Feb. 22, 2013
Final: UCF 3, Indiana 2 (8)
CLEARWATER, Fla. –The Indiana softball team dropped a 3-2 decision in extra innings to Central Florida this afternoon in the Hoosiers’ opening game of the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla.
Meaghan Murphy is dealt the loss and falls to 4-3 on the year. The junior threw 7.1 innings for Indiana and allowed two earned runs while striking out three.
Indiana’s offense was held to four hits in the contest, with Amanda Wagner pacing the Hoosiers with her third consecutive multiple-hit effort. Jena Malmen and Brianna Meyer connected on one hit apiece.
The Knights jumped on the board in the third behind three hits and an IU error to take an early 2-0 lead.
The Hoosiers tied the ballgame thanks to two illegal pitches by UCF’s Mackenzie Audas in the top of the sixth inning. The two-run outing was kick-started by a leadoff walk of Kassi Farmer and a single from Wagner. Kelsey Dotson advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt to place runners at second and third. An IU strikeout put two outs against the Hoosiers, but an illegal pitch allowed Farmer to come in and score Indiana’s first run. Another illegal pitch plated Wagner to tie the game at two runs.
Neither team would plate another through seven innings, resulting in both teams to head into the eighth with an international tie breaker rule in effect.
Indiana managed to move a runner to third, but UCF coaxed three outs to get out of the top half of the frame.
In the bottom of the eighth, UCF drove a sac fly to right to advance the runner to third. A ball hit to center would be enough to bring across the winning run for Central Florida, snapping the Hoosiers’ six-game win streak.
Indiana will take the field for the second time today at 6 p.m. against UMass.