Hoosiers Sweep On Day Two Of NFCA Leadoff Classic
Feb. 23, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. –The Indiana softball team swept on its second day at the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a 3-1 win over James Madison before posting a closely contested, 1-0 victory over Fordham.
Indiana 3, James Madison 1
In the Hoosiers opening game of the day, Indiana strung together five hits and took advantage of three JMU errors to plate three runs against the Dukes.
Lora Olson pitched 5.1 innings in the win and struck out six JMU batters—the first five of which came consecutively in the first two innings.
Indiana waited until the third to post its first runs of the ballgame. Kelsey Brannon started things off with a single to right center field and advanced to second when Kassi Farmer drew a two-out walk. A JMU fielding error put Amanda Wagner at first safely and allowed Brannon to score and put the Hoosiers ahead, 1-0 before a second fielding error by the Dukes helped Indiana push its second run across.
Indiana pushed its lead to three runs in the fourth. Shelby Gogreve reached based with a one-out walk and was eventually brought around to score after Brianna Meyer and Shannon Cawley connected on back-to-back singles.
James Madison answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth, and looked to capitalize again with runners in scoring position in the sixth inning. With runners and second and third with one out, Meaghan Murphy checked into the circle to take over pitching duties for IU. Murphy was able to induce a fly ball to right field where Meyer was able to make the catch. JMU’s Sarah Mooney tagged up on that fly ball in an attempt to sprint home and cut the Hoosiers’ lead to one, but Meyer fired home to Dotson who held on to the tag to get out number three.
Murphy coaxed two fly outs and a ground ball to help herself to her first save of the season and the second in her career.
Indiana 1, Fordham 0
Clutch defensive plays alongside superb pitching helped Indiana in its win over Fordham in the Hoosiers’ second game this afternoon. Despite only having two hits, Indiana found a way to win with last minute offense in the sixth inning.
Wagner and Dotson were the lone Hoosiers to connect with singles against Fordham’s Jamie LaBovick, with Wagner coming up with the eventual game-winning RBI in the bottom of the sixth.
Murphy remained impressive for the Indiana pitching staff, as she held Fordham scoreless in her first shutout of the season and the fourth in her career. She would also slide in to score IU’s winning run in the sixth.
The Rams looked as though they would strike first in the top of the second inning after hitting back-to-back singles with one out. In the following play, Fordham’s Brianna Ciuffi was waved around on a Taylor Pirone single, but Samantha Heyman showed off her arm and fired home to get her for out number two. A fly out to center would end the inning and keep the game scoreless as it headed into the top of the third.
Heyman again came up with a big throw, this time in the sixth, to get Fordham’s LaBovick who was caught trying to advance from first to third on a single to centerfield. The out ended the Rams attempts to take a lead late in the game and left two runners stranded.
In the sixth, Dotson singled to left field to register IU’s first hit of the game. Murphy reached on a fielding error to put runners at first and second for Indiana. Brannon would put the bunt down, but Dotson would be thrown out at third for the first out. Wagner dug in at the plate and came through with a hard hit ground ball that broke through the right side, allowing Murphy to come around and score the go-ahead run.
Fordham stepped to the plate for its final at bat in the top of the seventh, but Indiana’s defense retired the lineup in order to secure a 1-0 win over the Rams.
Indiana will play its final game at the NFCA Leadoff Classic tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. when they take on Pacific.
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