Hoosiers Unable To Overcome Big Inning In Loss To Penn State
April 15, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Hoosiers (21-20, 5-7 Big Ten) were not able to rally in the late innings for the second straight day and Penn State (13-23, 5-7 Big Ten) used a seven-run second inning to give Indiana a 9-4 loss at Beard Field on Sunday afternoon.
Lora Olson (13-12) took the loss for IU, pitching the first 1.2 innings and allowing eight runs - just three earned - on six hits and two walks. Meaghan Murphy came on in relief and was very good once again, allowing one run on three hits and two walks.
Penn State got a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning by Cassidy Bell but the Hoosiers responded in the top of the second inning with a RBI double by Samantha Berenter to tie the score at 1-1.
But then in the bottom of the second inning, the Nittany Lions erupted for seven runs, five of which were unearned after an IU error extended the inning.
After neither team dented the scoreboard in the third and fourth innings, the Hoosiers mounted a two out rally in the fifth inning. Brianna Meyer drew a walk and Cassie Gogreve was hit by pitch ahead of Shelby Gogreve's RBI single back up the middle to make it 8-2.
The Hoosiers were back on the attack in the sixth inning and it started when Callanan singled to the shortstop. Kelsey Brannon singled to left field and Shannon Cawley reached on a error to load the bases. Wagner then worked the count against PSU pitcher Marissa Diescher before walking to force in a run to make it 8-3. Then with Meyer batting, a wild pitch by Diescher allowed Brannon to scoot home to make it 8-4.
Penn State got back a run in their half of the sixth inning to make it 9-5 and IU was able to put a couple runners on with two outs but the rally would die there.
Indiana returns to action on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET when they travel to Muncie, Ind., to take on Ball State. Live audio can be found on IUHoosiers.com
NOTES Amanda Wagner has been on base in 18 straight games ... she also has a .651 on-base percentage and 1.067 slugging percentage in Big Ten play ... in the three games this weekend against Penn State, Wagner was 2-for-4 at the plate with five RBI and drew eight walks ... Brianna Meyer has the longest active hit streak on the team at nine games ... as a team, the Indiana offense drew 24 walks in the three games against the Nittany Lions this weekend.
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