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April 6, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Freshman Macy Jones held Indiana to just five hits as Penn State used a three-run sixth to earn its first Big Ten victory of the season, 3-0, Saturday afternoon at Andy Mohr Field in Bloomington, Ind. The Nittany Lions (8-22, 1-6 Big Ten) and Hoosiers (18-20, 2-6 Big Ten) wrap up the series with the rubber match at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Jones (Ashburn, Va.) (7-9) struck out six Hoosiers over 6.2 innings of work after relieving starter Christy Von Pusch (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) in the first as Penn State notched its second shutout of the year. Senior Cassidy Bell (Bakersfield, Calif.) finished the day 2-2 at the plate with a single, double and two walks while Jones and senior Alyssa Renwick (Laurens, S.C.) both produced a pair of hits against the Hoosiers, as well. Renwick and freshmen Lexi Knief (Ramsey, N.J.) and Reina Furuya (Waipahu, Hawaii) tallied one RBI apiece.
Indiana's Lora Olson received the loss after allowing one earned run on seven hits in 5.2 innings of work. Kassi Farmer led the Hoosiers with a pair of singles.
The game opened quietly as the teams combined to produce seven hits scattered over the first five innings as neither squad could record more than one in a frame. Penn State's offense hit a boiling point in the top of the sixth, taking advantage of three hits, including a pair of triples, to plate a trio of runs.
Jones led off with her first career triple off the wall in right center before beating a throw to home on Furuya's fielder's choice to second. After a poor throw allowed the Lions to avoid a double play, Maegan Tupinio (Wahiawa, Hawaii) replaced Kasie Hatfield (Tampa, Fla.) on first and advanced to second on Kailyn Johnson's (Yorba Linda, Calif.) grounder to third. After moving to third on a passed ball, Tupinio scored when Knief belted a single to right field for her third RBI this season. The Nittany Lions added one more run when Knief scored from first on Renwick's triple over the head of the center fielder, increasing the lead to 3-0.
The Hoosiers strung together a pair of hits in their comeback attempt in the bottom of the seventh before Jones closed out the contest by striking out Brianna Meyer on three pitches.
Bell has now reached safely in 13-consecutive games and recorded a hit in 23 of 30 contests this season with her 11th multiple-hit game of the season Saturday. Jones and Renwick both have seven games with two or more hits this year.