Softball Blanked By No. 19 Nebraska
May 3, 2014
Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Bowlin Stadium)
Lincoln, Neb. - A quiet offense hurt the Indiana softball team in a 3-0 setback to No. 19 Nebraska this afternoon. The Hoosiers were held hitless through six until Shelby Gogreve's leadoff single in the top of the seventh broke up the no-no and represented the lone hit in the contest for the Cream and Crimson. The loss drops IU to 17-37-1 on the season and 5-17 in Big Ten games, while Nebraska moved to 39-14 and 17-5 in conference contests.
Meaghan Murphy put up three shutout innings before surrendering a pair of runs in the fourth and managed to retire the first six of Nebraska's seven batters in the game. The senior completed 3.1 innings with a pair of strikeouts before Brooke Boetjer entered the circle in the fourth and closed the remaining 2.2 frames. She allowed one earned on just two hits while striking out one.
Although she was held without a hit this afternoon, Brianna Meyer reached on a walk to extend her reached base streak to 23 games. She has now found herself on base in every game since March 22 and has reached in 43-of-52 contests this season.
The Hoosiers still managed to find base runners in five-of-seven innings played but stranded seven in the contest, including four in scoring position.
Indiana pushed runners to third base in the first inning looking to capitalize with players in scoring position. Meyer led off the game with a walk and made her way to third after Saucedo's sacrifice bunt and a ground ball out to first. Farmer walked to place runners on the corners, but she and Meyer would get stranded as Nebraska's Edwards ended the threat with a strikeout.
The Hoosiers moved runners into scoring position once again in the third inning of play. Dotson was struck by the first pitch in her at bat, putting a runner aboard for the top of the Hoosiers' order. After Meyer reached on a fielder's choice, Saucedo sent a ball into play to NU's MJ Knighten. Her throw attempt to cut down the lead runner on second sailed into center field allowing Meyer to slide in safely. A ground ball off the bat of Abraham moved Meyer and Saucedo 60 feet; however another IU strikeout kept the game scoreless.
Nebraska broke up the shutout in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run, one-out home run to left. After the Huskers tallied its second consecutive base hit to left, IU opted for a pitching change that sent Boetjer into the circle with one out and a runner on second base. She quickly settled in and induced a ground ball and fly ball out to close the fourth.
The Huskers pushed its lead to three following a first-pitch, leadoff solo homerun in the fifth.
Heading into the top of the final frame, Indiana had yet to earn a hit against Nebraska's Tatum Edwards. Gogreve used a leadoff single in the top of the seventh to spoil the no-hitter and give Indiana a base runner in its final at bat. That would be as far as the Hoosiers would manage, as Nebraska retired the next three batters in order.
Indiana and Nebraska will face off in the Hoosiers' final regular season game of the 2014 season. First pitch for the series finale is set for 1 p.m. ET.
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