Hoosiers Close Home Schedule With Wins Over Valpo
April 30, 2014
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Andy Mohr Field)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana softball team had to wait 60 days and finished its March 1 rain-suspended game with Valparaiso 1,700 miles from where it started, but the Hoosiers would finally close out that contest in a 5-0 victory at Andy Mohr Field. Indiana would also take game two of today’s contests in five innings, 8-0.
INDIANA 5, VALPARAISO 0 (GAME ONE)
After having to wait nearly two months to complete its March 1 contest with the Crusaders, Indiana was finally able to complete its matchup with Valpo this afternoon at Andy Mohr Field.
The first five innings were completed in Tucson, Ariz. at the Wildcat Invitational, where the Hoosiers built a 5-0 lead with a five-run outing in the top of the second inning. Kelsey Dotson and Jenna Abraham earned back-to-back walks to open the frame. Shelby Gogreve drove in the go-ahead run on a single to right-center field. Erin Lehman followed with a base hit through the left side, plating Abraham to extend the Hoosiers’ lead to 2-0. Consecutive walks for Saucedo and Meyer built a 3-0 lead, and Natalie Lalich capped off the big inning with a two-run double to centerfield.
Abraham connected on a two-out triple in the fifth, bringing designated player Brooke Boetjer to the plate. She eventually worked her way into a 2-2 count before rain finally washed away the remainder of contests that day at the Wildcat Invitational.
Sixty days later, the Hoosiers and Crusaders would finish the contest nearly 1,700 miles away from where it started.
Meaghan Murphy close out the final 3.0 innings after Lora Olson tossed the first 4.0 in Tucson. Before Murphy took the circle for the conclusion of the contest, Olson held Valparaiso scoreless through four innings and held the Crusaders to just two hits with six strikeouts. Murphy followed with an equally as impressive performance, striking out seven of the final nine outs of the game without allowing a single hit.
Neither team managed to plate any runs as the game quickly came to a close at a 5-0 final.
INDIANA 8, VALPARAISO 0 – FIVE INNINGS (GAME TWO)
The Hoosiers used eight hits for eight runs in game two this evening to aid its efforts in an 8-0 win in five innings over Valparaiso. Saucedo and Tsirigos each earned multiple-hit games against the Crusaders. Tsirigos joined Dotson as one of two Hoosiers to connect on homeruns in the game, both of which in the second inning. Brianna Meyer extended her reached base streak to 22 games with a 1-for-3 performance, while Saucedo’s two hits bring her career total to 218, just four shy of the third most in program history.
Lora Olson got the win in 4.0 shutout innings, allowing just four hits with three strikeouts. Murphy closed out the final inning with a hitless frame in the fifth.
Similarly to the March 1 game with the Crusaders, the Hoosiers plated five runs in the second inning to take a substantial early lead over Valparaiso. CaraMia Tsirigos put the Hoosiers on the board with a solo homerun to left. A wild pitch allowed another IU run to score before Dotson blasted a three-run round tripper over the left field fence, driving in Gogreve and Michelle Huber to build a 5-0 lead.
Saucedo pushed the Cream and Crimson’s lead to six on an RBI-single to wave around pinch runner Alyssa Rosati in the fourth.
The Hoosiers’ closed out the five-inning victory on Michelle Huber’s double to left that plated the eighth and final run of the ballgame.
Indiana will return to action this weekend in its final regular season games when it heads to Nebraska for a three-game B1G series. First pitch for Friday’s game is set for 5 p.m. ET.
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