Longball Hurts Hoosiers In 5-2 Loss To Ball State
April 23, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In the Hoosiers’ final midweek matchup of the 2013 regular season, the Indiana softball team suffered a 5-2 setback to visiting Ball State this evening at Andy Mohr Field.
Both squads managed five hits apiece in the game, but it would be the two that left the ballpark for Ball State that made the difference in this game, attributing to four of the Cardinals five runs.
Samantha Heyman led Indiana with a 2-for-2 game including a double and a run scored, while Jenna Abraham touched for a pair of infield singles on the day. Kassi Farmer drove in the Hoosiers lone run with a fielder’s choice RBI, and Meaghan Murphy singled for Indiana.
Lora Olson threw a complete 7.0 innings in the loss and falls to 6-12 on the season. She struck out a pair of BSU batters and walked three while allowing five runs, three earned, on five hits.
Indiana struck first in the second inning of play after loading the bases. Meaghan Murphy singled through the right side to start the frame and moved to second on Samantha Heyman’s sacrifice bunt. With one out, Farmer reached base on a dropped fly ball. Jenna Abraham loaded the bases for Indiana after laying down a bunt single that caught the Cardinals’ defense off guard, bringing Kelsey Brannon to the plate. She would put the ball in play to the shortstop, but the throw home was off the mark allowing Murphy to slide in for Indiana’s first run. Amanda Wagner followed with a fly ball to left, prompting Farmer to tag and sprint home, but the throw from BSU’s Jennifer Gilbert beat her there to conclude the inning-ending double play.
Ball State knotted the game at one run apiece in the top of the third after a pair of costly IU errors. After the Hoosiers recorded the first out of the inning, but back-to-back miscues put runners on the corners, and a two-out single to right field tied the game.
The Cardinals took the lead in the fourth inning with a solo shot to left field by Jessica Craft and a pinch hit three-run shot by Lauren Schroeder gave BSU a 5-1 lead in the sixth which would become the eventual final score as the Hoosiers failed to scape together any runs throughout the remainder of the contest.
IU will return to action for its final home series of the season when it hosts Wisconsin at Andy Mohr Field, April 25-27. First pitch for Friday’s game is set for 6 p.m. EST.
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