Hoosiers Fall 3-0 In First Home Loss Of The Season
April 6, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For the first time in 12 seasons, the Indiana softball team could not plate a run against Penn State in the Hoosiers' 3-0 loss to the Nittany Lions. The setback is the first loss at Andy Mohr field and snaps Indiana's seven-game win streak at home. The loss also puts the Hoosiers at 18-20 (2-6 B1G) on the season, while PSU earns its first conference win of 2013 and moves to 8-22 (1-6 B1G).
Lora Olson threw five shutout innings before surrendering three runs, one earned, in the top of the sixth. She struck out three PSU batters and allowed seven hits in the loss to fall to 6-7 on the year.
Brooke Boetjer closed out her 12th game of the season with 1.1 scoreless innings. Boetjer allowed just one hit and struck out one on the day.
On the offensive end, Kassi Farmer led Indiana with a 2-for-2 game after reaching on a pair of unconventional singles, while Amanda Wagner, Shannon Cawley and Michelle Huber each reached on hits today.
The game remained scoreless through five complete innings until Penn State put up three runs in the top of the sixth. PSU's Macy Jones started the inning with a triple to right center field and later beat out a throw home to put the Nittany Lions ahead, 1-0. With two outs and a runner on third, a single and a triple would increase their lead to three runs, prompting a pitching change for Indiana. Boetjer would come in and strikeout the final out of the inning and send it into the bottom of the sixth.
After another scoreless outing in the sixth for the IU, Indiana reached its final at bat in the bottom of the seventh. Kelsey Brannon was called upon to pinch hit and leadoff. The senior battled at the plate, but was eventually retired on a fly out to first base. Farmer followed with a single that took an odd hop and ricocheted off of Penn State's Reina Furuya to give IU a late base runner. Michelle Huber singled in her at bat to bring the tying run to the plate with one out. Wagner would get under one, but it would be caught in centerfield for the second out of the inning. Brianna Meyer was then retired on strikes to close out the contest.
The Hoosiers will look to take the series-deciding rubber match tomorrow at Andy Mohr Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. EST.
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