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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Indiana softball team dropped both its contests this afternoon in the Hoosiers’ second day at the Lipton Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. IU opened the afternoon with an 8-0 loss in five innings to No. 1 Florida before falling 6-2 to Georgia Southern later in the day. The pair of setbacks dropped the Hoosiers to 1-12 on the year.


Indiana was shutout in game one of today’s action, falling to top-ranked Florida 8-0 in five innings in the Hoosiers’ second day of the Lipton Invitational.

Meaghan Murphy tossed 5.0 innings and gave up four earned runs on six hits while striking out three UF batters.

The Hoosiers failed to put a hit on the board and had just one IU player reach base in the contest. Brianna Meyer reached in the opening frame on a one-out walk and later reached on a Florida error in the top of the fourth.

Hannah Rogers improved to 6-0 on the year after tossing a no-hitter in 4.0 innings with six strikeouts.

The Gators placed its first runner on base with a two-out walk in the bottom of the second. Briana Little drove in that runner with a two-run homer to left to set the Hoosiers back 2-0.

Florida pushed its lead to four in the bottom of the third. A single sent the Gators’ third run across with one away before a sacrifice fly to left sent in UF’s fourth run of the ballgame.

Indiana’s deficit doubled in the bottom of the fourth resulting from an RBI-single and a three-run shot to right-center gave the Gators an 8-0 lead.

The Hoosiers needed a run to extend the game, but a pair of strikeouts and a fly ball out would give Florida an 8-0 win in five.







The Hoosiers suffered a 6-2 loss to the Eagles in their final game of the day.

Indiana totaled five hits with Jenna Abraham and CaraMia Tsirigos adding two hits apiece. Abraham picked up a pair of doubles and stole a single-game high two stolen bases. CaraMia Tsirigos drove in all of the Hoosiers’ runs on an RBI-single in the second and a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh.

Brooke Boetjer falls to 1-2 on the year after allowing three runs on five hits in 2.0 innings in the circle. Lora Olson finished the final 5.0 innings and she gave up five hits for three runs.

The Eagles touched for three runs in the top of the third behind a two-run homerun and a two-out RBI-double.

The Hoosiers answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Abraham started the frame with an infield single to shortstop and eventually made her way to third with two away. A line drive off the bat of Tsirigos landed in centerfield for a base hit to drive in Abraham to bring it to 3-1.

Heading into the final inning with a 6-1 deficit, the Hoosiers jumped on the board with some late offense in the seventh. Tsirigos led off the rally with her first career homerun - a ball that left in a hurry down the leftfield line – to bring the Hoosiers within four. A GSU throwing error gave Shelby Gogreve the chance to wheel out a two-base error, setting up a single from Lehman to place runners on the corners with one away. The Hoosiers would put the ball in play, but both were recorded as outs to end the game.

Indiana will return in its final day of the Lipton Invitational tomorrow with an 8:30 a.m. ET game with Troy before closing the weekend with Coastal Carolina at 10:45 a.m. ET.


Edited by OliviaPope40

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The Indiana softball will travel to Gainesville, Fla. to participate in the Lipton Invitational hosted by the University of Florida. The Hoosiers are slated for five games including a pair with the Gators. IU will also compete with Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern and Troy over the weekend.


Indiana opens the weekend with Coastal Carolina and plays the Chanticleers for just the second time in program history. These two squads previously met during the 2002 campaign where Indiana fell in a 1-0 decision.

Coastal Carolina is 5-1 on the season and heads to Gainesville after posting a 3-1 mark in their Kickin' Chicken Classic last weekend. The Chanticleers are hitting .265 as a team, while the CCU pitching staff has totaled a 2.10 earned run average.

The Florida Gators enter the weekend ranked No. 1 in the country after going undeafeated through their first 12 games of the season. Indiana will face the top-ranked team in the country for the first time since seeing No. 1 Georgia on March 4, 2011.

The Hoosiers meet with the Gators twice this weekend and trail UF 4-0 in the all time series. The two teams have not met since the 2011 campaign where Florida defeated Indiana, 7-0.

