Late Rally by Indiana Comes Up Short in 5-2 Loss to Penn State
April 14, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - It took Indiana (21-19, 5-6 Big Ten) until the sixth inning to get on the scoreboard in game two of a doubleheader at Penn State on Saturday as they tried to erase a three-run Penn State lead but the Nittany Lions (12-23, 4-7 Big Ten) held on at the end to hand the Hoosiers a 5-2 loss.
The top three batters in the Indiana order - Jenna Abraham, Kelsey Brannon and Shannon Cawley - all had two hits and Amanda Wagner was on base three times as Hoosiers pounded out 10 hits in the game, the ninth time this season IU has reached double figures in the hit column.
Meaghan Murphy (8-8) went the distance in the circle, giving up five runs on 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts in suffering the loss. Jordan Wheatley (1-2) pitched a complete game for Penn State, surrendering just two runs on 10 hits with a pair of strikeouts.
The Nittany Lions scored a pair of runs in the second inning on a double by Wheatley and added another in the fourth on a wild pitch by Murphy to put IU in a 3-0 hole.
Finally in the top of the sixth inning, the Indiana bats woke up staring with a leadoff double by Cawley. Wagner followed with a double off the top of the wall in right field to make the score 3-1 in favor of Penn State. Bri Meyer grounded out to move Wagner to third and a single up the middle by Cassie Gogreve cut the PSU lead to 3-2.
But Penn State was able to get to Murphy for two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain the three run advantage, 5-2.
Madison Diederich was brought in as a pinch hitter to start the top of the seventh and laced a ball off the center field wall that looked like a double but the Penn State centerfielder played the ball perfectly and threw a strike to second base to get Diederich on a close play for the first out. After Jenna Abraham grounded out for the second out, Brannon reached on a infield single and Cawley singled to right before Wagner drew a walk to load the bases for Meyer. The freshman worked the count and got a pitch she could handle but her fly ball to center field died on the warning track for the final out of the game.
The Hoosiers and Nittany Lions will meet again at Beard Field on Sunday with the first pitch slated for 1:00 p.m. ET.
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