Feb. 9, 2013
The Indiana softball team’s offense unleashed 15 hits in its 15-7, five inning decision over Bradley this afternoon at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
Both the 15 hits and 15 runs are most since March 13, 2011 when the Hoosiers plated 18 on 17 hits in an 18-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The Hoosiers’ bats came alive early and stayed that way throughout the contest, as Breanna Saucedo, Brianna Meyer, Jenna Abraham and Kassi Farmer each recorded multi-hit games. Abraham added four RBI on a grand slam and a triple and Meyer also drove in four runs for the Hoosiers.
Saucedo started what would eventually become an 11-run offensive outing for Indiana with a triple to left center. Brianne Meyer would drive her in with her two-run shot that cleared the center field fence, giving the Hoosiers an early 2-0 lead. Jenna Abraham followed with a triple and would eventually be scored on a single by Kassi Farmer. A Shannon Cawley single and a Shelby Gogreve sacrifice fly pushed the Hoosiers’ lead to five before Saucedo’s second hit of the inning gave Indiana a 6-0 lead. After a bases loaded walk, Abraham made the most of her second plate appearance that inning, blasting a towering grand slam that found its way well beyond the center field fence to close out the 11-run first inning effort.
Bradley answered with four runs in the bottom half of the first, but Indiana responded with three runs of their own in the third. After Saucedo reached on a base hit, Meyer drew a walk and Brannon was hit by a pitch, Amanda Wagner
poked a deep fly ball to score Saucedo from third and give her squad a 12-4 lead. Farmer closed out the Hoosiers three-run third with a two-run double, setting the score at 14-4.
After Bradley scored two in the bottom of the third, Meyer connected on an RBI-single in the fourth to bring the score to 15-6.
Bradley then threatened in the fifth with a run, but it was too little too late as the Hoosiers took away the 15-7 win in five innings of play.
Meaghan Murphy (1-1) picked up her first win of the year after striking out five and holding opposing batters to just three earned runs.