Clutch Inning Pushes Indiana Past Penn State, 4-3
April 7, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A four-run fourth inning helped the Indiana softball team close out its first home weekend series with a 4-3 win over visiting Penn State this afternoon. With the victory, the Hoosiers secure its first conference series win of the year and improve to 3-6 in Big Ten play and 19-20 overall.
Meaghan Murphy earned her 12th win of the season in 4.0 innings of work. The lefty gave up a pair of runs on three hits and struck out two PSU batters. Brooke Boetjer earned her second save of the year after preserving the Hoosiers’ lead in the final 3.0 innings.
Penn State’s Marissa Diescher is dealt her fifth loss of the year, surrendering four runs in the fourth inning.
The Hoosiers could not take advantage of consecutive bases loaded situations in the opening two innings, giving way to the Nittany Lions to score first with a pair of runs in the top of the third on a two-out homerun over the left field fence.
In the fourth, Indiana strung together three hits to take a 4-2 lead over Penn State. Kelsey Dotson walked to start off the frame, and Brannon followed with a one-out single. Meyer walks to load the bases for Wager, who drove in a game-tying double to left center field. With two outs, Huber checked into the game to pinch hit. With a single back up the middle, the freshman gave her team a 4-2 lead in the fourth.
In the top of the seventh, Penn State’s Cassidy Bell homered to left to cut Indiana’s lead to one, but that would be as far as PSU would get as Indiana close out the contest with a 4-3 win.
The Hoosiers will take the week off before returning to Andy Mohr Field for its three-game series with Purdue, April 12-14. First pitch for Friday’s game is slated for 6 p.m. EST.
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