March 2, 2013
FULLERTON, Calif. – The Indiana softball team held No. 8-ranked California scoreless through a majority of the Hoosiers’ third game at the Easton Invitational, but a six-hit second inning by Cal combined with a costly IU error did enough damage to deal IU its fourth straight loss, as the Hoosiers eventually fell 9-1 in five innings.
The Golden Bears homered twice in a six-hit, second inning to take an early 9-0 lead over Indiana. Just two of their nine runs were earned, as Cal did a majority of its damage with two outs after an IU error committed early on in the frame.
In the bottom of the second, the Hoosiers pushed a run across to shrink Cal’s lead to eight. Amanda Wagner started the frame with a leadoff walk. Michelle Huber hit a routine ground ball to third, but Cal’s Danielle Henderson’s throw was off the mark and allowed Huber to coast in safely at first and advanced Wagner to third. Shelby Gogreve sent a Nisa Ontivero delivery to the right center field gap, scoring Wagner and putting the Hoosiers on the board, but that would be as far as Indiana would get, as Cal closed out the 9-1 win.
Lora Olson got the start and threw 1.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and walked one. Meaghan Murphy checked in and finished the final 3.1 innings, striking out four.
Gogreve’s RBI double and Brianna Meyer’s fifth-inning single were the only hits for the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers will resume play at the Easton Invite later this afternoon against No. 24-ranked Oregon State. First pitch is slated for approximately 1:30 p.m. EST.