Early Opportunities The Difference in Hoosiers Loss To No. 20 Michigan
April 1, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Both teams had opportunities to dent the scoreboard early in the game but it was No. 20 Michigan (24-10, 5-1 Big Ten) that took advantage of theirs on their way to handing Indiana a 7-2 loss at the IU Softball Field on Sunday.
The Wolverines scored once in the first and three times in the third inning while Indiana (17-17, 2-4 Big Ten) stranded four on base over the first three innings.
Jenna Abraham paced the IU offense with two hits and a run scored and Amanda Wagner was 1-for-3 to extend her hit streak to eight games and she has reached base safely in each of the last 10 games. Kelsey Brannon and Brianna Meyer both had RBI groundouts for the Hoosiers as well.
Michigan scored an unearned run in the first inning against IU starting pitcher Meaghan Murphy (8-7) and then in the third inning Ashley Lane clubbed a three-run home run to make it a 4-0 Michigan lead.
In the fourth inning, an RBI single by Lyndsay Doyle made it 5-0.
The Indiana bats mounted another threat in the bottom of the fifth inning and started when Samantha Heyman reached on a Michigan error on a popup. Abraham followed with a double down the right field line to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Brannon and Meyer both grouneded out to second base to push across two runs to make it a 5-2 deficit.
But Michigan got a solo home run from Amanda Chidester in the sixth and another unearned run in the seventh to provide the final score of 7-2.
Murphy pitched the first three innings and allowed four runs - three earned - on five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Lora Olson came on in relief and gave up three runs - two earned - on six hits and a walk.
The Hoosiers return to the IU Softball Field next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against Purdue in the first game of a double-header. The team that wins the three-game weekend series will earn one point for their school in the Smithville Crimson and Gold Cup.
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