IU softball loses to Kentucky 4-1

A mid week single game exhibition against Kentucky took place just days after the Hoosiers completed a successful home opening weekend. The Hoosiers had won six of their last nine games before heading down to Lexington, Ky. for a game against No. 13 Kentucky on Wednesday, a game they lost 4-1.

After the Hoosiers allowed an early 3-0 lead in the first inning to the Wildcats, the Hoosiers limit Kentucky to one run the rest of the game.

IU plated its only run of the contest in the first inning after back-to-back one out singles by senior Brianna Meyer and sophomore Erin Lehman put two on for junior Kelsey Dotson, who brought in Meyer on a single to right field to cut the Wildcat lead to 3-1.

However, the Wildcats would quickly answer as Christian Stokes led off the Kentucky inning with a double to left center field. Following a walk, Stokes would be brought in a Nikki Sagermann to make the Wildcat lead 4-1.

The Hoosiers had plenty of opportunities, threatening many times during the game, recording seven hits off Wildcat pitcher Erin Rethlake, which is the same amount of hits the Wildcats earned off the Hoosiers. However, the Hoosiers were unable to get the hits necessary to get the game any closer than 4-1.

Senior pitcher Lora Olson settled in after the first inning to toss a complete game, giving up just three runs earned runs and striking out two batters.

Olson has been pitching well for the Hoosiers, who picked up two straight wins for the Hoosiers, including winning the 1,000th game for the Hoosiers program. Over the past four games, Olson has recorded a 3.96 ERA.

Lehman continued her hot streak, going 2-for-3 in the game against Kentucky. Since Feb. 27 in a game against No. 8 Georgia, Lehman is hitting .568 with 23 hits, including six doubles, 12 runs scored and eight RBI’s.

Up next, the Hoosiers will travel back to Bloomington to prepare for their first weekend series matchup against Rutgers, a team who is 10-7 on the season.

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