Indiana Deals Iowa 9-1 Loss In Five Innings
April 26, 2014
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Andy Mohr Field)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A great day in the circle backed by a potent offense helped the Indiana softball team to a 9-1 win in five innings over Iowa this afternoon to even up the Big Ten series at one game apiece. The victory improves the Hoosiers' overall record to 15-34-1 (5-14 Big Ten), while the Hawkeyes fall to 14-26-1on the year and 7-12 in conference games.
Following a quiet day at the plate in yesterday's game with Iowa, Indiana responded in a big way this afternoon featuring a total of nine hits from seven different Hoosiers in the contest. Shelby Gogreve highlighted Indiana's efforts with a career-high five RBI on a pair bases loaded, two-out hits. Her five RBI also tie the second-most runs plated in a single game by an IU player in program history.
Kassi Farmer was 2-for-3 with and RBI and scored twice, while CaraMia Tsirigos, Natalie Lalich, Jenna Abraham and Kelsey Dotson each tallied a hit for the Hoosiers. Brianna Meyer also provided a hit in the game to extend her reached-base streak to an astonishing 20 games.
Brooke Boetjer (4-6) provided an impressive complete-game performance in the circle, holding the Hawkeyes hitless through the first three frames. She allowed just one earned run on three hits and struck out four batters in 5.0 innings to en route to her fourth win of the year.
The Hoosiers wasted no time to strike and pushed three across in the opening inning. With one away, Farmer sent a single through the right side that allowed Breanna Saucedo to make her way over to third base. A passed ball plated Saucedo and gave Indiana a 1-0 advantage. Gogreve later punched a two-run single to right, driving in both Natalie Lalich and Farmer for a 3-0 Hoosiers lead.
Indiana doubled its lead in the third, driving three runs home on a pair of hits with two away. Tsirigos started the rally with a two-out single to right-center field. She found herself standing on third after a dropped fly ball and a walk loaded the bases, bringing up Gogreve to the plate. In her second appearance with bases loaded and two outs, the senior came through with a bases-clearing double to right-center field that extended the Indiana lead to six.
Another three-spot in the fourth broke the game open to a 9-0 Indiana lead. Back-to-back hits from Dotson and Meyer led to a one-out, RBI-single by Farmer. Lalich and Abraham notched consecutive bases loaded singles that eventually helped Indiana settle into a 9-0 lead through four.
Iowa broke up the shutout on an RBI-single in the fifth, but Boetjer went on to retire three outs to close the game.
Indiana and Iowa will play in a series-deciding rubber match at Andy Mohr Field on Senior Day tomorrow, April 27. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. ET.
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