March 16, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana softball team strung together its third straight win at the 2013 Hoosier Classic with an 8-0, five-inning victory over Illinois-Chicago this afternoon.
Meaghan Murphy (8-8) gave Indiana 4.0 scoreless innings and held the Flames to just two hits. The lefty struck out six and walked a pair.
Brooke Boetjer faced the final three batters, holding them hitless and striking out one.
Indiana’s lineup plated eight runs for the second time this weekend behind seven knocks, with six different Hoosiers connecting on hits. Amanda Wagner went 2-for-3 this afternoon, while Jenna Abraham and Shelby Gogreve drove in a pair of RBI for IU.
The Hoosiers posted three runs in the first on two hits and a pair of UIC errors. Wagner reached on a one-out single to center, but was thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice by Shannon Cawley. Natalie Lalich drew a walk to put runners at first and second for Gogreve, who eventually sent a double to right center field to score one for Indiana. A fielding error and a throwing error by the UIC defense allowed IU to take a 3-0 lead.
Indiana increased its lead to five runs in the second. Brianna Meyer and Wagner hit back-to-back singles and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Cawley placed runners at the corners. Cawley took off for second on a pickoff attempt at first to put a pair in scoring position for Abraham, who was able to drive a single back up the middle to set the score at 5-0 in favor of Indiana.
A walk and a hit by pitch put runners at first and second for Boetjer in the bottom half of the fifth. The freshman hit a ball up the middle that was thrown to second base, but Kassi Farmer was ruled safe to load the bases with no outs for Indiana. A double by Gogreve would bring in a run and give Indiana a 7-0 advantage with no outs. Samantha Heyman dug in and laced a line drive to UIC’s Coryn Schmit, who turned to try and double up Gogreve at second, but the throw was off the mark and allowed Boetjer to come in and score the eighth and final run.
Indiana will play in its final game of the Hoosier Classic tomorrow, March 17 against Wright State. First pitch is slated 4:45 p.m. EST.