Hoosiers Suffer 7-3 Setback In Series Finale With Purdue
April 14, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –The Indiana softball team suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of Purdue this weekend as the Hoosiers fell 7-3 in the final contest of the series. The Hoosiers now fall to 3-9 in Big Ten games and 19-23 overall, while the Boilermakers improve to 6-6 in conference play and 19-22 on the year.
Lora Olson got the start for Indiana and was touched for five runs on six hits through 4.0 innings of play. She struck out three and walked one on the day. Brooke Boetjer closed out the final 3.0 innings and allowed one earned run on three hits while retiring three batters on strikes.
At the plate, Amanda Wagner put together her 16th multiple-hit game of the season and extended her hit-streak to six games with a 2-for-3 showing. Shelby Gogreve also strung together a pair of hits and drove in a run for the Hoosiers.
Purdue jumped on the board early with a two-out, RBI-single from Danielle Fletcher in the first and again scored in the third on a ground ball to the left side.
The Hoosiers fired back with three runs in the home-half of the third behind two hits and a Purdue error. Wagner led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on Shannon Cawley’s single that grazed a diving Tori Chiodo’s glove. Michelle Huber reached on a fielder’s choice, while Wagner was thrown out at third. During that same play, Cawley got herself into a rundown and eventually slid safely into third base. Kassi Farmer then hit a routine ground ball to the pitcher, but the throw home was off the mark and allowed Cawley to slide in and cut Indiana’s deficit in half. A ground ball by Gogreve allowed Huber to score and tie the game, putting runners on the corners for IU. With one out, Meaghan Murphy was called in to pinch hit and came through with an RBI-single through the right side to give her squad its first lead of the afternoon.
Purdue went on to reclaim its lead in the top of the fourth, plating three runs on three hits, and would jump ahead by four with a solo shot in the top of the seventh.
Indiana could not rally in its final at bat, taking its third straight loss of the weekend.
The Hoosiers will return to Andy Mohr Field on Tuesday, April 16 for a midweek conference doubleheader with Michigan. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST.
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