Cawley, Murphy Help Hoosiers Take Care of Central Arkansas, 6-2
Feb. 25, 2012
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - The Hoosiers (7-6) extended their winning streak to five games following a 6-2 victory over Central Arkansas (10-7) on Saturday at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial hosted by Kennesaw State. Meaghan Murphy tossed her second complete game of the season while Shannon Cawley provided the offensive punch with two hits and three RBI.
Four different Indiana players had at least two hits in the game, as the team totaled 13 overall. Samantha Berenter picked up three hits in the game, a career high, and clubbed her second home run of the season. Cawley was 2-for-3 with a home run and sac fly to account for three RBI. Breanna Saucedo and Amanda Wagner also picked up two hits in the game to help the Indiana attack.
Jenna Abraham had a hit and scored two runs in the game while Cassie Gogreve drove in a run with a single in the first inning, her fifth RBI of the day after pushing across four in the first game of the day against Saint Louis.
Indiana wasted little time getting on the board after Saucedo and Abraham started the game with back-to-back doubles to put runners at second and third. Cawley lifted a fly ball to left field to score Saucedo and Gogreve followed two batters later with a single to right center to make it 2-0.
Then in the third inning, Berenter led off with a single up the middle and then stole second. She moved to third base on a ground out and then crossed the plate when Murphy flew out to deep right field to make it 3-0 in favor of the Hoosiers.
Murphy (2-2) was in complete control for the Hoosiers from the start, giving up just one hit in each of the first three innings but not getting into any real danger.
The Hoosiers went back on the attack in the fifth inning as Abraham drew a one out walk before Cawley blasted a no-doubt home run to left field, her second of the year to give Indiana a 5-0 lead.
The Bears finally broke through against Murphy in the bottom of the sixth inning but IU's Samantha Berenter drilled a towering home run to left field on a full count pitch to allow Indiana to regain a five run lead, 6-1.
Central Arkansas was able to scrape together a run in the bottom of the seventh but Murphy put out the fire before there was any real threat to earn the win.
Murphy allowed nine hits in all but just two runs. UCA used four pitchers in the game and each of them allowed at least one run in their brief outings.
Indiana will look to conclude the weekend with an unblemished record when they take on Bradley at 10:30 a.m. ET. Free live audio and Gametracker stats can be found on IUHoosiers.com or you can follow in-game updates at twitter.com/IUSoftball.
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