Hoosiers End In 3-3 Tie With Troy
Feb. 23, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Indiana softball team ended in a 3-3 tie with Troy (5-8-2) this afternoon after lightning and rain washed away the Hoosiers' hopes of a win over the Trojans. The Hoosiers (1-12-1) ended the game with runners on the corners and no outs in the top of the ninth inning. IU's game with Coastal Carolina slated to follow the Troy contest was cancelled with no makeup date scheduled.
The deadlocked final is the first tie game for Indiana since the 2006 season when IU had to settle for an 11-11 decision with No. 10 Oklahoma due to freezing temperatures that crept in late that evening at the OU/Nike Classic.
Indiana finished the game with six hits highlighted by a career-high performance from Natalie Lalich. Lalich connected in all four of her plate appearances including an RBI-single, a double and two runs scored. Shelby Gogreve tallied the Hoosiers' other two hits and drove in the go-ahead with an RBI-single.
Lora Olson got the start and tossed 6.0 innings. She struck out four and allowed two earned runs on seven hits. Meaghan Murphy finished the final 2.0 innings where she surrendered one run on a hit in the eighth.
A pair of errors would help the Hoosiers get on the board in the second inning. Lalich led off the frame on a blooper that landed in shallow right field and advanced to second on a ground ball by CaraMia Tsirigos. Dotson followed with a hard chopper to the shortstop that would be mishandled and award Dotson first base. Gogreve plated Lalich on the following play with a single to left to give Indiana a 1-0 lead.
Troy made some noise in the bottom of two with a runner on second and one away. Troy's Taylor Smartt drove a deep fly ball to right field that easily would have been extra bases; however, Lalich hustled to make the catch over her shoulder. She quickly turned and fired in to Saucedo at second base to double-up Rachel Rigney for an inning-ending double play.
Lalich started the top of the fourth with her second hit of the game, this time a ball to deep right field for a standup double. Tsirigos moved her over with a ground ball, sending Dotson to the plate with one away and Lalich on third. Dotson executed the squeeze bunt to successfully bring Lalich in for an Indiana 2-0 lead.
The Trojans used a pinch-hit single to knot the game at two runs a piece in the bottom of the sixth which eventually sent the contest into extra innings.
Saucedo was placed on second base to start the top of the eighth. After Kayla Mathewson and Jenna Abraham could not move Saucedo 60 feet in their respective at bats, Saucedo used her speed to steal third, giving Lalich an opportunity to drive her in with two outs. With a full-count, Lalich found some green in right, sending Saucedo home to give IU a 3-2 advantage. Tsirigos then stepped to the plate and blasted what looked to be a homerun over the left field fence which would increase the Hoosiers' lead to two, but the third base umpire ruled it foul and sent her back into the batter's box where an eventual fly ball ended the inning.
Troy punched a run across in the bottom of the eighth, pushing the game into the ninth inning. Farmer checked in to run for Tsirigos who was oringially placed on second base. A sacrifice bunt moved Farmer to third before a walk placed Malmen on second. As Alyssa Rosati trotted out to replace Malmen on the base paths, lightning was detected in the area and the game was forced into a weather delay.
Lightning strikes continued to hit near KSP Stadium to which eventually forced both teams to end in a tie.
The Hoosiers' 10:45 a.m. game with Coastal Carolina will not be played and no makeup date will be scheduled.
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