Hoosiers Drop Heartbreaker to BYU On Walk-Off Single, 8-7
Feb. 18, 2012
LAS VEGAS - Despite three home runs by Indiana (2-5), it was BYU that got the walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to hand the Hoosiers the 8-7 loss on Saturday at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic hosted by UNLV. Jenna Abraham, Amanda Wagner and Shannon Cawley all went deep for Indiana in the game.
Abraham was 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored while Breanna Saucedo and Cawley also had two hits for Indiana.
In the top of the first inning, Saucedo led off with a single and moved to second on the groundout by Kelsey Brannon. Abraham walked with two outs before Amanda Wagner reached on a throwing error, allowing Saucedo to score and Abraham to move to third base. Cawley stepped in a drilled a single back up the middle to make it 2-0 in favor of Indiana after a half inning of play.
BYU got one run back in the bottom of the first inning against sophomore Meaghan Murphy, as the left-handed pitcher was able to work out of trouble late in the inning and prevent a bigger inning for BYU.
BYU tied it in the bottom of the fourth inning with three runs, forcing Lora Olson to come on and pitch for the Hoosiers. Abraham then led off the top of the fifth inning with a solo home run to left field that just cleared the fence to make it a 5-4 Indiana lead. The Hoosiers made it 6-4 in the top of the sixth inning on Brianna Meyer's RBI single off the second baseman's glove.
The Cougars again bounced back to chip away at the Indiana lead, getting a run back with the help of an IU error. But the Hoosiers again used the long ball to regain the two-run advantage thanks to freshman Shannon Cawley's first collegiate home run, a blast to center field that easily cleared the fence.
So Indiana led 8-6 going to the bottom of the seventh inning, just three outs from their first win of the weekend. Following a leadoff walk, Olson recovered to strikeout the next two batters. Another walk and a hit batter loaded the bases with two outs. After a bases loaded walk forced in a run, a two-run single down the left field line that Abraham nearly made a miraculous diving catch on plated the tying and winning run for BYU.
Murphy pitched the first three innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Olson suffered the loss (1-3), giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
BYU used three pitchers, none of which pitched more than 2.2 innings in the game.
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