March 10, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite significantly outhitting Saint Louis this afternoon, the Indiana softball team suffered its third loss of the weekend on a walk-off, three-run homerun to fall 4-3 to the Billikens in IU’s final game at the Tiger Classic in Nashville, Ind. Indiana finishes the weekend 2-3 and falls to 12-13 on the season.
Indiana tallied 10 hits for the second consecutive game and recorded its sixth outing where Hoosier hitters have connected on 10 or more in a single contest, but the Hoosiers stranded 14 runners and failed to capitalize on three bases loaded situations.
Eight Hoosiers hit safely against the SLU pitching staff, with Shannon Cawley and Natalie Lalich posting multi-hit games. Cawley was 2-for-3 with an RBI double, while Lalich went 2-for-2 with a run scored. Pitcher Meaghan Murphy drove in the Hoosiers third run on an RBI-single to right.
Even with the final hit of the game, Murphy pitched well for IU and completed 6.0 innings in the circle. She scattered six hits and struck out four. On the weekend, Murphy fanned 21 in 16.1 innings of work.
The Hoosiers threatened to take its first lead in the top of the fourth inning, loading the bases with no outs on a leadoff double and two walks, but Indiana failed to capitalize as a two groundouts and a strikeout sent the game into the bottom half of the inning.
Indiana placed its leadoff runner on again in the fifth and this time the Hoosiers did not disappoint. Cawley and Jenna Abraham put runners on first and second base with a walk and hit by pitch, respectively. Samantha Heyman checked in to run for Abraham and was called out for interference for the second out of the inning. Murphy helped her own cause with a single to right to drive in the first run for Indiana, and Michelle Huber drove a pinch hit, two-out single back up the middle to score Lalich and give her squad a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the same frame, the Billikens plated a run on an IU error to set the score at 2-1, but Indiana would erase it with a run of their own in the sixth on a Cawley RBI-double to right center field.
After a scoreless top of the seventh from Indiana, Saint Louis faced a 3-1 deficit heading into its final at bat. A walk and a single brought the winning run to the plate, and SLU’s Elizabeth Abraham ended the game with a walk-off round-tripper over the right field fence.
Indiana will return to Bloomington, Ind. for its inaugural game on Andy Mohr field when it hosts the Hoosier Classic, March 15-17. IU will play its first ever game at the new complex against Toledo at 11:30 a.m. EST.