March 8, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Head Coach Michelle Gardner earned her 100th victory in just her fifth season at the helm of the Indiana softball program this afternoon in the Hoosiers' 8-0, five-inning win over Alabama State at the Tiger Classic in Nashville, Tenn. Coach Gardner is just one of three IU head coaches to earn at least 100 wins in program history, as Gayle Blevins posted a 299-144-2 record in her seven-year stint and Diane Stephenson went 402-402-4 through 15 seasons.
After posting just two hits in the Hoosiers' game earlier the afternoon, Indiana's bats woke up against the Yellow Jacket pitching staff and unleashed 10 hits, four of which for extra bases. Shannon Cawley headlined the Hoosiers hit column with a 3-for-3 effort including a double and two RBI. Amanda Wagner also drove in a pair of runs on her second homer of the season, while Natalie Lalich picked up her first collegiate hit in a 2-for-3 day.
Brooke Boetjer was impressive in her first career win. The freshman tossed five shutout innings and held ASU to two hits while striking out a career-best six batters.
The Hoosiers pushed its first three runs across in the bottom of the third inning. With Brianna Meyer standing on first, Wagner blasted a one-out double to right to place runners at second and third for Cawley who stood in the on-deck circle. The sophomore used one swing of the bat, a double scorched to left center, to give the Hoosiers a 2-0 lead. Cawley would cruise in to score Indiana's third run after stealing third and crossing the plate on a wild pitch.
In the top of the fourth, the Yellow Jackets moved a runner to third with one out. A deep fly ball to center presented the opportunity for Alabama State to tag and score its first run of the ballgame, but Samantha Heyman fired to Dotson at home who was able to place the tag and end the top half of the frame.
After a scoreless bottom of the fourth, the Hoosiers would walk off with the win in a five-fun fifth. Meyer led off the inning with her second walk of the game, setting up a two-run shot by Wagner who drove a no-doubter over the left field fence. Cawley connected on her third hit of the game and wheeled her way around to third on a single from Shelby Gogreve. Michelle Huber drove in the Hoosiers' sixth run on a single that got by a diving ASU infielder. Lalich drove Gogreve in on a single to left, and Huber sprinted in for Indiana's eighth and final run on a wild pitch.
The Hoosiers will continue action at the Tiger Classic with a pair of games tomorrow, Saturday, March 9. Indiana is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. EST matchup with Mississippi Valley before taking on host Tennessee State at 8:30 p.m. EST.