawed back for the equalizer in the seventh inning and the game ended in a 4-4 tie at the conclusion of the allotted 90 minutes for each game.
"After seeing our team play this fall, I am very happy with the improvement we showed from start to finish," Gardner said about the fall season. "We got stronger as the fall went along and you could see the players buying into the program under the new coaching staff. I am very confident that we will continue to grow over the winter and be ready to go when the start of the spring season get here."
The Hoosiers will continue off-season work in preparation for the spring schedule, which will be announced as soon as the schedule is complete. Check back with IUHoosiers.com for more information as it becomes available.
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