Boetjer Shines In Hoosiers' Loss To Penn State
April 11, 2014
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Andy Mohr Field)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite a strong pitching effort from sophomore Brooke Boetjer, the Indiana softball team fell short to Penn State this evening in the opening matchup of the teams' three-game Big Ten series, 4-1. Indiana threatened in its final at bat in a bases-loaded situation that brought the tying run to the plate; however, a strikeout would end it and deal the Hoosiers a 4-1 loss.
Starting pitcher Meaghan Murphy (4-11) was replaced by Boetjer in the opening inning after surrendering a pair of runs on four PSU hits. Boetjer went on to fan a career-high 10 batters through 6.2 innings in the circle. After allowing two earned runs in the second, the righty provided five shutout frames and held the Nittany Lions to just one hit during that stretch.
Offensively, Indiana scattered seven hits divided by six different Hoosiers. Breanna Saucedo earned her 200th career hit in the contest, a single in the first, making her just one of five IU players to tally 200-or-more hits in a career. CaraMia Tsirigos notched her first career double on a line drive that ricocheted off of the left field fence to help her to a 1-for-3 effort. Michelle Huber, Shelby Gogreve and Kassi Farmer all provided hits against Penn State, with Farmer's base knock extending her hitting-streak to seven games.
Penn State was first to score in the contest, tallying two runs in both the first and second innings to build an early 4-0 lead.
Following four scoreless innings, the Hoosiers bats came alive in the seventh in hopes of posting a late comeback. Tsirigos' one-out double started the rally, and a Penn State fielding error put Gogreve on first. Jenna Abraham's one-out walk loaded the bases for Brianna Meyer. Meyer was thrown out at first on a ground ball to third, but pinch runner Katelyn Conenna reached home on the play to cut the Nittany Lions' lead to three. That would be as close as the Hoosiers would get, as a strikeout ended the contest.
Indiana will look to bounce back in game two of the series tomorrow, April 12. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. ET.
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