Softball Falls In Extra Innings To No. 9 Michigan
April 16, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana softball team overcame a four-run deficit in game one of its midweek doubleheader with No. 9-ranked Michigan to take the Wolverines into extra-innings, but after a one-hour rain delay, U-M came out and plated three runs in the top of the ninth inning to deal Indiana a 7-4 loss. Michigan took a 4-0 lead through 2.5 innings in game two, but severe weather set to hit the Bloomington area through the remainder of the evening caused the game to be canceled. No make up date has been scheduled.
The Hoosiers fell into that four-run deficit in game one after surrendering a run in the second and three in the third. Michigan plated its first score on an RBI-single in the first. Shannon Cawley fired home and Kelsey Dotson appeared to lay on the tag, but the home plate umpire ruled the runner safe to put U-M up a run. In the third, a solo shot by Ashley Lane and a bases-clearing single from Lauren Sweet gave Michigan a three-run lead.
Indiana would not disappoint in the sixth, rallying for four runs in the bottom half of the frame. Brooke Boetjer got the Indiana offense going with a high-bouncing, one-out single to the shortstop. Michelle Huber followed with another single and a line drive off the pitchers glove by Dotson loaded the bases with one out. After a fly ball out, Heyman dug in at the plate with two outs. The senior drew a full count walk to bring in Indiana’s first run of the ballgame. Brannon brought in another run with an RBI-single to left, and Amanda Wagner drove a base knock back up the middle to tie the contest at four.
After a scoreless seventh, the game ventured into extra innings. Neither team managed to drive in runs in the eighth, sending Michigan to bat in the top of the ninth. Lyndsay Doyle led off the frame with a single, but rain and lightning quickly swarmed the Bloomington area and forced a one-hour suspension of play. Once action resumed, U-M quickly added three runs on three hits.
The Hoosiers could not generate enough offense to dig its way out of a three-run deficit, eventually falling by a score of 7-4.
Indiana touched the Michigan pitching staff for 11 hits with Dotson leading the Hoosiers with a single-game career best 3-for-4 showing. Wagner drove in a pair with her 2-for-4 performance, and Heyman and Brannon each chipped in with RBI this afternoon.
Brooke Boetjer tossed a complete game in the loss, scattering 11 hits through 9.0 innings while striking out a pair of Wolverine batters and walked three.
The Hoosiers will continue conference play when they head to Champaign, Ill. for a three-game series with Illinois.
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