Florida is currently hitting .340 as a team and is outscoring opponents 99-19 on the season. The Gator's pitching staff owns a 1.68 ERA and has held opposing batters to a .158 batting average. 

Indiana will face Georgia Southern for the first time in program history. The Eagles own a 6-3 mark on the year after coming off of a 3-2 outing at the FIU Classic last weekend. The Eagles lineup features six hitters batting over .300 to push the team to a .316 clip. Georgia Southern's pitching staff has tossed 54.2 innings with a 1.79 staff ERA and has limited opponents to a .189 average. 

Indiana and Troy meet for the first time since 2006, with the Hoosiers leading the all-time series, 2-1.

Troy is 4-5-1 on the year and recently posted a 2-3 outing at the North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville. The Trojans picked up wins over Southern Illinois and Savannah State that weekend. Troy is averaging .233 at the plate, led by Erica Davis' .423 clip through 10 games. The Trojans' pitching staff owns a 2.09 ERA and have held opponents to a .221 batting average.

CaraMia Tsirigos has been off to a great start in her freshman campaign at Indiana. The Atlanta, Ga. native has reached base in nine of the Hoosiers 10 contests, including the first nine straight games of the season. In that nine-game span, Tsirigos hit safely in five contests and drew a walk in six different games.

Kassi Farmer has also worked her way on base as of late. The sophomore has successfully reached base at least once in each of the last seven contests.

After missing nearly all of the 2013 season due to injury, redshirt senior Breanna Saucedo has quickly made an impact in the Hoosiers' lineup in her return this spring. Saucedo has tallied a hit in all but one contest so far in 2014 and is currently riding a six-game hit streak that dates back to Indiana's Feb. 8 matchup with San Jose State at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

A pair of Hoosier hitters have found success with bases loaded this season. Both Michelle Huber and Kayla Mathewson have been perfect at the plate with runners on every base. 

The Indiana pitching staff has given up fewer walks per game that its opponents this spring, issuing just 2.20 free passes per contest compared to opposing teams' 3.76 walks/game. IU hurlers have also posted an average of 6.60 strikeouts per game while opponents have averaged 5.01.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Indiana softball team ended in a 3-3 tie with Troy (5-8-2) this afternoon after lightning and rain washed away the Hoosiers' hopes of a win over the Trojans. The Hoosiers (1-12-1) ended the game with runners on the corners and no outs in the top of the ninth inning. IU's game with Coastal Carolina slated to follow the Troy contest was cancelled with no makeup date scheduled.

The deadlocked final is the first tie game for Indiana since the 2006 season when IU had to settle for an 11-11 decision with No. 10 Oklahoma due to freezing temperatures that crept in late that evening at the OU/Nike Classic.

Indiana finished the game with six hits highlighted by a career-high performance from Natalie Lalich. Lalich connected in all four of her plate appearances including an RBI-single, a double and two runs scored. Shelby Gogreve tallied the Hoosiers' other two hits and drove in the go-ahead with an RBI-single.

Lora Olson got the start and tossed 6.0 innings. She struck out four and allowed two earned runs on seven hits. Meaghan Murphy finished the final 2.0 innings where she surrendered one run on a hit in the eighth.

A pair of errors would help the Hoosiers get on the board in the second inning. Lalich led off the frame on a blooper that landed in shallow right field and advanced to second on a ground ball by CaraMia Tsirigos. Dotson followed with a hard chopper to the shortstop that would be mishandled and award Dotson first base. Gogreve plated Lalich on the following play with a single to left to give Indiana a 1-0 lead.




Troy made some noise in the bottom of two with a runner on second and one away. Troy's Taylor Smartt drove a deep fly ball to right field that easily would have been extra bases; however, Lalich hustled to make the catch over her shoulder. She quickly turned and fired in to Saucedo at second base to double-up Rachel Rigney for an inning-ending double play.


