Comeback Falls Short Loss To Georgia State
Feb. 14, 2014
ATLANTA, Ga. – A late comeback effort by the Indiana softball team fell short this evening, as the Hoosiers suffered 14-6 loss in five innings to Georgia State. IU managed to overcome a five-run deficit late in the game and strike for six in the top of the fifth, but those runs were quickly erased with nine GSU runs in the bottom of that same inning. The loss drops the Hoosiers to 1-5 on the season, while the Panthers open the year at 1-0.
Brooke Boetjer got the start for the Hoosiers, but Lora Olson (0-3) was dealt the loss after checking into the contest in the bottom of the fifth with a 6-5 Hoosier lead. The sophomore allowed seven runs on five hits before handing duties back to Boetjer who then surrendered a single and a homerun that put the Panthers ahead, 14-6, resulting in a walk-off run-rule in the fifth. Boetjer finished the day with 4.0 innings of work and one strikeout.
Indiana tallied eight hits in the contest, six occurring in the fifth, with Michelle Huber pacing the Hoosiers at the plate in a 2-for-3 performance with a single-game career high three RBI and a her first homerun of the year.
The Panthers jumped out of the gate early with a three-run shot to left in the bottom of the first by Lauren Coleman, but GSU’s bats remained dormant through the next few innings.
Indiana’s offense got to a slow start with their first hit of the game occurring in the fourth on a double by Kassi Farmer. CaraMia Tsirigos singled in that same frame to put runners on for the Hoosiers, but Georgia State’s Eron Milton coaxed a ground ball out from Jenna Abraham to end the threat.
Another homerun from GSU’s Coleman combined with a failed pickoff attempt allowed a pair of runs to come across to increase the Hoosiers’ deficit to five in the fourth, but Indiana finally answered loudly with a huge outing in the top half of the fifth.
IU’s lineup strung together five consecutive hits to take a 6-5 lead during that rally. Michelle Huber ignited the comeback by driving in Indiana’s first run of the ballgame on a homerun that sailed over the right-center field fence. Natalie Lalich and Erin Lehman posted back-to-back singles for a pair of runners, offering a prime opportunity for the top of the order. Breanna Saucedo took advantage and drove a softly hit ball back up the middle that allowed Lalich to wheel around from second base and slide under the tag to set the score at 5-2. Brianna Meyer’s single through the right side cut the Panthers lead to two runs before a bases loaded walk to Kelsey Dotson placed the tying run on third base. With two outs, Huber registered her second hit of the inning, this time a two-run single to give Indiana a 6-5 lead.
The Hoosiers advantage over the Panthers was short-lived however, as GSU managed to drive in nine runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game at 14-6.
The Hoosiers will continue action in Atlanta, Ga. with an 11 a.m. game with Georgia Tech before taking on UT-Martin at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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