Softball Closes Weekend With Pair of Losses
Feb. 16, 2014
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Indiana softball team closed out its stay at the Panther Invitational with two losses this afternoon, finishing the weekend 0-5 to drop to 1-9 overall. The Hoosiers suffered a 4-3 setback to host Georgia State before falling 6-0 to East Tennessee State.
GEORGIA STATE 4, INDIANA 3
The Hoosiers led through the first 3.5 innings of play before surrendering three runs in the fourth to eventually give Georgia State a 4-3 win. Indiana matched the Panthers with six hits in the contest, including a 1-for-3 effort by Jenna Abraham. The senior drove a two-run shot over the left field fence to give Indiana a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
After Abraham’s two-run shot in the second, the Panthers answered with a solo homerun in the bottom of the third.
A three-run homerun by GSU’s Lauren Coleman gave the Panthers a 4-1 lead though four, but the Hoosiers responded with some offense in the top of the sixth.
Brianna Meyer led off that inning with a single and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt. A walk and a GSU error loaded the bases with one out with Abraham due up at the plate. She reached on a fielder's choice, but Meyer was thrown out at home. Jena Malmen followed with an infield single to bring Indiana within one run, but that would be as close as Indiana would get as they fell 4-3 to the Panthers.
ETSU 6, INDIANA 0
A strong start by Boetjer prevented any earned runs to cross through the first five innings, but ETSU eventually made adjustments at the plate to drive in five runs in the final two innings for a 6-0 final. Boetjer struck out five to bring her season total to 30, more than half of what she tallied throughout the entire 2013 season.
An Indiana error put ETSU’s leadoff batter at second base to start the game. She would eventually score on a ground ball to shortstop, putting the Bucs ahead, 1-0.
In the fourth, Kassi Farmer singled to left and advanced to second on Abraham’s one-out base knock to the left side. With two outs, Michelle Huber turned on an inside pitch and sent a shot to third, but ETSU’s Danielle Knoetze touched the bag to get the final out of the inning.
After three ETSU runs in the sixth, Indiana looked to chip away in the bottom half of the frame. Saucedo’s single up the middle gave the Hoosiers a runner on with no outs. The next three Hoosiers were retired in order and sent the game into the final inning.
ETSU connected on its second homerun of the game to give them a 6-0 lead in the seventh. That score would become final with the Hoosiers going down in order to end the game.
Indiana will return to action next weekend at the Lipton Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.
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