Hoosiers Handle The Huskers, Complete Three-Game Sweep With 4-2 Victory
May 6, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On Senior Day at the IU Softball Field, it was freshman Shannon Cawley's three-run home run in the first inning that propelled the Indiana Hoosiers (27-25, 11-10 Big Ten) to a 4-2 win and weekend sweep of the Nebraska Cornhuskers (31-21, 12-8 Big Ten) on Sunday.
Sophomore pitcher Meaghan Murphy (13-11) was outstanding yet again in the circle for Indiana, keeping the hard-hitting Nebraska batters off balance all day. She went the distance for her 16th complete game of the year and allowed two runs on eight hits. Murphy was 2-0 this weekend against the Huskers with a 2.00 ERA and two complete games.
Kelsey Brannon had two hits and a run scored batting in the leadoff position while Cawley also had a pair of hits, including her fourth home run of the season to give her 19 RBI on the year.
The bottom of the first inning started with a double by Brannon and she moved to third base on a bunt single by senior Lindsay Callanan. Cawley stepped in the box next and hit a high drive to left center field that NU center fielder Nikki Haget actually got her glove on over the fence but could not hang on to the ball and Indiana had a 3-0 lead. The Hoosiers scored at least one run in the first inning in each of the three games against Nebraska and improved to 18-2 when scoring in the first inning this season.
The Huskers rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the second inning and were looking to tie the game when Haget singled up the middle. Madison Drake tried to score from second on the play but IU center fielder Samantha Heyman was up to the task, firing a laser to home plate that beat Drake by four steps for the final out of the inning.
Indiana added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth inning and it started with a two-out single by Heyman. Brannon followed with a bunt single and NU starting pitcher Ashley Hagemann's throw to first base was wide and ended up in the right field corner, allowing Heyman to score all the way from first on the play to put IU in front, 4-2.
Over the final five innings, Murphy only allowed one baserunner to reach second base as the Huskers were never really able to put together a rally.
Next weekend will bring the regular season to a close, as Indiana travels to Michigan State for three games. The first game of the series will be played on Friday followed by a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 3:00 p.m. Both games on Saturday will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network (check local listings).
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