Hoosiers Fall Short In 1-0 Loss To Iowa
April 25, 2014
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Andy Mohr Field)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana softball team came out on the losing end of a pitcher’s duel this evening after falling 1-0 to visiting Iowa in the first-of-three this weekend at Andy Mohr Field. The Hoosiers fall to 14-34-1 on the year and 4-14 in Big Ten games, while the Hawkeyes improve to 14-25-1 overall and 7-11 in conference contests.
Despite giving up a solo homerun in the first, Lora Olson shined in the circle for Indiana. After surrendering that run, she went on to retire the next 12 consecutive batters and strung together six straight shutout innings. Olson did so on just 67 pitches, the fewest in a seven-inning effort for Olson this season, and held Iowa to just three hits while striking out four.
Iowa’s Kayla Massey (8-14) fanned a season-high nine IU batters in the Hoosiers’ setback to earn her eighth win of the year.
The Hoosiers were quiet offensively, with just two hits in the contest. Breanna Saucedo was 1-for-3 with a double and also stole her 16th base of the season, a single-season, career-high effort for the redshirt senior (she had 15 in 2011). Natalie Lalich accounted for the other Indiana hit, a single to centerfield, in a 1-for-3 outing. Brianna Meyer also found her way on base for the 19th-straight game with a walk in the sixth inning.
After Iowa took the lead with a homerun to open the game, the Hoosiers did see a handful of opportunities to knot the score in several different innings. In the first, Saucedo gave Indiana a runner in scoring position after sending a double down the left field line, but Iowa’s Massey recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the first.
Lalich came through with a leadoff single in the second inning, but again IU would leave a runner stranded after a fielder’s choice and a pair of strikeouts sent it into the third.
In the sixth, Indiana was 120 feet from tying the ballgame after Saucedo reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base. A fly ball out would strand her however, preserving the Hawkeye’s 1-0 lead into the seventh.
Neither team was able to cash in at the plate in the final inning, as both sides were retired in order to close out the game.
The Hoosiers will take the field in game two of the Big Ten series tomorrow at Andy Mohr Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. ET.
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