Michigan State Spartan Softball Succumbs To Indianaâ€™s Five-Run Sixth, Falls 7-2
EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ The Michigan State softball team (21-19, 3-8 Big Ten) suffered a tough 7-2 loss to Indiana in Secchia Stadium on Saturday, April 23. The Hoosiers used a five-run fifth inning to power past the Spartans in the first contest of the weekend two-game series.
With the Spartans holding a 1-0 lead in the top sixth, the inning got started when Breanna Saucedo reached base off an error at second. Saucedo wound up advancing to second after Ashley Warrum recorded an infield single to third. A single by Sara Olson to right field rattled the Spartans after the ball reached the fence as it scooted past the right fielder. Olsonâ€™s shot cleared the bases to bring home both Saucedo and Warrum.
Amanda Wagner blasted a homer down the left field line to bring home Olson from third. And make the score 4-1. Following a pitching change, Morgan Melloh helped her own cause with a solo shot over the left field fence for back-to-back shots. All of Indianaâ€™s scoring occurring with no outs.
The Spartans manufactured the first run of the game in the third inning when junior Lori Padilla crossed home after senior Lindsey Hansen slowly walked off first to draw the throw from the catcher to second base, becoming a run-down situation and allowing Padilla to run home form third.
Padilla reached base with a single to left but proceeded to second following an error by the left fielder. Padilla advanced to third off an illegal pitch by Melloh. Hansen made her way onto base with a walk.
Prior to the sixth, the game became a pitchers dual between All-America honoree Melloh and Spartan freshman Cassee Layne. Layne held the advantage prior to sixth when the Hoosiers made their way onto the scoreboard.
Freshman Sarah Bowling made the score 5-2 with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the sixth, with a blast to center field.
Indiana capped the scoring in the seventh when Samantha Heyman scored after a throwing error to second by the MSU catcher. Saucedo scored the final run after a Melloh singled to right.
Melloh threw a complete game for Indiana, recording 11 strikeouts on the day. Melloh allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits will only allowing three walks.
Layne went 5.0 innings for the Spartans, striking out one batter. Layne allowed four runs on five Hoosier hits.
MSU and Indiana return to action tomorrow (April 24) for the second game of the weekend series. The Spartans will host an Easter egg hunt in the third inning for all children in attendance. Action at Secchia Stadium is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.