Softball Closes Weekend With 12-3 Loss to No. 6 Michigan
March 22, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Indiana softball team suffered a series sweep in its opening weekend of Big Ten play, dropping its third straight contest to No. 6 Michigan, 12-3 in six innings. Indiana is now 8-21-1 (0-3 B1G) on the year, while the Wolverines move to 22-6 (3-0 B1G).
The Hoosiers tallied six hits on the day, with Brianna Meyer the lone Hoosier earning multiple hits on a pair of singles. Natalie Lalich drove in a pair of runs with a two-run single in the first, while Kelsey Dotson drove in the Hoosiers third and final run on a solo homerun in the second. Breanna Saucedo singled in today's game and extended her hitting streak to seven games, while Jenna Abraham rounded out the offense with a base hit.
Brooke Boetjer was given the start and tossed 2.1 innings where she allowed five runs on five hits. Lora Olson entered during the third and lasted one inning before Meaghan Murphy checked in to finish out the final 1.2 innings, surrendering three runs on two hits.
The Hoosiers were first to jump on the board this afternoon in their first plate appearance against Michigan's Megan Betsa. Suacedo led off the contest with a walk and advanced to second with her 11th stolen base of the season. Abraham put a ball into play which was mishandled by the U-M defense to give IU runners on the corners with one away. Huber walked and loaded the bases for Natalie Lalich. She came through with a two-run single back up the middle to score both Saucedo and Abraham and give Indiana a 2-0 lead.
Indiana extended its lead with one swing of the bat in the following inning. Dotson battled through a full count and pulled a solo shot over the left field fence to give her squad a 3-0 lead. The round-tripper this afternoon was the first for Dotson since the Hoosiers' inaugural game at Andy Mohr Field against Toledo on March 15, 2013. Her homerun not only helped Indiana to a 9-1, five-inning win that afternoon, but it was also the first ball to ever exit Andy Mohr Field.
Michigan responded in the second inning on Lindsay Montemarano's three-run homer down the left field line to tie the ballgame at 3-all.
The Wolverines took their first lead of the contest in the third inning. After U-M put runners on the corners with one away, Olson checked into the circle to face Taylor Hasselbach. Hasselbach singled to right and drove in the go-ahead to set the score at 4-3. In the next at bat, a ground ball was put into play on the right side toward the middle of the infield where a diving Erin Lehman was able to make an athletic try and get the throw to first for out number two; however, the runner from third scored on the play. An IU throwing error followed which led to another U-M run, setting the Hoosiers back 6-3 through three complete.
U-M's second homerun of the game occurred in the fourth and added another two runs to increase the Hoosiers' deficit to five with an 8-3 score. After hitting a batter and walking one, Olson handed over pitching duties to Meaghan Murphy. Murphy entered the game with runners on first and second and one out. A wild pitch would eventually plate another run for U-M and give the home team a 9-3 lead, but Murphy did manage to end the inning with her first strikeout of the game.
Saucedo and Meyer connected on back-to-back one-out singles to start something for the Hoosiers in the top of the fifth. Abraham continued that trend on a single through the left side, loading the bases for Huber. Huber drove a fly ball to left field, but it did not reach deep enough to give Saucedo time to tag and score, sending Lalich to the plate with two outs and IU runners on each base. U-M's pitcher Haylie Wagner managed to get a strikeout to end it, stranding three and leaving the score at 9-3 midway through five.
Michigan drove a three-run homerun to secure a 12-3 win in the sixth, securing a series sweep over the Hoosiers.
Indiana will return to action next weekend when they continue Big Ten Play with Ohio State at Andy Mohr Field. First pitch of that series set for Friday, March 28 at 5 p.m. ET.
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