Softball Drops Two in Second Day of Kajikawa Classic
Feb. 8, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Indiana softball team dropped a pair of contests this afternoon in the Hoosiers' second day of action at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Indiana fell 9-0 in five innings to No. 22-ranked Stanford in the opening contest and fell in a closely matched 10-7 meeting with San Jose State.
The Hoosiers connected on just two hits in their loss to Stanford compared the Cardinal's 13. Erin Lehman singled and Michelle Huber provided a pinch hit base knock to account for the Hoosiers' offense.
Lora Olson was handed the loss and falls to 0-2 on the young season. She threw 2.0 innings and allowed four runs on five hits. Meaghan Murphy entered the game and tossed 3.0 innings where she gave up five runs on eight Stanford hits.
The Cardinal plated a run in each of the five innings played, but it was a four-run second inning that would set the Hoosiers back early at 5-0. Indiana put itself in prime position to generate runs with a pair of baserunners in scoring position in the bottom half of the second inning with Shelby Gogreve at the plate. She would manage to put the ball in play, but the Stanford defense successfully made the throw to first to end the threat.
After the Cardinal homered in the third, Indiana came back to start the bottom of the frame with their first hit of the game, a single to left off the bat of Lehman. Indiana wouldn't be able to move the runner any further as a fielder's choice, a strikeout and a runner leaving early closed out the third.
Stanford homeruns in the fourth and fifth innings increased the Cardinal's lead to nine. Huber reached on a pinch hit single, but that would be as far as the Hoosiers would get, falling by a 9-0 final in five innings.
After a quiet offensive outing from the Indiana lineup against Stanford, the Hoosiers' bats came alive for 10 hits against San Jose State - the highest total so far in 2014. Indiana's fight at the plate was apparent throughout the game as well with seven of those hits occurring with two outs. Seven players in the Cream and Crimson lineup recorded a hit and three Hoosiers had multi-hit days, highlighted by Kassi Farmer's two solo shots this afternoon. Her two homeruns are not only a first for the sophomore, but they also represent the first multi-homerun effort by a Hoosier since Amanda Wagner connected on two against Purdue on April 7, 2012. Kelsey Dotson and Huber also recorded a pair of hits each.
Brooke Boetjer got the start in the circle and tossed the first 4.2 innings before handing over duties to Murphy. Murphy (0-1) would eventually be credited with the loss in 1.1 innings of work.
Farmer's solo homerun lit up the scoreboard early for Indiana in the opening frame, but San Jose State answered with three in the bottom of the first. Without hesitation, the Hoosiers clawed back and produced three runs in the second to reclaim a one-run lead at 4-3.
RBI-singles by Huber and Lehman pushed Indiana out front 6-3 before SJSU tallied a run to set the score at 6-4 through three complete innings.
A three-run fifth for SJSU knotted the game at 6-all, but again the Hoosiers would come back with an answer their following at-bat, this time Farmer's second two-out solo homerun of the game.
Indiana headed into the bottom of the sixth hanging on to a 7-6 lead; however, back-to-back homeruns eventually lifted SJSU over the Hoosiers, 10-7.
Indiana will close out the weekend with Cal Poly tomorrow at Noon ET.
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