March 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
Indiana's Meaghan Murphy took matters into her own hands in game two of a doubleheader at Ohio State (15-11, 1-1 Big Ten) on Saturday afternoon, allowing one unearned run over seven innings to lead IU to a 4-1 win for the Hoosiers (16-14, 1-1 Big Ten).
Freshman Shannon Cawley was 3-for-4 with a run scored and classmate Brianna Meyer was 2-for-4, but it was ultimately three OSU errors that IU turned into three unearned runs that proved to be the difference. Both teams stranded 11 runners on base in the game as IU out-hit Ohio State, 9-8, in the contest.
Murphy (7-5) scattered eight hits and four walks over seven innings but made the pitches she had to in tough situations to get the win.
The Buckeye's defense started to falter in the second inning and IU was able to tack on a couple of extra runs as a result. After back-to-back singles by Cassie Gogreve and Amanda Wagner with one out, a groundout by Shelby Gogreve moved the runners into scoring position for Samantha Heyman. The junior singled to right field of OSU starting pitcher Melanie Nichols to put IU on top, 1-0. But the inning was not over when Katie Simonton dropped a fly ball to allow both runners to score to make it 3-0.
Ohio State took advantage of an IU error in the bottom of the second inning to make it 3-1.
In the fifth inning, a dropped fly ball by shortstop Alicia Herron allowed Samantha Berenter to reach safely and Cawley followed with an infield single. A fielder's choice and infield fly left two on with two outs for Shelby Gogreve. The sophomore lifted a fly ball to right field that was dropped to allow Cawley to score to increase the Indiana lead to 4-1.
Murphy gave up hits in the sixth and seventh innings but was able to halt the OSU threat there and preserve the win.
Indiana and Ohio State will wrap-up the weekend series on Sunday at 2pm ET at Buckeye Field.