Hoosiers Drop Doubleheader With Visiting Wisconsin
April 26, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team opened up its final home series of the season with a pair of losses to visiting Wisconsin this evening, falling in five innings by a score of 12-1 in game one and suffering a 3-0 setback in game two. The Hoosiers (19-30, 3-15 Big Ten) have now lost 10 straight contests, while Wisconsin (37-9, 14-5) has taken its eighth straight victory.
Game One: Wisconsin 12, Indiana 1 (Five Innings)
The Hoosiers quickly fell behind in the opening frame after giving up eight hits that led to nine Wisconsin runs. A one-out, two-run homer from Wisconsin's Shannel Blackshear put the Badgers on the board, and a two-run single to center to gave Wisconsin a 4-0 advantage. A pair of singles and a triple would further the damage in the first and set the Hoosiers back, 9-0.
An RBI-double in the top of the third stretched the Badgers lead to 10 runs, but Indiana would finally see some offense in the bottom half of the fourth. Shannon Cawley led off that frame with her third home run of the season that exited via the center field fence to bring the score to 10-1.
A pair of Wisconsin runs in the fifth gave the Badgers a 12-1 lead, forcing Indiana to search for some late offense to stay alive and avoid the run-rule. The Hoosiers would fall short, as they went down in order to suffer the loss in game one.
Lora Olson (6-13) pitched just 0.2 innings in the loss where she surrendered eight runs on six hits before handing the reigns over to freshman pitcher, Brooke Boetjer. Boetjer would close out the remaining 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out one.
Wisconsin's Cassandra Darrah earned the win for the Badgers to improve to 21-5 on the year. Offensively, Whitney Massey paced Wisconsin with a 3-for-3 effort and drove in four RBI while scoring once.
The Hoosiers connected on just five hits compared the Badgers' 12, with Farmer leading the way with her 2-for-2 game. Cawley was 1-for-2 with an RBI, while Amanda Wagner and Boetjer accounted for Indiana's other two hits.
Game Two: Wisconsin 3, Indiana 0
It would be a pair of home runs that sealed the Hoosiers' fate in game two, as all three Wisconsin runs were a driven in with the longball. Indiana would be held to three hits in game two, with Wagner, Samantha Heyman and Kelsey Brannon knocking one base hit apiece.
Meaghan Murphy (12-14) suffers the loss in a complete game effort. She allowed three earned runs on six hits while striking out a pair.
Meghan McIntosh got the shutout win for Wisconsin and improves to 12-4 on the season.
IU looked as through it would take its first lead of the day in its first plate appearance of the game. Wagner beat out an infield single to the left side of the infield, and Heyman followed with a bunt single to first. With two outs, Farmer was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Murphy, but the junior grounded out to third base to end the threat.
After a scoreless second inning, Wisconsin took a 2-0 lead with a home run to center field from Massey. The Badgers would add another in the fourth with a solo shot from Michelle Mueller, increasing the Hoosiers' deficit to three.
Indiana's offense would stay quiet through the final three innings as the Hoosiers eventually fell 3-0.
IU will close out the series with Wisconsin tomorrow at 1 p.m. Prior to first pitch, Indiana's senior class will be recognized in their final home game as Hoosiers.
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