Indiana Trounces Northwestern, 11-3, in Six Innings
April 22, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana offense stepped up to the plate in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday against Northwestern (18-24, 6-9 Big Ten), posting a 11-3 win in six innings over the Wildcats at the IU Softball Field in a game carried live on the Big Ten Network.
The win gives Indiana two wins over Northwestern in the same season for the first time since 1997. The Hoosiers connected for three home runs in the game, matching a season high (BYU on Feb. 18).
There were a number of offensive stars for the Hoosiers (23-22, 7-8 Big Ten) but equal to that was the effort in the circle by sophomore pitcher Meaghan Murphy (10-9) who went the distance to pick up her second win of the weekend. She allowed three runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts against a strong Northwestern offense.
Junior slugger Amanda Wagner was just 1-for-1 statistically at the plate but she drew a pair of walks and was hit-by-pitch to reach base all four plate appearances - and she came around to score four runs in the game to tie the Indiana single-game record.
Shelby Gogreve was 2-for-4 with a career-best four RBI and Brianna Meyer had three hits and three RBI in addition to Jenna Abraham's 2-for-2 effort at the plate, including a home run, with a pair of runs scored, breaking a 1-for-18 skid at the plate entering the game. Samantha Berenter also continued to impress at the plate in her senior year, clubbing her fifth home run of the year.
The Wildcats were able to manufacture a run in the top of the first inning but Murphy responded by retiring the next eight NU batters in order. And while she was doing that, the Hoosiers were busy putting plenty of runs on the board.
It started in the bottom of the first inning when Abraham walked and moved to second on a sac bunt by Kelsey Brannon. Shannon Cawley and Wagner both drew walks to load the bases for Meyer, who delivered a two-run single to right center, putting IU on top 2-1. The Hoosiers added a third run in the inning on a wild pitch by Northwestern starting pitcher Amy Letourneau to take a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the second inning, Berenter led off with bomb to left center that left little doubt as soon as it left the bat to increase the lead, 4-1.
Northwestern brought in Meghan Lamberth to start the bottom of the fourth inning but Abraham greeted her with a solo home run to left field on the second pitch of the at-bat. Wagner was hit by a pitch with two outs in the inning and Meyer followed with a double to left center that allowed Wagner to motor all the way to, putting IU in front 8-1.
When the Wildcats clawed back to within 8-3, it was Indiana's turn to respond and they did in the bottom of the sixth inning. Brannon drew a walk and Cawley doubled to left center to put a pair of runners in scoring position. A pitching change for NU looked to stem the tide for the Hoosiers but did not. Wagner lifted a soft single down the left field line to score one run as Cawley was thrown out at the plate trying to score on the play. Meyer's single through the left side put a pair of runners on base before Shelby Gogreve stepped in the batter's box with two outs. The sophomore blasted a pitch to center field all the way to the wall, easily scoring Wagner and Meyer slid head first into home with the game-winning run, 11-3.
Indiana will host Louisville on Wednesday at the IU Softball Field with the first pitch slated for 2:00 p.m. ET.
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