Softball Welcomes Penn State In First B1G Home Series

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    Go Hoosiers!

    April 4, 2013

    Indiana vs. Penn State - Bloomington, Ind.
     Dates April 5-7, 2013
     Location Andy Mohr Field - Bloomington, Ind.
     Game 1 (Friday) Indiana vs. Penn State • 6 p.m. ET | GameTracker
     Game 2 (Saturday) Indiana vs. Penn State • 1 p.m. ET | GameTracker
     Game 3 (Sunday) Indiana vs. Penn State • 1 p.m. ET | GameTracker
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    The Penn State softball program sits at 7-19 on the season and holds an 0-3 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Nittany Lions will come to Bloomington fresh off a doubleheader at Michigan State where PSU dropped both contests by scores of 4-1 and 7-1. As a team, Penn State is hitting .279, the 7th best in the conference, while its pitching staff sits in last with a 7.55 ERA on the season. Individually, Cassidy Bell paces the Nittany Lions offense with the fifth-best batting average in the Big Ten with a .439 clip. Macy Jones has spent the most time in the circle for PSU, tossing 86.2 innings while maintaining a 4.77 ERA and posting a 6-8 record. 

    The Hoosiers and Nittany Lions will meet for the 51st time in program history. IU leads the all-time series, 29-21, and have taken three out of the last five contests. Both squads last met for on April 15, 2012 for the final match of a three-game series in University Park, Pa., where Indiana fell to Penn State, 9-4. 

    The Hoosiers enter this weekend's series after coming off of a 7-0 win over in-state foe, Indiana State. IU took a 3-0 lead in the first and never looked back, tallying another four runs through the contest to move itself to just two games under .500. The win was the 10th straight over ISU and also represents the seventh consecutive win at home for the Hoosiers, a streak that dates back to May 5, 2012. WIth Tuesday's win, Indiana also improves its home record to an astounding  42-6 record that stretches back to the 2011 campaign. 

    The Hoosiers unleashed eight hits in the contest, with multiple hit games from Amanda Wagner and Shelby Gogreve, while Brooke Boetjer drove in a career-best two RBI for Indiana.

    Boetjer shined in the circle as well, closing out the final 3.0 innings and striking four. She allowed just one hit and walked none.

    Starting pitcher Meaghan Murphy (10-11) tossed the opening 4.0 innings and allowed just one hit and did not walk a single ISU batter.

    Indiana did not manage to tally a single hit in the first, but the Hoosiers' offense still found a way to generate three runs in the opening frame. The first three batters that dug in for IU drew walks to load the bases, and wild pitch would allow the first run to come across. With one out, Gogreve hit one to second base and was thrown out at first, but Wagner was able to score on the play and put Indiana ahead, 2-0. In the following at bat, Murphy drove a ball to shortstop that was misplayed and put Indiana's third run on the board.

    The Hoosiers tacked on to their lead with another run in the second. Brianna Meyer drew a two-out walk and moved to second on Jenna Abraham's single to left. Wagner would drive Meyer in from second with her RBI-single up the middle.

    A five-hit, fifth put Indiana ahead 7-0. With one out, Wagner blasted her 11th double of the season to right center field and was waved around to score on Shannon Cawley's single to center. Gogreve reached on her double to deep right field and was driven in on Boetjer's two-run single to put her squad ahead, 7-0.

    A ground out and two strikeouts would end the ballgame in the seventh, giving Indiana its 17 win over the year.

    The Hoosiers have done a tremendous job of defending their home field since the 2011 season. Indiana has combined for a remarkable 43-6 record in Bloomington, Ind. during that time, including a perfect 4-0 start at the new Andy Mohr Field this season. Those four wins extend the Hoosier's home win streak to seven games, as IU swept Nebraska in Indiana's final home series of the 2012 season.

    When the Indiana softball team scores first, the Hoosiers are 15-5 on the season and 8-2 in games where Indiana plates runs in the opening frame. Overall, IU has outscored opponents 38-12 in the first inning alone.




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