Hoosiers Rally In 5-2 Win Over Purdue
April 6, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A pair of homeruns late in the contest helped lift the Indiana softball team over Purdue this afternoon, as the Hoosiers battled back from a 2-1 deficit in the sixth to close out the three-game series with a 5-2 win.
A solo shot from Brianna Meyer in the sixth inning tied the ballgame at 2-2 before Shelby Gogreve drove in the eventual winning run with a solo homer to left in the top of the seventh. Indiana went on to plate two more insurance runs that inning to help IU to an eventual 5-2 victory.
Those two homeruns added to the Hoosiers seven hits in the game, with Meyer leading the way in her eighth multiple-hit effort of the season and three RBI. Gogreve was 1-for-3 with a homerun, while Breanna Saucedo added a pair of hits in the game. Kassi Farmer and Michelle Huber contributed with one base hit apiece.
The entire Hoosiers pitching staff made an appearance this afternoon and each contributed with solid innings in the circle. Brooke Boetjer started the first 4.0 innings, including three shutout frames, and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out three. Lora Olson tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief before handing over duties to Meaghan Murphy. Murphy (3-10) closed the remaining 1.1 innings without allowing a single hit and recorded two strikeouts en route to her third win of the year.
Indiana capitalized with runners on in the top of the first. Meyer led off the game with a walk. She advanced to third on Saucedo’s bunt single that snuck between two charging Purdue infielders. Jenna Abraham followed with a line drive into centerfield, allowing plenty of time for Meyer to tag up and score on the play and give Indiana a 1-0 lead.
After a scoreless second inning, Purdue took the lead in the third on a two-out, two-run double from Danielle Fletcher to give the Boilermakers a 2-1 lead.
Meyer picked an opportune moment to connect on her first homerun of the season. The junior belted a no-doubter over the right field fence to tie the ballgame at 2-2 in the top of the sixth. After Saucedo singled in the following at bat, the Hoosiers looked to extend a lead with a runner on a no outs, but the next three IU batters would be retired in order to keep the game tied at two.
Down to their final at bat in the top of the seventh, the Hoosiers sent Gogreve to the plate to start off the inning. She did not disappoint, sending her first round tripper of the year over the left field fence to give the Hoosiers a 3-2 advantage. The Hoosiers capitalized on a Purdue miscue to add to its lead. With Huber on first, Lehman laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached safely when the throw to get her was dropped. Mathewson pushed the runners 60 feet on a sac bunt, placing runners on second and third for Meyer. Meyer sent a ball back up the middle just beyond the reach of a diving Purdue shortstop which sent both Huber and Lehman across to push Indiana ahead, 5-2.
The Boilermakers would not go away quietly in the bottom of the seventh. Purdue runners reached second and third with two outs, but Murphy put away the final out on strikes to clinch a 5-2 win.
The Hoosiers will return to action when they host Michigan State for a mid-week doubleheader at Andy Mohr Field on Wednesday, April 9 that will be featured on the Big Ten Network. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. ET.
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