Hoosiers Suffer Series Sweep With 5-2 Loss on Senior Day
April 27, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A late rally by the visiting Wisconsin Badgers upset the Indiana softball team’s hopes of securing a Senior Day victory at Andy Mohr Field this afternoon. The Hoosiers took an early lead that was maintained until the top of the seventh, where the Badgers scored four times to take an eventual 5-2 win.
Brooke Boetjer held the Badgers to just one run through six innings, before surrendering four in the top of the seventh. She matched a career-high six strikeouts and walked just two. In 6.1 innings, and allowed 10 hits in 30 at bats. Murphy closed the final 0.2 innings with a strikeout and one hit allowed.
The Hoosiers took their first lead in the series after a two-run inning in the first. Heyman got things going with a one-out single to second base. Cawley followed with a single through the right side and Kassi Farmer was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Meaghan Murphy. The junior drove one through the right side to give Indiana a 2-0 lead.
Wisconsin responded with a run in the top of the third. A single to left and a one-out error gave the Badgers runners on first and second. Wisconsin’s second single of the inning loaded the bases and an infield single cut the Hoosiers lead in half at 2-1.
Both squads went quietly though the next three innings, but Wisconsin’s bats drove in four runs in the top of the seventh on four hits and two IU errors. After the Hoosiers successfully retired the leadoff with a ground ball out, Mary Massei doubled to left to put the tying run on second for the Badgers. Kendall Grimm put one in play to Heyman, but her throw would sail into the fence and allow Massei to reach third base. With runners on the corners and one out, Boetjer walked a batter to load the bases to give Indiana a force out at any base, but a two-run single up the middle would give Wisconsin a 3-2 lead. Boetjer surrendered another run with a double to left, prompting a pitching change that brought in Meaghan Murphy with one out in the seventh. Murphy got a pop up to Farmer, but the umpires ruled that there was catcher’s interference call which again loaded the bases. Wisconsin tallied its final run on a single to center field.
With a three-run deficit in front of them, the Hoosiers looked to tie it in the bottom of the seventh. Amanda Wagner poked one into shallow right in what could have been a leadoff hit for the senior , but a diving catch robber her of the chance. Cawley later connected on a two-out single, but that would be the end of Indiana’s offensive production as a strikeout ended the ballgame.
Indiana will return to action in their final regular season Big Ten series next weekend when they head to Minnesota.
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