First Inning Struggles Cost Hoosiers Against Saint Mary's
Feb. 11, 2012
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It was the first inning that proved to be the undoing for Indiana (1-2) as they allowed the Saint Mary's College Gaels to score seven times en route to a 8-3 loss for the Hoosiers. The game was played on the campus of New Mexico State University as part of the Hotel Encanto Invitational.
In the circle, it was a rough start for freshman Lora Olson as she struggled to find the strike zone consistently from the start. She ended up facing six batters and did not record an out in the first inning before sophomore Meaghan Murphy was brought in. Olson was charged with six earned runs on three hits but Murphy settled down and kept the Gaels (1-3) at bay for the remainder of the game. She pitched the final six innings and allowed two earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and a walk.
It was actually the Hoosiers that took the early lead when Abraham doubled sharply down the left field line to plate Kelsey Brannon.
After Saint Mary's put seven runs up in the bottom of the first, it was up to the Hoosiers to respond and they were not able to until the fourth inning. Once again, Abraham was in the middle of it with an infield single and a stolen base before Amanda Wagner crushed a two-run homer to center field to make it 7-3.
The Gaels got one run back in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it 8-3 and the Hoosier bats were never able to get the offense going against Britany Linton, who gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out just one.
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