Nipped by PSU, Twice
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Indiana softball team lost two hotly-contested games, as the Hoosiers were downed by Penn State, 1-0 and 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at Nittany Lion Field.
Down 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh in game two, IU (13-39, 2-16 Big Ten) fought back to load the bases with one out. Junior Lauren Hines then lined a shot to left that was caught for the second out. Redshirt sophomore Tory Yamaguchi then grounded to short to end the game.
Junior Megan Roark (9-23) took the loss. She pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief, giving up two runs on three hits.
Jen Reynolds (7-4) earned the win with four scoreless innings in relief.
Penn State (34-18, 10-7) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a run in the second. Hollee Haines started the inning with a leadoff single. After a sacrifice bunt moved her to second, she scored on an RBI double by Jenn Reynolds.
The Hoosiers stormed back with two in the fourth. Hines got the Cream and Crimson going with a double to center. Yamaguchi followed with a single to right, putting runners on the corners with no outs.
IU then used some trickery to score its first run, as sophomore Rachel Terry laid down a bunt on a suicide squeeze. Freshman Julia Hamilton, who had pinch run for Hines, sprinted down the third-base line to beat the throw home, while Yamaguchi advanced to third and Terry cruised to second on the play at the plate. Freshman Anna Olson then hit an infield single to put Indiana ahead, 2-1.
The Hoosiers would end up loading the bases with no outs, but three ground outs prevented IU from extending its lead.
Penn State, though, would tie it in the fifth on an RBI single by Haines. Haines would also put the Nittany Lions in front, 3-2, with a sacrifice fly to center in the seventh. Destine Chavez also added an RBI in the frame, to build PSU's advantage to 4-2.
In game one, a leadoff home run by Jen Acunto was all the scoring the game provided. The solo shot came on a 1-2 pitch from Hoosier hurler Megan Roark.
IU mustered three hits in the contest. Terry was 2-for-3 with a walk and a pair of singles, while classmate Heather Hohs had the only other Indiana base knock.
Missy Beseres (15-10) picked up the win with six innings of work. She gave up three hits while tallying 11 strikeouts. Ashley Esparza pitched the final inning for her first save of the year.
The 2005 softball season will come to an end next weekend, as the Hoosiers close out the year with a two-game series against archrival Purdue. The first contest is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, in West Lafayette, Ind., while the series finale will take place on Sunday in Bloomington. Both games are slated to start at 1 p.m.
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