Hoosiers Fall 2-1 In Extra-Innings Series Finale
March 31, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. -The Indiana softball team dropped its series finale with Michigan State in extra innings this afternoon, falling to the Spartans 2-1 at Secchia Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. It is the first time the Hoosiers have been swept in a conference series since the 2010 season.
The Hoosiers registered just two hits in the contest with singles by Brianna Meyer and Meaghan Murphy, while Amanda Wagner scored Indiana's lone run on a misplayed ball to right that came off the bat of Shannon Cawley.
Despite the loss, Murphy (9-11) pitched a solid 7.1 innings in the circle. She allowed just one earned run on six hits while striking out seven MSU batters.
Michigan State's Kelly Smith picked up the win, thowing a complete game with one earned run on two hits and nine batters retired on strikes.
Neither team managed to plate any runs through the first three innings, but Indiana would eventually strike in the top of the fourth inning. Wagner reached base with two outs after being hit by a pitch. She would score on the following at bat when Cawley drove on to right. MSU's Dana Briggs could not hang on for the catch and the ball rolled into the outfield, allowing Wagner to score all the way from first base and give IU a 1-0 lead.
MSU erased Indiana's lead with a solo shot in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game at one run apiece.
After neither team could take a lead through seven innings, the contest continued on into extra innings. Meyer knocked a two-out single through the right side and Wagner walked to put a pair of runners on with two outs, but Cawley's pop out to first gave MSU an opportunity in the bottom of the eighth.
The Spartans led off the inning with a double to right center. A sacrifice bunt moved her to third, and back-to-back intentional walks loaded the bases to create a force out situation for Indiana. In the Spartan's following at bat, Destinee Luna hit a ground ball to second base. Samantha Heyman fired home to get the winning run, but the runner would be safe as the throw went off the glove of Kelsey Dotson.
Indiana will return to Bloomington, Ind. and play the first of its nine game homestand at Andy Mohr Field on Tuesday, April 2 with Indiana State. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. EST.
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