Hoosiers Mistakes Prove Costly In 4-1 Loss To Southern Mississippi
March 3, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - A rocky first inning proved to be the Hoosiers (8-10) undoing as Southern Mississippi (5-8) scored three times in the first inning and held on to beat Indiana, 4-1, at the DeMarini Invitational on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.
Amanda Wagner had a day at the plate for Indiana, matching her career-high with three hits and driving in the only Indiana run with a single in the seventh inning. She also had three hits against Santa Clara earlier this season.
Meaghan Murphy (3-4) went the distance in the circle as she settled down after the tough first inning. She gave up four runs - three earned - on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
In the bottom of the first inning, Murphy allowed a leadoff single and then a throwing error on the infield extended the inning before a bases loaded walk eventually forced in the first run for Southern Miss. Then a pair of groundouts to the right side of the infield allowed two more runs to score and just like that the Eagles were ahead 3-0. Then in the fourth inning, Southern Miss tacked on another run to make it a 4-0 deficit for Indiana.
The Hoosiers scattered eight hits in the game and stranded 11 runners on base while going 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position in the game.
Finally in the seventh inning, Saucedo reached on the fourth error of the game by Southern Miss and Brianna Meyer followed with a single to start the rally. But the next two Indiana hitters were retired before Wagner stepped in and singled through the left side of the infield to make it 4-1. But that's where the rally would end and the Hoosiers fell to 1-3 this weekend in California.
Meyer and Jenna Abraham both had a pair of hits to help the Indiana offense, which pounded out eight hits in the game, but all of them were singles.
The Hoosiers conclude play for the weekend on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. ET against East Carolina.
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