May 5, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
For the second time on Saturday, senior Cassie Gogreve delivered a big hit for Indiana (26-25, 10-10 Big Ten) as the Hoosier won game two of a doubleheader with Nebraska, 6-2, at the IU Softball Field. Gogreve's two-run triple in the fifth inning help Lora Olson earn the win and put the Hoosiers one game over .500 for the season.
After driving in three runs in game one against the Cornhuskers (31-20, 12-7 Big Ten), Gogreve continued her prowess at the plate in her final home series with the triple to right field that drove in the fourth and fifth runs of the game.
Samantha Berenter, also a senior, had two hits and scored a run while freshman Shannon Cawley collected a pair of hits and scored a run.
Olson (14-14) picked up the win by going the distance in the circle and allowing just two runs on nine hits and two strikeouts.
Just as they did in game one, the Hoosiers got on the board in the first inning, scoring on a wild pitch by Nebraska starting pitcher Tatum Edwards (8-5). Indiana is now 17-2 this season when they score a run in the first inning and 22-6 overall when scoring the first run of the game.
Then in the third inning, Amanda Wagner singled to left field to plate a run and Brianna Meyer's ground out to second base forced home another run to put IU out in front, 3-0, and they never looked back from there.
Two innings later, after Cawley collected her second hit of the game and Wagner was hit by pitch, Gogreve came to the plate with runners at the corners and hit a sinking line drive to right field that skipped over the glove of the diving NU's Brooke Thomason and went all the way to the fence to allow both runners to score.
After Nebraska manufactured a run in the top of the sixth inning, the Hoosiers responded in the bottom of the frame with an RBI groundout by Lindsay Callanan
to reclaim the 6-1 lead. The Huskers got one run back in the top of the seventh but Olson got the final two outs with ease to end any thoughts of a comeback by the Huskers.
Indiana will go for the weekend sweep on Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET. The four seniors on the team for Indiana will be honored prior to the game around 12:45 p.m. ET.
The doubleheader sweep is the second in Big Ten play for the Hoosiers (Purdue) ... Kelsey Brannon drew a total of five walks on the day, three in game one and two more in game two ... Lindsay Callanan got the start in right field, her first since April 11 at Indiana State.