Hoosiers Can't Overcome Early Deficit, Drop Second Straight To Purdue
April 13, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After falling behind eight runs through the first six innings, the Indiana softball team could not scrape together enough offense to overcome its deficit as the Hoosiers dropped its second-straight game to Purdue, 9-1.
Indiana (19-21, 3-8 B1G)combined for five hits, while Purdue (18-22, 5-6 B1G) connected on 15 in the contest.
Lora Olson is issued the loss and falls to 6-8 on the year. She threw five complete innings, striking out a pair of batters and allowed five earned runs on eight hits. Brooke Boetjer provided 2.0 innings of relief, giving up four runs on four hits while striking out one.
Purdue was first to strike in the contest with a six-run fourth inning. The Boilermakers plated their first run on a successful squeeze play with one out. Boetjer then checked into the game with one away and bases loaded and hit a batter to put Purdue up, 2-0. A pair of two-run doubles later that inning pushed the Boilermakers ahead by six.
Indiana tried to get things going in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out single from Cawley. She would wheel around to third on Boetjer’s single to right, but both would be stranded as Kassi Farmer flied out to center field.
Purdue struck for two runs in the sixth to jump ahead 8-0 on back-to-back RBI-singles, pressuring Indiana to plate a run to avoid the eight-run, run rule.
Kelsey Dotson singled to lead off the Hoosier half of the sixth and advanced to second on Wagner’s second single of the day. Kelsey Brannon grounded out to first to move the runners up 60-feet, giving way to Cawley to potentially do some damage. The sophomore hit one to the shortstop, allowing Dotson to score on the play and put Indiana on the board for the first time this afternoon; however, that would be the only run from IU as the Hoosiers went on to drop a 9-1 decision here at Andy Mohr Field.
Indiana will look to bounce back tomorrow afternoon in the final game of its Big Ten series with Purdue. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. EST.
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