Hoosiers Lose in Extra Innings at Ohio State To Begin Conference Play
March 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Indiana (15-14, 0-1 Big Ten) rallied from a three-run deficit to tie the game in the seventh inning but Ohio State (15-10, 1-0 Big Ten) scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to hand the Hoosiers a 4-3 loss in the first Big Ten game of the season for both teams.
In the circle, Lora Olson (9-9) went the distance and gave up four runs on nine hits while walking two and fanning four for IU. Mikayla Endicott (9-7) tallied the win for OSU with three runs on six hits and seven strikeouts.
Ohio State scored three times in the third inning off Olson, capped off by a two-run home run by Alicia Herron.
The Hoosiers responded two innings late in the fifth when Abraham led off the inning with a double to left. Shannon Cawley's sac bunt moved Abraham to third but she had to stay put on a infield single by Cassie Gogreve. Heather Nelson came on to run for Gogreve and stole second base with two outs before Brannon singled up the middle to cut the OSU lead to 3-2.
Indiana continued to trail by a run heading to the seventh inning and once again it was Abraham that got the rally started with a bunt single. Cawley's second sac bunt moved the tying run into scoring position. But the Hoosiers were down to their final out with Amanda Wagner at the plate and she delivered in the clutch with a double to left to tie the game 3-3. The Hoosiers went on to put the go-ahead run at third base but were not able to come up with another key two-out hit to take the lead.
Olson kept the Buckeyes off the board in the bottom of the seventh inning to the game went to extra innings. IU was not able to get anything going in the top of the eighth inning but Ohio State took advantage of a leadoff intentional walk to Herron, who entered the day with the fourth-best batting average in the Big Ten. Herron moved to second on a sac bunt and then scored on a double by Evelyn Carrillo to make the final score, 4-3.
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