Lalich started the top of the fourth with her second hit of the game, this time a ball to deep right field for a standup double. Tsirigos moved her over with a ground ball, sending Dotson to the plate with one away and Lalich on third. Dotson executed the squeeze bunt to successfully bring Lalich in for an Indiana 2-0 lead.

 The Trojans used a pinch-hit single to knot the game at two runs a piece in the bottom of the sixth which eventually sent the contest into extra innings.

Saucedo was placed on second base to start the top of the eighth. After Kayla Mathewson and Jenna Abrahamcould not move Saucedo 60 feet in their respective at bats, Saucedo used her speed to steal third, giving Lalich an opportunity to drive her in with two outs. With a full-count, Lalich found some green in right, sending Saucedo home to give IU a 3-2 advantage. Tsirigos then stepped to the plate and blasted what looked to be a homerun over the left field fence which would increase the Hoosiers' lead to two, but the third base umpire ruled it foul and sent her back into the batter's box where an eventual fly ball ended the inning.

Troy punched a run across in the bottom of the eighth, pushing the game into the ninth inning. Farmer checked in to run for Tsirigos who was oringially placed on second base.  A sacrifice bunt moved Farmer to third before a walk placed Malmen on second. As Alyssa Rosati trotted out to replace Malmen on the base paths, lightning was detected in the area and the game was forced into a weather delay.

Lightning strikes continued to hit near KSP Stadium to which eventually forced both teams to end in a tie.

The Hoosiers' 10:45 a.m. game with Coastal Carolina will not be played and no makeup date will be scheduled.  


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Box Score




TUCSON, Ariz. – The Indiana softball team cranked out a season-high 12 hits en route to an 8-5 win over UT-Arlington this afternoon in the Hoosiers’ opening game at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. The victory improves Indiana’s record to 2-12-1, while UTA drops to 10-8 on the year.

Natalie Lalich led the way at the plate for Indiana, driving in six of the Hoosiers’ eight runs in the contest. Not only is it a career-high for the redshirt-freshman, but it ties the second-most RBI in a game by an IU player, matching Emily Bergeson’s six against Illinois on April 26, 2006. Lalich also becomes one of three Hoosiers to tally six-or-more RBI in a single contest in program history. Four of Lalich’s RBI resulted from her first career homerun – a grand slam to right-center field – to make her one of three active IU players with a grand slam and the second player on this year’s roster to connect on one this season.

In addition to Lalich’s 2-for-4 day, three other Hoosiers’ recorded multiple-hit performances against the Mavericks. Kassi Farmer was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and run scored, while Breanna Saucedo struck for three singles and scored three times this afternoon. Erin Lehman collected her second career multi-hit game in a 2-for-3 outing where she also scored twice and tied a season-high five assists from second base. CaraMia Tsirigos and Shelby Gogreve rounded out the offense with a base knock each.

Lora Olson started the first 5.2 innings in the circle where she gave up three earned runs on nine hits and struck out a season-high five batters.


Brooke Boetjer became the pitcher of record after entering the game at a 4-4 tie in the sixth. She closed out the final 1.1 innings with a pair of strikeouts to improve to 2-2 on the year.

Indiana’s first run occurred in the bottom of the second inning on a two-out, RBI-single by Gogreve. The run erased a 1-0 deficit ultimately caused by an IU throwing error in the top of the opening frame.

A solo homerun from UTA’s Britnea Barilli reclaimed the Maverick’s lead, but again the Hoosiers answered on a UTA fielding error that allowed Saucedo to score from second base in the third.

The Mavericks touched for an RBI-double in the top of the fourth to once again take a one-run lead over Indiana, and again the Hoosiers lineup responded in their next at bat thanks to a pair of runs pushed across with two outs. A single from Lehman ignited that two-out rally to award IU with a base runner on first. A UT-Arlington error and a walk loaded the bases with two outs for Indiana, sending Lalich to the plate. The Greenwood, Ind. native pulled a 2-2 offering down the left field line for a standup double handing Indiana its first lead of the ballgame at 4-3.

