Indiana Closes Regular Season In Style With Weekend Sweep of Michigan State
May 12, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Indiana Hoosiers (30-25, 14-10 Big Ten) finished the regular season with a 6-5 victory over the Michigan State Spartans (11-42, 0-23 Big Ten) at Secchia Stadium in game two of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers picked up its second three-game sweep in as many weekends in Big Ten play.
By reaching 30 wins, it is the first time since 1989 and 1990 that the Hoosiers have posted back-to-back 30-win seasons (37 wins in 2011). Indiana has also won the last six games in East Lansing against the Spartans.
The Hoosiers got on the board in the second inning when Brianna Meyer led off with a double to center field. Cassie Gogreve's sac bunt moved Meyer to third and she came in to score on Shelby Gogreve's RBI single up the middle to make it 1-0.
Michigan State answered with a run in the second and a run in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead.
But that served as a wakeup call for the Hoosiers' offense in the fourth inning. Wagner singled through the left side with one out and Cassie Gogreve followed with a two out walk. After a MSU pitching change, Shelby Gogreve laced a double over the center fielder's head to score a pair of runs and put Indiana back on top, 3-2. Samantha Berenter stepped in next and drilled a two-run home run to left field to make it 5-2 in favor of the Hoosiers.
Michigan State clawed back again in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-run home run by Ellie Stoffer to cut the Indiana lead to 6-4.
Lora Olson was brought in to start the seventh inning, looking for her second save of the weekend. After a RBI single cut the IU lead to just a run and still two runners on base, Olson buckled down and induced a popout by Jayme O'Bryant for the final out of the game.
Indiana improves to 8-5 this season in one-run games and 16-6 in games decided by two runs or less.
The game was also broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
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