For most of the game, Baldwin kept the Huskies' batters at bay. In the fourth inning, Baldwin got herself in a jam after she hit Caroline Thornburg with a pitch and walked Damia Mogielski. But she was able to escape the inning with the aid of third baseman Alexee Haynes and first baseman Abbey Jordan on a double play.
Baldwin finished the game with four strikeouts.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth on an RBI single by Jordan, Sissonville (10-11) appeared ready to blow the game open, loading the bases with one out in the sixth after Haynes' second double of the night, a Baldwin walk, and an error by Hoover. But the Huskies were able to escape the jam with no harm.
Plays such as those in the sixth gave Smith the confidence that her team - which has won 10 of its last 11 games - was going to play until the final at-bat.
"Everyone does their piece of the puzzle and their job," Smith said. "When you play hard for each other, it takes the pressure off one single person. They never lose faith in each other or the team. They are pretty tight group, which makes it easy to play well. You aren't just playing for you. You are playing for your sister right next to you."
Haynes went 2 for 3 with two doubles for the Indians.
"Here lately, it has either been the first or seventh inning where we shut down," said Indians coach Niki Gross. "It's frustrating because we play so hard and fight so hard for wins like this. We came here ready to play ball and it was taken from us here in the seventh inning late."
But Gross and her squad aren't ready to throw in the towel, especially after two close matchups against the Huskies. The Indians lost to the Huskies 3-2 last week on another run in the bottom of the seventh.
"I'm absolutely proud of these girls," Gross said. "They fought hard and gave everything they had. Now is the time to get better. I tell the girls all the time that these games are practice for when it really matters come sectional time."