Pair of Home Runs Not Enough For Indiana Against No. 9 Louisville
April 25, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosiers (23-23) battled back from a four-run deficit against No. 9 Louisville (44-2) on Wednesday but the Cardinals got a two-run home run in the fifth inning that proved to be the difference in a 6-4 loss for the Hoosiers.
Although Indiana had just three hits in the game, two of them were home runs when it counted. Jenna Abraham hit a two run home run and was followed three batters later by Amanda Wagner's two-run home run to tie the game at 4-4 in the third inning.
But two innings later, Katie Keller lifted a ball to deep left field that carried out for, what would prove to be the game-winning home run, and put UofL in front, 6-4.
Meaghan Murphy (10-10) was great in the circle, keeping Louisville at bay with the exception of the third inning. She went the distance in the circle, her 13th complete game of the season and gave up the six runs - five earned - on eight hits and two strikeouts.
The Hoosiers did their damage against the top pitcher for the Cardinals, Tori Collins, who entered the game with a 21-1 record and a 1.11 ERA on the year. She gave up four runs - three earned - on three hits and a walk in 2.1 innings of work. Caralisa Connell (15-1) picked up the win in relief by not allowing a hit and walking one with four strikeouts over 4.2 innings.
The bottom of the third inning started with Murphy lacing a double to right-center and Abraham following with her seventh home run of the season to make it 4-2. Then Shannon Cawley reached on a throwing error and Wagner followed that up with a first pitch home run to right-center, her ninth home run of the season and 20th of her career to become the 11th player in IU history to hit 20 home runs.
Indiana mounted another rally in the bottom of the sixth inning when they put the first two batters on but could not get the key hit to bring them around to score and Louisville hung on for the win.
This weekend Indiana will travel to Iowa City as they return to Big Ten action against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Saturday will feature a doubleheader with the first pitch slated for 3:00 p.m. ET. All three games will feature video streaming through video.btn.com.
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