Hoosiers Drop Both In Doubleheader With Ohio State
March 30, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana softball team dropped both contests in a Sunday afternoon doubleheader with visiting Ohio State, falling in game one 12-2 in five innings before suffering a 10-2, five-inning setback in game two. The Hoosiers, who played in front of a capacity crowd and the largest attendance in Andy Mohr Field history, fall to 9-23-1 on the season and 1-5 in Big Ten Conference play. Ohio State moves to 17-15 on the year and 5-1 against B1G teams.
OHIO STATE 12, INDIANA 2 (Five Innings)
A nine-run opening inning for the Buckeyes hindered the Hoosiers hopes of a comeback in the opening game this afternoon as the Indiana softball team ultimately fell 12-2 in five innings at Andy Mohr Field.
The Hoosiers tallied four hits to Ohio State’s 15 in the contest, with Natalie Lalich, Kelsey Dotson, Katelyn Conenna and Breanna Saucedo all reaching on hits against the Buckeyes. Saucedo would earn the team’s lone RBI on a single in the fourth, while Conenna earned her first career double after being called in to pinch hit in the fifth inning.
Meaghan Murphy started the game but was replaced by Lora Olson after the Buckeyes touched for six runs on five hits in the first. Olson closed out the final 5.0 innings where she gave up four earned runs on 10 hits while striking out three.
Nine of OSU’s 12 runs came across in the first inning, but IU managed to chip away with a run in the bottom half of the frame when Jenna Abraham scored from second on an OSU fielding error.
The Buckeyes posted three unanswered runs before the Hoosiers responded with a run in the fourth. Dotson led off the inning with a single to center field. Shelby Gogreve followed with a ground ball to second base; however, Dotson would be tagged out on the play for the first out of the inning. Alyssa Rosati entered to pinch run for Gogreve on first and made her way to second on a wild pitch. A single to center field from Saucedo allowed Rosati to hustle around from second and come across home plate, pushing the score to 12-2.
Neither team managed to generate any offense in the fifth, resulting in a 12-2 loss for the Hoosiers in five innings.
OHIO STATE 10, INDIANA 2 (Five Innings)
The Hoosiers gave up 10 runs before answering with a pair in the bottom of the fifth and nearly plated another to extend the game, but the Buckeyes would get by with another five-inning win and take the game, 10-2.
Indiana touched Ohio State’s Shelby Hursh (3-5) for four hits in the contest with Saucedo leading the way at the plate on a 2-for-3 day with one run scored. Saucedo also swiped her 12th stolen base of the season and extended her hit-streak to 10 games, the longest by any Hoosier this year. Brianna Meyer drove in both runs for the Hoosiers on a two-run double in the fifth, while Katelyn Conenna reached on an infield single.
Brooke Boetjer (3-4) got the start and lasted 3.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits while striking out two. Lora Olson finished the last 1.1 innings where she surrendered three runs on two hits.
OSU jumped to a 4-0 lead in the second inning before adding three in both the fourth and fifth.
Facing a 10-0 deficit, the Cream and Crimson made some noise offensively in the bottom of the fifth. With one away, Conenna reached on a high-hopping infield single to shortstop, sending Rosati in to run for the sophomore at first. Saucedo sent a single back up the middle, setting runners on first and second for Meyer. Meyer followed with a towering double into the left-center field gap that allowed both Saucedo and Rosati to come across and cut the Buckeyes lead to eight. Abraham poked a fly ball into centerfield to push Meyer to third, but a fly ball out would end the threat and close the game at 10-2.
The Hoosiers will return to action on Tuesday, April 1 when they host Indiana State at Andy Mohr Field. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. ET.
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