March 2, 2013
FULLERTON, Calif. - The Indiana softball team dropped an eight-inning heartbreaker to No. 24 Oregon State this afternoon on a walk-off single in the final frame. The Hoosiers (10-9) fall to 0-4 at the Easton Invitational in Fullerton, Calif.
Meaghan Murphy pitched well for the Hoosiers, tossing 7.1 innings. The lefty fanned three and allowed two runs, both unearned, on six hits.
Shannon Cawley drove in the Hoosiers lone run on a 1-for-2 day, while Brianna Meyer, Amanda Wagner and Shelby Gogreve each collected hits for Indiana.
The Beavers plated the go-ahead run in the bottom of the third. After an Indiana miscue put the leadoff batter on first, OSU laid down a bunt single to place runners at first and second. A sacrifice moved the runners another 60 feet, and a ground ball to Cawley at second base got the runner at first but was slow enough to plate a run.
Indiana finally recorded a hit in the top of the fourth inning on a one-out single by Cawley. The Hoosiers had a scoring opportunity with Gogreve and Cawley on base with just one out, but two consecutive strikeouts would leave them stranded.
The Beavers connected on a one-out double to right center in the bottom half of the sixth. In its following at bat, OSU blooped a shallow fly ball to center field, but Gogreve made a stellar defensive effort and laid out to catch out number two. A ground out to Wagner would end the fifth and send the game into the top of six.
Wagner started that inning with a chalk-churning double down the opposite field line. Michelle Huber laid down a bunt, but Wagner was thrown out at third for the first out. With Huber at first, Gogreve doubled to right field to place runners at second and third for Cawley. The sophomore stepped to the plate and poked a shallow fly to right that allowed Huber to tag and score, tying the contest at one.
After neither team managed to plate a run through seven, the game lingered on into extra innings. The Hoosiers were retired in order in the top of the eighth, giving OSU a chance to take the game in the bottom of the inning. The Beavers would do just that after bunting the runner to third and driving her in on a single to right field.
Indiana closes out the Easton Invitational tomorrow afternoon with an 11:30 a.m. EST game against No. 16 Stanford.