Boetjer Records Career High Eight Strikeouts In Hoosiers' Loss At Minnesota
May 4, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - After yesterday's opening game of the series was rescheduled due to snow and rain in the Minneapolis area, the Indiana softball team finally got to take the field and play the first of its three-game series with Minnesota, but a lack of run support diminished the Hoosiers' hopes of taking game one. Indiana fell 8-0 in five innings to the Gophers to fall to 19-32 on the season and 3-17 in Big Ten games, while Minnesota improves to 31-16 (12-6 Big Ten).
Despite allowing five earned Minnesota runs on five hits, Brooke Boetjer (1-5) struck out a career-high eight batters in the loss. Eight of the game's 12 outs were a result of Boetjer strikeouts, but six walks and a pair of hit batters did not help her cause as two of those eventually came around to score. She threw the first 3.2 innings before Lora Olson closed out the remaining 0.1 innings.
The Hoosiers touched Minnesota's Sara Moulton (27-9) for just two hits this afternoon, with Shannon Cawley and Boetjer registering singles in today's game.
Indiana surrendered three runs in the bottom of the first to fall quickly behind in the contest. After Boetjer drew a ground ball out, Minnesota's Kari Doyle drove a solo homerun out to left to put the Golden Gophers ahead, 1-0. A pair of walks and an Indiana error loaded the bases, eventually setting up a two-run, two-out double off the left field fence by Minnesota's Erika Smyth would give the home team a three-run lead.
The Gophers plated another run in the third on Erica Meyer's double to left to increase the Hoosiers' deficit to four runs and threatened again in the fourth, but Boetjer managed to strikeout the side to end the threat.
The Gophers drove in another three runs in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI-double and a two-run blast from Minnesota's Kayla Wenner to put the home team up 7-0. Olson then checked into the game to record the final out of the inning with her lone strikeout of the day.
After Indiana struggled to get anything going in the top of the fifth, the Gophers would connect on back-to-back hits to bring in its eighth run of the ballgame and end it in five innings.
The Hoosiers will take on Minnesota in game two of today's doubleheader shortly after today's opening contest.
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