In the sixth inning, the Mavericks used a one-out solo homerun to tie it at four, prompting a pitching change in the circle. Boetjer entered the game with a pair of runners aboard, but the sophomore closed the door with a strikeout to send it into the bottom of the sixth.

Lehman and Saucedo led off the frame with back-to-back singles. Jenna Abraham stepped to the plate and laid down a sacrifice bunt; however, an errant throw to get Lehman at third loaded the bases for the Lalich once more. Lalich again put the ball in play, but this time it exited the ballpark via the right-center field fence helping Indiana to an 8-4 lead.

The Mavericks scraped a run across in the top of the seventh, but Boetjer eventually closed out the game with her second strikeout to end the contest at an 8-5 final.

The Hoosiers continue action at the Wildcat Invite tomorrow with a games against Longwood and Valparaiso. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET, respectively.

Edited by OliviaPope40

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Rainy weather in Tucson resulted in a number of delays and postponed the conclusion of the Hoosiers’ contest with Valparaiso this afternoon in the top of the fifth inning. Indiana did manage to complete its opening game of the day in a 7-2 loss to Longwood before rain washed out the conclusion of their second contest of the day.
Indiana and Valpo will resume the remainder of that contest in Boise next weekend as both teams will be in Idaho playing in the Spring Hill Suites Invitational. That game will continue play with an Indiana 5-0 lead in the top of the fifth with a runner on third and two outs. Start time to resume that contest has not yet been determined.
Indiana tallied five hits in their loss to Longwood, with Brianna Meyer going 2-for-2 to lead the Hoosiers at the plate. Breanna Saucedo also singled and scored a run, while Natalie Lalich drove in an RBI on a 1-for-3 game and Kassi Farmer added a hit for Indiana.
Longwood connected on 12 hits; however, a majority was assisted by the swirling winds in the outfield. Changing wind speeds and direction shifts created problems for both teams in the outfield as it caught the defense off balance in a number of situations.
Meaghan Murphy (0-6) suffers the loss after surrendering five runs on six hits in 1.2 innings of work. Brooke Boetjer finished the final 4.1 innings where she allowed two earned runs on six hits while striking out a pair of Lancer hitters.

Longwood took the lead in the first inning using three hits to drive in a run and take a 1-0 lead.
The Lancers drove in four in the following frame to pull ahead 5-0, prompting a change in the circle for Indiana. Boetjer held the Lancers scoreless until the fourth inning where Longwood used a sacrifice fly and an RBI double to increase its lead to 7-0.
The Hoosiers responded in the sixth with a pair of runs to cut the deficit to five. Saucedo and Meyer singled to start the frame setting up an RBI-single from Lalich. Meyer would eventually score on a sac fly from CaraMia Tsirigos, but that would be as close as Indiana would get, falling in an eventual 7-2 final.
INDIANA 5, VALPO 0 (Suspended in the top of the fifth)
The Hoosiers and Crusaders will have to wait until next weekend to complete their game as it was suspended due to rain. The game will resume in the top of the fifth with Jenna Abraham on third, Boetjer at the plate with two away and a 5-0 IU lead.
The Hoosiers scored all five of those runs in the top of the second inning that was temporarily interrupted in one of three rain delays throughout the game. Back-to-back walks to Kelsey Dotson and Abraham preceded an RBI-single from Shelby Gogreve, putting Indiana ahead, 1-0. After a rain delay, play resumed with an Erin Lehman RBI-single to left that gave the Hoosiers a two run advantage. After a one-out walk loaded the bases, Meyer followed suit with a free pass to send in Indiana’s third run of the ballgame. With bases still loaded, Lalich put Indiana up 5-0 on a two-run double to dead center field.
After two scoreless innings, Abraham connected on a two-out triple to give IU a runner in the top of the fifth. It would be during Boetjer’s at bat that the game would be called, suspending play with a 5-0 score.
Indiana is scheduled to play Arizona tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET, however that could change pending on the weather. Stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com for further updates.


Edited by OliviaPope40

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