Softball Blanked By Nebraska-Omaha In Opening Game of Tiger Classic
March 8, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Indiana softball team opened up the Tiger Classic with a 5-0 loss to Nebraska-Omaha this afternoon, connecting on just two hits and committing as many errors against the Mavericks to fall to 10-11 on the year.
Kassi Farmer and Brianna Meyer were responsible for the Hoosiers’ offense, with Farmer driving a single through the left side in the seventh and Meyer driving a double down the left field line in the top of the third. Meyer‘s 1-for-3 day extends her hit streak to six consecutive games.
Meaghan Murphy fanned eight batters and walked just one in 4.1 innings, but allowed three earned runs on six hits to take her seventh loss of the season.
Lora Olson tossed 1.2 innings in relief, scattering four hits and allowing one run while striking out two.
Both teams remained scoreless through the first three innings of play, with both Murphy and UNO’s Dana Elsasser combining for 12 strikeouts and allowing just one hit apiece, but UNO found a way to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth. An IU fielding error put a runner aboard with one out, and a pickoff play that went awry allowed the runner to advance to second base. With one out, a slow-rolling ball up the middle would allow the runner at second to come around and score.
After the Hoosiers were retired in order in the top of five, Nebraska-Omaha plated four runs on five hits to take a 5-0 lead.
After a scoreless sixth, Indiana entered the top of the seventh in hopes of tying the game with some last minute offense. Farmer helped put the Hoosiers in prime position for just that with a single to left field, but IU struck out and grounded out twice to end the ballgame.
Indiana will look to bounce back this afternoon in their second game of the Tiger Classic when they take on Alabama State at 3 p.m. EST.
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