Hoosiers Drop Second Game With Michigan State To Earn Weekend Split
April 11, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers (8-24, 1-5 Big Ten) held a one-run lead going to the fourth inning but Michigan State (17-18, 3-3 Big Ten) rallied for two runs in the fourt h and two more in the fifth to defeat Indiana, 5-2, at the IU Softball Field. Cassie Gogreve and Amanda Wagner came up with RBI singles with two outs in the first inning to produce both Indiana runs.
Michigan State's Lindsey Hansen hit her eighth home run of the season on the second pitch of the game to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the frame, some controversy ensued, but the Hoosiers battled through it and were able to score a pair of runs to take the lead, 2-1. Freshman Breanna Saucedo started it off with a base hit to left field and then attempted to steal second base with Kelli Ritchison at the plate. As she headed towards second base, the umpire ruled that the MSU second baseman was obstructing the baseline and awarded Saucedo second base. Michigan State disputed the call and played the rest of the game under protest, but the call did stand and it opened the doors for the rest of the inning. Gogreve followed with a soft single to left and then Wagner dumped a single into center field to score the second run of the inning.
From there, it turned into a pitcher's duel between Indiana's Sara Olson (5-10) and Michigan State's Lauren Kramer (13-9). Neither pitcher allowed the other to mount a threat over the middle innings, until Michigan State used a leadoff walk and an IU error to plate a pair of runs in the fourth inning.
In the fifth, Michigan State added two more runs on an RBI single and double steal to take a 5-2 lead. The Hoosiers were not able to mount a comeback this time and the Spartans earned the split of the weekend series.
Olson struck out six in 6.1 innings of work and allowed three runs on two hits and walked two. Jessica Dobson appeared in relief and went two-thirds of an inning, allowing two runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout. Monica Wright also came into the game, but only pitched to one batter and issued a walk.
Kramer went the distance in the circle and gave up two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.
The Hoosiers will be back in action at the IU Softball Field on Tuesday in a doubleheader against Evansville, in a makeup game from a rainout earlier this season. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.
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