Softball Drops First Of Three Games With Michigan State
March 29, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich.—The Indiana softball team failed to plate a run in its 5-0 loss to Michigan State (15-13, 1-0 B1G) this afternoon in the first of its three-game series at Secchia Stadium in East Lansing, Mich.
The Hoosiers (16-17, 1-3 B1G) offense was good for four hits in the contest, with Shelby Gogreve leading IU with a pair of singles for a 2-for-3 outing. Meaghan Murphy and Lexi Reese also tallied hits for Indiana.
Murphy got the start and was dealt the loss, falling to 9-10 on the year. The lefty allowed five runs, two of which were earned, in 6.0 innings pitched. She scattered nine hits and struck out seven while walking just one MSU batter.
Michigan State’s Kelly Smith got the win after tossing a complete game shutout, allowing four hits and striking out seven.
In the first, Michigan State strung together four two-out singles to take an early 3-0 lead. After back-to-back base knocks, Ellie Stoffer put a ball in play to Gogreve who fired to Reese at third to get the lead, but the throw went off the back of the base runner and ricocheted into the fence, allowing the runner to continue on and score. A single back up the middle in the following at bat brought in another two for the Spartans to give them a 3-0 lead.
Indiana had an opportunity in the top of the second after Gogreve and Reese singled. Kelsey Brannon hit a ball to MSU’s McKinzie Freimuth who opted to throw to third for the force out. The lead runner was ruled safe on the play when Jayme O’Bryant pulled her foot off the bag, giving the Hoosiers a bases loaded situation with one out, but a strike out and a fly out would strand three as the game continued on into the third.
Another two-out IU error helped the Spartans to two more runs in the third inning. After the Indiana miscue, Jenny Ramsaier singled to center field to put runners at first and second base. Bother runners advanced on a passed ball and eventually scored on a double to left center to put Michigan State ahead, 5-0.
The following 10 batters for Indiana were retired in order, bringing the game to the top of the seventh with one out. Gogreve gave the Hoosiers some life with her one-out single back up the middle, but a ground out a strikeout ended the game.
Indiana will see the Spartans again tomorrow, March 30, for a single game slated for 1 p.m. EST.
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