March 20, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Indiana softball team fell 4-1 at the hands of No. 11 Louisville this evening at Ulmer Stadium in Louisville, Ky. The Hoosiers were outhit 9-3 and stranded five as they fall to 15-14 on the year.
Kassi Farmer went 2-for-3 in her third career multi-hit performance, while Amanda Wagner drove in the Hoosiers' lone run on a solo shot for a 1-for-3 day and extends her hitting streak to six games.
Lora Olson is dealt the loss and falls to 6-5. The sophomore threw 5.0 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out one.
Brooke Boetjer closed out the final inning where she gave up two hits and walked one.
After the first two Indiana batters of the game were retired on strikes, Wagner changed pace with her fourth round-tripper of the year. The senior blasted a 1-1 delivery from UL's Caralisa Connell over the leftfield fence to give Indiana an early 1-0 lead over the Cardinals.
Louisville answered with a solo shot from Whiteney Arion in the bottom of the third to tie the game at one. The Cards looked to take a lead in the same inning with runners on the corners, but the Indiana defense retired the side.
In the bottom of the fourth, Louisville strung together back-to-back one-out singles to set up a three-run homer to give the Cardinals a 4-1 lead.
Indiana threatened to plate runs in the top half of the sixth. Kelsey Brannon drew a pinch hit, one-out walk to start things off for the Hoosiers. In the following at bat, Wagner hit a routine ground ball to short, but the throw would sail over UL's Katie Keller, allowing Brannon to slide safely into second and advance to third. With runners at the corners, Shannon Cawley laid down the squeeze bunt, but the ball died in the dirt and allowed Louisville's catcher to pick up the ball and lay on the tag at home for the second out of the inning. Farmer singled for the second time of the game to load the bases for Indiana, bringing in Michelle Huber to pinch hit for Gogreve. The freshman put the ball in play to the right side, but the Cardinals' defense was able to make the play at first to end the at bat.
Neither team could plate runs in their final at bats, allowing Louisville to preserve its lead and take the 4-1 win.
Indiana will return to action this weekend when they open up Big Ten play with a three-game series at Ohio State. First pitch on Friday is set for 3 p.m. EST.