Late Comeback Falls Short In 7-5 Loss to Indiana State
April 1, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A late comeback effort in the bottom of the seventh inning fell just short in the Indiana softball team’s 7-5 setback to visiting Indiana State this evening, dropping the Hoosiers to 9-24-1 on the year.
Indiana’s offense struck for at least a run or more in four of the seven innings played and tallied 10 hits against Indiana State pitchers, marking the sixth double-digit hit total from the Hoosiers this season. Jenna Abraham paced the Cream and Crimson at the plate with a 2-for-2 effort including a two-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh. Erin Lehman and Kassi Farmer notched multiple-hit performances against the Sycamores with Farmer driving in a run on an RBI-double in the fourth. Kelsey Dotson, Natalie Lalich, Brianna Meyer and Shelby Gogreve rounded out IU’s offense, each earning a hit in the contest.
Brooke Boetjer (3-5) earned the start in the circle, throwing the first 3.0 innings for Indiana. She allowed five runs on six hits while striking out a pair of ISU batters. Lora Olson tossed 2.0 innings in relief where she surrendered two runs on five hits before handing over duties to Meaghan Murphy. Murphy provided 2.0 hitless innings to close out the contest, striking out two.
Indiana State plated a pair of runs in the first on an RBI-double and a one-run single. The Hoosiers answered back with a run in the bottom half of the inning on Dotson’s RBI-base knock to left that plated Meyer from second base.
The Sycamores extended their lead to two with an infield single to shortstop, giving ISU a 3-1 lead.
The Hoosiers again responded with a run in the second. After Farmer led off the frame with a hit to left, Gogreve drove her in on a double to the fence in right field, bringing Indiana within one at 3-2.
Two Indiana State hits and an Indiana error in the top of the fourth increased the Sycamores’ lead to 5-2, but again Indiana’s offense would bounce back with a run of its own thanks to back-to-back doubles from Lalich and Farmer.
ISU plated two runs in the sixth before being blanked in the top of the seventh, sending Indiana to the plate in the bottom of the seventh. The Hoosiers’ bats came alive in hopes of a late-rally in the seventh. Meyer kick started the inning with an infield single to second base and was driven in on a two-run shot down the left field line from Abraham that brought Indiana within striking distance at 7-5 and no outs; however, the Sycamores managed to retire the following three IU batters in order to deal Indiana the loss.
Indiana will return to action this weekend when the Hoosiers head to Purdue for a three-game Big Ten series in West Lafayette, Ind. First pitch for Friday’s contest is set for 4 p.m. ET.
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