Lightning Halts IU-Minn. Contest
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana and Minnesota softball game, scheduled for Friday afternoon, was suspended in the bottom of the seventh inning due to lightning and a tornado warning.
The Gophers had a 3-2 lead as the Hoosiers were just coming up to bat in the bottom of the frame. With the count 1-0 on freshman Anna Olson, umpire and crew chief, Mark Sefcik, called the game as the swirling wind played havoc with the infield dirt. Lightning was then spotted in the sky, as well as a report of a funnel cloud in the area.
The game will resume tomorrow at noon, with Olson up at-bat. IU and Minnesota will then play the series finale after that game is over. WIUS will carry the conclusion of game one and will also air game two, which will begin immediately after game one is finished. You can listen to the game by clicking here. All of the weekend action can be viewed through live stats by clicking here.
The Gophers struck first in the contest with a run in the second. Valerie Alston led off the inning with a double. She later scored on an RBI single by Lindsey Erickson, as she lined a shot up the middle, just out of the reach of senior second baseman Ashley Griffiths' dive. The ball nipped her glove and slowed up, allowing Alston to score.
The Hoosiers were not down for long, thanks to freshman Janetta Deaven's first collegiate home run, a two-run shot to left center in the home half of the second, giving IU a 2-1 lead.
The Cream and Crimson held the slim advantage until the sixth, when Minnesota scored twice to go up 3-2. Alston started the rally with a leadoff homer. A two-out pinch-hit single by Katie Meyer gave Minnesota the go ahead run.
Junior Megan Roark started the contest for IU. The right-hander went the first six innings giving up three runs on eight hits. She also struck out five and walked one. Her last punchout, Rene Konderik in the fourth inning, gave her 400 for her career and moved her into third place on the IU all-time list.
Lyn Peyer started and was still in the game for the Gophers when the game was stopped. Peyer allowed two runs on five hits. She also fanned three and did not walk a batter.
Junior Lauren Hines was perfect at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance, scattering singles through the right side, up the middle and to left field. Deaven has the other two hits for IU going 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored.