Softball Hits The Road For Three At Illinois
April 18, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team will hit the road for Champaign, Ill. to take on Illinois in a three-game series. The Hoosiers and Fighting Illini will play two on Saturday, April 20 before closing out the weekend with a single game on Sunday, April 21.
A LOOK AT THE FIGHTING ILLINI
Illinois has maintained a .229 team batting average, which ranks 12th in the Big Ten. Alex Booker is the lone UI batter who has surpassed the .300 plateau, connecting on 36 hits in 104 at bats for a .346 average. The pitching staff has combined for a 4.22 ERA with Shelese Arnold's 2.99 ERA in 20 appearances pacing Illinois' hurlers.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers overcame a four-run deficit to take the Wolverines into extras, but after a one-hour rain delay, U-M came out and plated three runs in the top of the ninth inning to deal Indiana the 7-4 loss.
IU fell into that four-run deficit in game one after surrendering a run in the second and three in the third. Michigan plated its first score on an RBI-single in the first. Shannon Cawley fired home and Kelsey Dotson appeared to lay on the tag, but the home plate umpire ruled the runner safe to put U-M up a run. In the third, a solo shot by Ashley Lane and a bases-clearing single from Lauren Sweet gave Michigan a three-run lead.
Indiana would not disappoint in the sixth, rallying for four runs in the bottom half of the frame. Brooke Boetjer got the Indiana offense going with a high-bouncing, one-out single to the shortstop. Michelle Huber followed with another single and a line drive off the pitcher's glove by Dotson loaded the bases with one out. After a fly ball out, Heyman dug in at the plate with two away. The senior drew a full count walk to bring in Indiana's first run of the ballgame. Brannon brought in another run with an RBI-single to left, and Amanda Wagner drove a base knock back up the middle to tie the contest at four.
After a scoreless seventh, the game ventured into extra innings. Neither team managed to drive in runs in the eighth, sending Michigan to bat in the top of the ninth. Lyndsay Doyle led off the frame with a single, but rain and lightning quickly swarmed the Bloomington area and forced a one-hour suspension of play. Once action resumed, U-M quickly added three runs on three hits.
The Hoosiers could not generate enough offense to dig its way out of a three-run deficit, eventually falling by a score of 7-4.
Indiana cranked out 11 hits against a pitching staff that has only allowed 5.8 hits per game, with Dotson posting a career-best three hits in the contest. Wagner drove in a pair with her 2-for-4 performance, and Heyman and Brannon each chipped in with RBI this afternoon.
Boetjer tossed a complete game in the loss, scattering 11 hits through 9.0 innings while striking out a pair of Wolverine batters and walked three.
CAWLEY HITS HER STRIDE
WAGNER KEEPS IT ROLLING
FIRST TO STRIKE
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