Missed Opportunities Cost Indiana In 6-3 Loss To Utah State
Feb. 18, 2012
LAS VEGAS - Indiana (2-6) found itself facing a four-run deficit after the top of the first inning, but the Hoosiers did go away, putting pressure on Utah State until the final out of the game, but eventually suffering a 6-3 loss to the Aggies.
The Hoosiers did not register their first hit in the game until Cassie Gogreve's double to left field started the fifth inning. Indiana finished the game with six hits - two by Gogreve and Jena Malmen and one apiece for Jenna Abraham and Kelsey Brannon.
Lora Olson (1-4) started the game in the circle for IU and gave up six runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings, but most of that damage was done in the first four batters. Olson did have a season-best six strikeouts in the game. Meaghan Murphy came on to start the fifth inning and tossed the final three shutout innings, allowing four hits to go with a walk and one strikeout.
Utah State started the top of the first inning with three straight singles and a home run to clear the bases and put IU in a 4-0 hole. Olson settled down from there and allowed just four hits over the next four innings.
After Gogreve broke up Shelbi Tyteca's no-hitter in the fifth inning, Jenna Malmen followed with a RBI double to center field to cut the USU lead to 6-1.
In the sixth inning, Malmen struck again with a RBI single through the left side of the infield. Samantha Berenter then walked to load the bases and Brannon was brought in as a pinch-hitter. The left-handed hitter from Bloomington North laced a single back up the middle to plate another run and make it 6-3. But the rally would end there, when Breanna Saucedo grounded out to third base.
After Murphy kept Utah State off the board in the top of the seventh inning, the Indiana bats went back to work in the bottom of the frame, needing three runs to extend the game. Abraham tripled to right field with one out and Amanda Wagner drew a walk to put runners at the corner with one out. Cassie Gogreve was hit by a pitch with two outs to set the stage for Malmen again. But this time her line drive to the right side died in the glove of Utah State second baseman Lindsey Marquez for the final out of the game.
Indiana will conclude play this weekend in Las Vegas on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. ET against Memphis.
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