Hoosiers Crank Out 12 Hits in 8-5 Win Over UT-Arlington
Feb. 28, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Indiana softball team cranked out a season-high 12 hits en route to an 8-5 win over UT-Arlington this afternoon in the Hoosiers’ opening game at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. The victory improves Indiana’s record to 2-12-1, while UTA drops to 10-8 on the year.
Natalie Lalich led the way at the plate for Indiana, driving in six of the Hoosiers’ eight runs in the contest. Not only is it a career-high for the redshirt-freshman, but it ties the second-most RBI in a game by an IU player, matching Emily Bergeson’s six against Illinois on April 26, 2006. Lalich also becomes one of three Hoosiers to tally six-or-more RBI in a single contest in program history. Four of Lalich’s RBI resulted from her first career homerun – a grand slam to right-center field – to make her one of three active IU players with a grand slam and the second player on this year’s roster to connect on one this season.
In addition to Lalich’s 2-for-4 day, three other Hoosiers’ recorded multiple-hit performances against the Mavericks. Kassi Farmer was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and run scored, while Breanna Saucedo struck for three singles and scored three times this afternoon. Erin Lehman collected her second career multi-hit game in a 2-for-3 outing where she also scored twice and tied a season-high five assists from second base. CaraMia Tsirigos and Shelby Gogreve rounded out the offense with a base knock each.
Lora Olson started the first 5.2 innings in the circle where she gave up three earned runs on nine hits and struck out a season-high five batters.
Brooke Boetjer became the pitcher of record after entering the game at a 4-4 tie in the sixth. She closed out the final 1.1 innings with a pair of strikeouts to improve to 2-2 on the year.
Indiana’s first run occurred in the bottom of the second inning on a two-out, RBI-single by Gogreve. The run erased a 1-0 deficit ultimately caused by an IU throwing error in the top of the opening frame.
A solo homerun from UTA’s Britnea Barilli reclaimed the Maverick’s lead, but again the Hoosiers answered on a UTA fielding error that allowed Saucedo to score from second base in the third.
The Mavericks touched for an RBI-double in the top of the fourth to once again take a one-run lead over Indiana, and again the Hoosiers lineup responded in their next at bat thanks to a pair of runs pushed across with two outs. A single from Lehman ignited that two-out rally to award IU with a base runner on first. A UT-Arlington error and a walk loaded the bases with two outs for Indiana, sending Lalich to the plate. The Greenwood, Ind. native pulled a 2-2 offering down the left field line for a standup double handing Indiana its first lead of the ballgame at 4-3.
In the sixth inning, the Mavericks used a one-out solo homerun to tie it at four, prompting a pitching change in the circle. Boetjer entered the game with a pair of runners aboard, but the sophomore closed the door with a strikeout to send it into the bottom of the sixth.
Lehman and Saucedo led off the frame with back-to-back singles. Jenna Abraham stepped to the plate and laid down a sacrifice bunt; however, an errant throw to get Lehman at third loaded the bases for the Lalich once more. Lalich again put the ball in play, but this time it exited the ballpark via the right-center field fence helping Indiana to an 8-4 lead.
The Mavericks scraped a run across in the top of the seventh, but Boetjer eventually closed out the game with her second strikeout to end the contest at an 8-5 final.
The Hoosiers continue action at the Wildcat Invite tomorrow with a games against Longwood and Valparaiso. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET, respectively.
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