Hoosiers Drop Both In DH at Purdue
April 5, 2014
Box Score (Game One)
Box Score (Game Two)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana softball team dropped the first two of its three-game series with Purdue this afternoon, falling 4-1 in both contests. The Hoosiers played well defensively in each game, but one big inning in both contests in the doubleheader from the Boilermakers hindered Indiana’s hopes of winning out the day. The two losses drops the Hoosiers to 1-7 in the Big Ten and 9-26-1 overall. Purdue improves to 20-17 (7-1 B1G).
GAME ONE: PURDUE 4, INDIANA 1
Despite a four-run first inning, the Hoosiers did a solid job of shutting down the Purdue offense in game one this afternoon. Indiana blanked the Boilermakers through the final six innings after all four of Purdue’s runs came across on one swing of the bat, a grand slam in the first, which ultimately led to IU’s 4-1 loss in the first of two today.
Lora Olson (4-11) surrendered just three unearned runs in 5.0 innings and held Purdue scoreless through four. The junior fanned three batters, walked three and allowed eight hits. Brooke Boetjer closed the final 1.0 innings, striking out the side in the sixth.
The Hoosiers touched Purdue’s Lilly Fecho (14-9) for four hits in the game with singles from Kelsey Dotson, Brianna Meyer and Breanna Saucedo and a double from Kassi Farmer. Shelby Gogreve drove in the Hoosiers’ lone run on a sacrifice fly in the second.
Purdue opened the contest with four runs in the first. An IU error, single and walk loaded the bases for the Boilermakers before Purdue’s Danielle Fletcher hit a grand slam to left to give the home team a 4-0 lead.
Indiana chipped away for a run in the second inning to cut Purdue’s lead to three. Dotson kicked off the frame with a single through the left side and made her way to third following walks by Kayla Mathewson and Katelyn Conenna. With bases loaded and one away, Gogreve attacked the first pitch of her at bat and sent it to center field. Dotson was able to tag on the play and score safely, bringing the score to 4-1.
In the bottom of the third, Purdue appeared to extend its lead when Tori Chiodo hit one over the fence in left, but the runner on first was called for leaving early resulting in a dead ball and an out at first. That call erased the two-run homerun and sent Chiodo back to the plate to face Olson. She walked and moved to second on a single; however a ground ball to third would set up the Hoosiers’ second double-play of the game to end the inning.
Neither squad was able to manufacture any runs through the final four innings of play, making the 4-1 score final in game one of today’s doubleheader.
GAME TWO: PURDUE 4, INDIANA 1
Indiana’s offense would not go away in the early goings of game two. The Hoosiers put its leadoff batter on in each of the first three innings, including a big outing in the third that led to an IU run. Kayla Mathewson drew a leadoff walk before advancing to second on a Meyer single through the left side. Saucedo followed with a base hit of her own, a ground ball up the middle, to load the bases with no outs for Abraham. The senior sent a fly ball to centerfield deep enough to push Mathewson across and give Indiana its first lead of the day, 1-0.
The Boilermakers responded with a three-run homer in the bottom of that same frame to take a 3-1 lead. Purdue added another run in the fourth on a Murphy wild pitch to set the Hoosiers back 4-1.
Boetjer checked into the game to start the fifth, and shutout the Boilermakers through the final two innings.
Huber doubled in the sixth to give Indiana a runner in scoring position, but Purdue managed to escape the inning without surrendering a run.
The Hoosiers followed up with three straight outs in their final at bat in the seventh, falling in game two, 4-1.
Meaghan Murphy tossed the first 4.0 innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits while striking out one. Boetjer provided two shutout innings in relief and struck out a pair of batters while allowing just two hits.
At the plate, Indiana matched Purdue’s seven hits in game and had six different Hoosiers register hits in the game. Brianna Meyer led the way with her 2-for-4 effort at the dish. Breanna Saucedo, Jenna Abraham, Kelsey Dotson and Kassi Farmer each provided base hits, while Michelle Huber doubled in a 1-for-3 performance.
Indiana and Purdue will close out the three-game series tomorrow at Noon ET.
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