Softball Falls Short In 2-1 Loss to Penn State
April 12, 2014
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Andy Mohr Field)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana softball team outhit Penn State 9-4 this afternoon, but it would be one timely single from the Nittany Lions that made all of the difference as it plated both runs in the Hoosiers’ 2-1 setback to PSU.
IU earned base runners in six of its seven innings played, however the Hoosiers stranded a total of 10 in the contest, the second-most in a game this spring.
Kelsey Dotson and Erin Lehman both registered multi-hit games on the day, while Brianna Meyer drove in the Hoosiers’ lone run on a two-out double in the fourth. Breanna Saucedo and Michelle Huber extended their hit-streaks this afternoon to seven and six games, respectively.
Lora Olson (4-13) threw 4.0 scoreless innings before surrendering a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Brooke Boetjer offered 0.1 innings of relief before Meaghan Murphy provided a solid relief effort with 2.0 shutout innings.
The Hoosiers threatened to strike first in the bottom of the second inning. Dotson singled on a high-hopping ground ball that found its way into centerfield. She would advance on a wild pitch before Tsirigos reached on a walk to place runners on first and second with no outs. Lehman sent a one-out single through the left side, loading the bases for Indiana, but back-to-back outs would strand three.
Indiana made some noise once again in the third. Abraham led off the frame with a walk and advanced to second on her seventh stolen base of the year. A passed ball moved her to third with two away, but again Penn State’s Marissa Diescher coaxed a ground ball out to keep the game scoreless.
A persistent offense finally paid off for the Hoosiers in the fourth. Tsirigos singled to centerfield to start the inning, bringing in Alyssa Rosati in to run. Gogreve’s sacrifice bunt moved Rosati to second, sending Lehman to the plate with one away. During her at bat, PSU’s relief pitcher Christy Von Pusch dealt a pitch that one-hopped its way to the plate. An aggressive Rosati took off for third, but the throw just beat her to the bag for the second out of the inning. Meyer helped crack open the scoreboard with the first run of the game on a towering double to deep left field. Lehman wheeled around from first on the play, giving Indiana a 1-0 lead.
Even though Penn State tallied just two hits in the fifth, a pair of hit batters attributed to base runners with two away. Boetjer entered the game with bases loaded and two outs, but one of those PSU hits came off the bat of the first batter she faced, driving in both runs to set the Hoosiers back 2-1.
Murphy entered the game in the top of the fifth and successfully retired the next six consecutive batters, holding the Penn State lead to one heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Hoosiers got its leadoff on base on a single by Saucedo, but three straight outs ended the ballgame at a 2-1 final.
The Hoosiers will close out its series with Penn State tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Andy Mohr Field.
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