Indiana Hangs Tough with No. 10 Stanford; Falls in Extra Innings
March 2, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - For seven innings, the Indiana Hoosiers (7-8) battled No. 10 Stanford (14-3)even but in the eighth inning, the Cardinal bats pushed across four runs to hand Indiana a 7-3 loss in the first game for both teams at the DeMarini Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton.
Shannon Cawley had two hits, including a solo home run, and Jenna Abraham also had a pair of hits to lead the Indiana offense. Freshman pitcher Lora Olson (5-6) was tremendous in the circle for IU despite giving up 17 hits, as she forced the Cardinal to strand 14 runners on base in the game by working out a number of jams throughout the game.
Stanford scored first in the top of the first inning on a single to shallow center field by Ashley Hansen, as Samantha Heyman's throw from center was in time but the umpire ruled that no tag was applied to runner as she slid home safely.
The Hoosiers responded in the bottom of the second inning on Cawley's monster home run to left center off Stanford starting pitcher Teagan Gerhart, her third of the season.
Then in the fourth inning, Leah White hit a single down the left field line that Cawley misplayed to allow White to reach third base. An errant throw back into the infield gave White the opportunity score from third and Stanford was back on top, 2-1.
Once again, Indiana was resilient and mounted a comeback against one of the top teams in the country. Brianna Meyer doubled to left center and Jenna Abraham singled up the middle to tie the game. Cawley singled down the right field line to move Abraham over and when the throw into the infield from right field got away on the infield, Abraham scooted home with the go-ahead run, 3-2.
The Cardinal tied the game in the top of the sixth inning and Indiana was not able to come up with the key two-out hit in the bottom of the seventh to get the win.
In the eighth, with the international tiebreaker in effect, White smacked a two-run home run to lead things off and Stanford went on to add three more runs for the final score of 7-3.
Olson gave up 17 hits and seven runs, but just five were earned while walking one and striking out five. Gerhart (14-1) got the win for Stanford, giving up three runs - two earned - on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Indiana will continue play in Fullerton this evening against Oregon State at 6:45 p.m. ET.
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