Late Rally Falls Short In Loss On Senior Day
April 27, 2014
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Andy Mohr Field)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana softball team nearly overcame a one-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh, but Iowa was able to escape Bloomington with a 3-2 win over the Hoosiers in the Big Ten series finale on Senior Day at Andy Mohr Field. IU put together a two-out rally in its final plate appearance that placed the tying run on second and a hot-hitting Kassi Farmer at the plate. Farmer battled Iowa’s Kayla Massey through six pitches until a tough-to-hit inside riseball would get by her as the final strike. The loss brings Indiana to 15-35-1 on the season and drops the Hoosiers to 5-15 in B1G contests, while the Hawkeyes move to 15-26-1 on the year and 8-12 in the Big Ten.
Farmer finished the game 2-for-3 and drove in both of Indiana’s runs this afternoon, joining Breanna Saucedo and Brianna Meyer as one-of-three IU hitters to tally multiple-hit games. Saucedo’s two hits bring her career total to 215, surpassing Aimee Lonigo’s (1994-97) 214 hits for the fourth-most in program history. Meyer’s efforts at the plate extended her reached-base streak to 21 games, the most by any active IU player and the longest stretch since head coach Michelle Gardner took over the program in 2009.
Meaghan Murphy (5-14) fanned seven batters in 6.0 innings and allowed just two earned runs on a pair of solo homeruns while walking just one batter. Brooke Boetjer closed the final inning in the circle without surrendering a single Iowa hit.
Iowa jumped out the gate with a pair of hits to lead off the opening inning, but Murphy settled in and recorded a pair of strikeouts to keep a zero on the scoreboard.
The Hawkeyes would eventually strike for one run in the top of the third inning when Megan Blank homered to right field, giving Iowa a 1-0 lead.
Indiana answered back in the bottom of the third, driving in two runs with two outs to take a 2-1 advantage over the Hawkeyes. After Meyer connected on a double to right center field, Saucedo singled through the left side and advanced on the throw to give IU a pair in scoring position. Farmer stepped up the plate and brought them both home on her single to right.
Iowa’s Erin Erikson tied the ballgame on a solo shot to left in the fourth which was then followed by two scoreless frames by both squads.
Miscues and miscommunication hurt the Hoosiers in the top of the seventh inning. A pinch hit single put the go-ahead on board for Iowa. Kaitlyn Mullarkey laid down a sacrifice bunt, but no one was there to cover first leading to runners on first and second with no outs. That’s when Boetjer checked into the game and coaxed a ground ball to second base for out number one. Indiana then issued an intentional walk to load the bases to provide a force out at every base. Iowa’s Holly Hoffman put a ball in play to the right side where Farmer made the snag and fired home to get the lead out. An attempt to turn an inning-ending double play went awry when the throw to first missed its mark and allowed a runner to score from second base to give Iowa a 3-2 lead.
The Hoosiers would not go quietly in the final inning and battled at the dish with two outs against them. Meyer and Saucedo continued to be clutch in the top of the lineup with back-to-back, two-out singles. Farmer, who had already driven in both of Indiana’s runs on the day, dug in at the plate looking to knot the score with the tying run on second base, but a strikeout ended the rally and finalized the 3-2 score.
Indiana will play in its final home games this Wednesday, April 30 when it hosts Valparaiso in a midweek doubleheader at Andy Mohr Field. The first of two games will feature the conclusion of the two teams’ rain-delayed game from March 1, 2014 in Tucson, Ariz. IU will start that game in the top o the fifth inning with a 5-0 lead, a runner on third and two away. Game two of the twin bill will follow shortly after the completion of game one.
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