Walk-Off Homerun Deals Indiana Extra Innings Loss
May 4, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – A Minnesota extra-innings, walk-off home run spoiled a stellar pitching effort by Indiana softball’s Meaghan Murphy as the Hoosiers fell 1-0 in eight innings this evening in Minneapolis, Minn. The Hoosiers fall to 19-33 (3-18 Big Ten), while the Golden Gophers move to 32-16 (13-6 Big Ten).
Meaghan Murphy (12-15) provided the Hoosiers with a tremendous effort in the circle in game two. The lefty started the contest with four perfect innings and kept the Gophers hitless threw five complete. She allowed one run on just four hits in 7.0 innings of work.
Indiana’s offense was good for five hits but could not scrape together a run. Brianna Meyer led the way for Indiana with a 2-for-2 outing, while Amanda Wagner, Shannon Cawley and Kassi Farmer each posted a hit for the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers posted hits in the first and second innings, while the Gophers were retired in order through the first four innings of play. Murphy walked a batter in that frame to break up the perfect game, but she would get out of the inning and continue to remain untouched through the fifth to maintain her no-hit performance.
In the sixth, Minnesota connected on its first hit of the contest with a single to center, but the Hoosiers closed it out to send it into the top of the seventh.
After IU couldn’t put itself on the board in the seventh, the Gophers gave the Hoosiers a major scare in their at bat in the bottom half of the inning. Back-to-back singles gave Minnesota runners on first and second, and a sacrifice bunt moved the pair 60 feet with one away. Minnesota’s Paige Palkovich then drove one to left in what posed to be the game-winning sacrifice fly, but Abraham’s throw forced the runner on third to retreat back to the base. A line drive out to Kassi Farmer would end the frame and send the contest into extras.
In the Hoosier half of the eighth, Wagner connected on a one-out double to left, the 30th of her career and 16th of the season, to give Indiana a runner in scoring position. Wagner would end up stranded after a strikeout ended it.
Minnesota’s leadoff batter in the eighth drove the game-winning hit over the left-center field fence to deal Indiana its second loss of the day.
The Hoosiers and Gophers will meet again tomorrow for the series finale at 2 p.m. EST.
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