IU Opens Lipton Invite With 3-1 Loss to No. 1 Florida
Feb. 22, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Indiana softball team held the top-ranked team in the country to its fewest hits in a single game so far this season in the Hoosiers' (1-10) 3-1 loss to No. 1 Florida (14-0) in Gainesville, Fla. this evening.
Despite opening the Lipton Invitational with a loss, Lora Olson (0-5) put together one of her best performances on the season. The junior tossed 7.0 innings and held the No. 1 ranked Gators to four hits, the lowest offensive output for the Gators so far this year. Olson fanned a pair of batters and surrendered two unearned runs on four hits in her first complete game effort in 2014.
Florida’s Delanie Gourley (5-0) got the win in 7.0 innings of work. She allowed one earned run on four Hoosier hits while striking out nine.
Indiana matched Florida’s four hits this evening with Breanna Saucedo accounting for three in her season-best 3-for-4 performance. The redshirt senior’s first multi-hit effort of the year extends her hitting-streak to six games and gives Saucedo a hit in 9 of her 10 contests played.
Jenna Abraham represented Indiana’s fourth hit of the night. She reached on a bunt single in her first plate appearance of the day.
Olson kept Florida’s lineup hitless through the first two innings before the Gators struck for three hits in the top of the third. UF plated a pair of runs with two outs on back-to-back hits to give the Gators its first lead of the game.
The Hoosiers cut their deficit in half behind key hits and aggressive base running in the bottom half of the inning. Saucedo reached base for the second consecutive time on a one-out single and later advanced 60 feet with her second swiped base of the season. Back-to-back walks would load them up for Indiana, eventually bringing Michelle Huber to the plate with two-away. The 1-0 pitch to Huber sailed high and out of reach for Florida catcher Aubree Munro. The passed ball gave Saucedo an opportunity to slide in at home to set the score at 2-1.
Florida answered in the top of the fourth, managing to push a run across without connecting on a single hit in the inning. A walk, IU error and a sacrifice bunt gave Florida runners on second and third. The two consecutive two-out walks that followed pushed the Gators ahead, 3-1.
Both teams were held scoreless through the next two innings, sending Indiana to its final at bat in the bottom of the seventh. Kayla Mathewson checked in to pinch hit for Shelby Gogreve and reached after she was hit by a pitch to start off the inning. Erin Lehman sent a hard hit ground ball to third base, but Tofft’s throw to get Mathewson at second sailed into the outfield and helped Indiana to runners at first and second with no outs. A pair of fly ball outs brought Farmer to the plate with the tying run on first base, but a strikeout would close out the game as a 3-1 final.
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