May 11, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Indiana (28-25, 12-10 Big Ten) extended its winning streak to four with a 4-2 victory over Michigan State (11-40, 0-21 Big Ten) at Secchia Stadium on Friday afternoon. Samantha Berenter had a pair of RBI singles to pace the offense.
Meaghan Murphy (14-11) earned the win by allowing two runs on eight hits over four innings. Lora Olson came on to allow just one hit over the final three innings to earn her first career save.
After the Spartans got on the board in the bottom of the first inning to take a one-run lead, Indiana responded in the top of the second inning. Brianna Meyer drew a one out walk and Cassie Gogreve was hit with the next pitch to put a pair of runners on base. Berenter followed with a bloop single into shallow right field that allowed Brannon to score and tie the game at 1-1.
Then in the top of the third inning, the Hoosiers got a leadoff walk from Brannon, who moved to second base on Jenna Abraham's sac bunt. Shannon Cawley laced a single through the right side to plate Brannon and put IU in front 2-1.
The fourth inning saw Gogreve get hit-by-pitch for the second time and she moved to second on a sac bunt. Heather Nelson came in to pinch-run for Gogreve at second base and the move paid off when Berenter lined a single up the middle and Nelson slid in under the tag to increase the Indiana lead to 3-1.
Michigan State put together a rally in the fourth inning that plated a run to cut the IU lead to 3-2.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Lora Olson allowed a leadoff double but then recorded a strikeout and a pair of groundouts to preserve the Hoosiers' one run lead.
Indiana got a clutch RBI triple from Lindsay Callanan
with two outs in the top of the seventh that gave the Hoosiers a two-run cushion, 4-2. With Brannon on first base and two strikes, Callanan hit a line drive into left center that skimmed off the glove of MSU left fielder Lori Padilla and went all the way to the fence, allowing Brannon to score easily.
Olson slammed the door on any thought of a MSU rally in the bottom of the seventh.
The Hoosiers and Spartans will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 3:00 p.m. ET with both games airing live on the Big Ten Network.