Feb. 15, 2013
Final: Indiana 2, Marshall 1
ATLANTA, Ga. - Despite being held to one hit, the Indiana softball team used solid defense and pitching to take down Marshall 2-1 in extra innings in their second game of the Georgia Tech Classic in Atlanta, Ga. The win improves the Hoosiers to 4-3, while Marshall falls to 2-4 on the year.
Lora Olson followed up Meaghan Murphy’s no-hit performance from earlier today with a solid effort of her own. The sophomore held the Thundering Herd to just one run and struck out six. Alongside some timely defense, Olson was clutch down the stretch and pitched her way out of some key situations.
Offensively, Kassi Farmer provided Indiana’s lone hit—an RBI single in the third. Samantha Heyman and Brianna Meyer scored one run apiece, while Kelsey Brannon drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
The Hoosiers used small ball to help put runners in scoring position and manufacture their first run in the top of the third. Meyer drew a one out walk and was moved to second on Lexi Reese’s sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Farmer helped Indiana to its first lead of the contest with a slow rolling single up the middle, waving Meyer around to score from second base.
Marshall answered in the top of the fourth with a squeeze bunt to tie the contest at one apiece. The Thundering Herd threatened to take the lead in that same frame, but Olson recorded a two-out, bases loaded strikeout to get the Hoosiers out of a jam.
Olson again came through in a big way in the top of the fifth inning, as she recorded back-to-back strikeouts with runners on base.
The bottom of the fifth started out much like the previous inning for Indiana, as Meyer was moved to second on Reese’s one-out sacrifice bunt. Farmer battled at the plate, but Marshall’s Andi Williamson got her to ground out to end the inning.
With the score deadlocked at one, Marshall started the top of the seventh inning with a bunt single. After a walk and double steal, the Thundering Herd had runners at second and third. With one out, Marshall attempted to lay down the squeeze, but to no avail, as it was popped up and into the glove of Olson for out number two. After loading the bases with a walk, Olson got Marshall’s Katalin Lucas to fly out to Amanda Wagner in foul territory to escape the inning unscathed.
In the bottom of the eighth, Samantha Heyman was placed at second as part of the international tie-breaker rule. Meyer started the frame with a walk, and both runners advanced on Reese’s third sac bunt in the contest. With one out, Brannon put a slow-roller in play, which was fired home but Heyman slid safely under the tag to give the Hoosiers their third straight win.
Indiana will again face Marshall tomorrow in their third game of the Georgia Tech Classic. First pitch is slated for 10:30 a.m. EST.