Hoosiers Fall in Five at No. 6 Michigan
March 21, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Indiana softball team dropped its second straight conference matchup, falling to No. 6 Michigan 9-1 in five innings. The Hoosiers are now 8-20-1 on the season and 0-2 in conference action, while Michigan improves to 21-6 (2-0 B1G).
Indiana tallied four hits with Breanna Saucedo leading the way at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort and drove in the Hoosiers’ lone run with a triple in the fourth. Saucedo has now reached base with a hit in all but six games played this season and extends her hit-streak to six games.
Lora Olson is issued the loss and falls to 4-10 on the year. She tossed 2.2 innings and allowed just two earned runs, as Indiana errors attributed to seven total while she was in the circle. Brooke Boetjer closed out the final 2.0 innings and allowed two runs on three hits while striking out two.
Saucedo led off the game with a single and advanced to second as the throw to get her sailed into the fence. A ground ball out by Meyer moved Saucedo to third, sending Abraham to the plate with one away. Abraham showed bunt on the squeeze play but the ball was out of her reach. Michigan catcher Lauren Sweet managed to make the throw down to third to pick off Saucedo for out number two. Michelle Huber crushed a line drive out to center field in the Hoosiers’ following at bat, but unfortunately it sailed right into the glove of U-M’s Lyndsay Doyle.
Olson quickly worked her way through the first two batters she faced in the first with a strikeout and ground ball out, but Michigan’s Sierra Romero would drive a solo homerun over the left field fence to set the Hoosiers back 1-0.
Following a scoreless second inning for both squads, the Hoosiers threatened with two away in the third. Abraham started the rally with a single to center and moved to second on Huber’s base hit to right. Farmer walked and loaded the bases for Kayla Mathewson; however Michigan pitcher Sara Driesenga would get her swinging for out number three.
Michigan’s bats struck for seven runs on four hits and a pair of Indiana erroers in the bottom of the third to take an 8-0 lead over IU.
Indiana finally broke into the scoring column thanks to an RBI-triple by Saucedo. The senior punched a ball down the right field line that plated Lehman all the way from first base and cut the Wolverines’ lead to seven, but the Wolverine’s pushed a run across in the bottom of the fifth to secure a 9-1 win in five innings.
The Hoosiers and Wolverines will play the final game of the series tomorrow at 2 p.m.
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