Feb. 17, 2013
Final: Indiana 10 GT 2
ATLANTA, Ga. - Strong pitching combined with an impressive offensive showing by the Indiana softball team helped the Hoosiers to a 10-2 win over No. 24 Georgia Tech this afternoon. Indiana went undefeated on the weekend to win the Georgia Tech Classic in Atlanta, Ga. and recorded its sixth straight victory along the way. The six consecutive wins ties 2012's season best, where the Hoosiers closed out the year with six straight in back-to-back, three game sweeps over both Michigan State and Nebraska.
At the GT Classic, the Hoosiers outscored opponents 28-5. The five runs in five games are the fewest allowed in that same span since Indiana held opponents to just two runs through five contests from April 28-May 7, 2011.
Meaghan Murphy (4-2) closed out a stellar weekend with a career-high 10 strikeout performance in the circle. She threw 7.0 innings and allowed two earned runs and did not walk a single GT batter.
Murphy received plenty of offensive support in the win and showed fight at the plate, as Indiana pushed across eight of its 10 runs with two outs against them. Eight different Hoosiers combined for 10 hits with Amanda Wagner pacing Indiana with a 3-for-4, three RBI day. Kassi Farmer also drove in three runs for IU.
Indiana wasted no time to get on the board. Brianna Meyer led off the top of the first with a double to the left centerfield gap and was moved to third on a Lexi Reese sacrifice bunt. Thanks to a wild pitch by Georgia Tech's Hope Rush, Meyer was able to sprint home and slide in safely to give the Hoosiers an early 1-0 lead.
In the top of the sixth, Indiana took advantage of Georgia Tech miscues and used timely hitting to add to its lead. Shannon Cawley drew a walk and eventually made her way to third after GT made a throwing error that failed to get Kelsey Dotson at first. With runners at the corners, Samantha Heyman slapped one to short, allowing Cawley to slide in for the Hoosiers' second run of the ball game. With two outs against them, the Hoosiers strung together back-to-back , two-run doubles by Farmer and Wagner to take a comfortable 6-0 lead.
Georgia Tech broke up the shutout with a solo shot in the bottom half of the sixth inning, but Indiana quickly erased it with four runs in the seventh.
Those four runs all crossed the plate with two outs, the first of which behind Reese's bases loaded single through the left side. Farmer was then hit by a pitch to bring in Heyman, and a Wagner single to right scored Indiana's ninth run of the ballgame. The Hoosiers 10th and final run was driven in by freshman Michelle Huber. The rookie made the most of the first collegiate at bat, as she singled to left to put IU ahead, 10-1.
The Yellow Jackets made some noise in their final at bat, hitting another solo homerun to cut the deficit to eight. A single and double put runners at second and third for Georgia Tech, but Indiana recorded back-to-back outs to close out the Georgia Tech Classic in winning fashion.
Indiana will be back in action on Feb. 22 against UCF at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.