March 9, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Indiana softball team dropped a 5-2 contest to Mississippi Valley State in the Hoosiers’ third game at the Tiger Classic in Nashville, Tenn.
Shannon Cawley led Indiana with a 2-for-4 game and scored one of the Hoosiers’ two runs.
Lora Olson got the start, but last just 1.2 innings before Brooke Boetjer (1-1) checked in to resume pitching duties. The freshman threw 4.1 innings and allowed just one earned run while striking out three.
The Hoosiers surrendered a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning, the first of which came in to score on a misplayed bases loaded ground ball. MVSU took a 2-0 lead with a bases loaded single up the middle.
Indiana put itself in prime position to do some damage offensively in the top of the fourth. Kassi Farmer reached first on a leadoff walk. Natalie Lalich squared to bunt and did just that, but she managed to push it by a charging infield for a bunt single. Jenna Abraham followed with a bunt and reached safely to load the bases for Indiana, but consecutive pop ups to MVSU infielders stranded three.
After being held scoreless through the first four innings, the Hoosiers broke into the scoring column thanks to a pair of MVSU errors. Meyer lead things off with a bunt single to shortstop and was moved to second on a sac bunt from Lexi Reese. A fielding error on a ball put into play by Cawley allowed Meyer to come around and score from second, cutting the Hoosiers’ deficit in half at 2-1. After Farmer was hit by a pitch, Lalich laid down a bunt and the MVSU defense fired to third to get the lead runner. The throw was off target and rolled along the left field fence, permitting Cawley to continuing running from second and into home to tie the game.
A pair of Indiana errors proved costly in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and a single back up the middle, Kelsey Dotson
could not hang on to the throw from Samantha Heyman
as one run came across. Dotson went to throw to second to get the runner trying to advance, but the throw hit the dirt and ricocheted off of Cawley’s knee to tally another MVSU run. A bunt to Boetjer would have been out number three, but her throw was off the mark and brought in another run to push the Hoosiers’ deficit to three.
Indiana put runners on in the seventh after Cawley laced a one-out single left and Farmer was hit by a pitch, but the next two batters were retired to end the contest.
Indiana will return to the field shortly to take on Tennessee State in their fourth game of the Tiger Classic. First pitch is slated for approximately 9:30 p.m. EST.