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IU softball perfect in first weekend at home

If there is anything such as a perfect weekend for college sports, the IU softball team had a taste of it this weekend, playing at home for the first this season and recording a perfect 5-0 record at Andy Mohr Field.

Close games have been hard to come by this year for IU, but in Thursday’s home opener against Bowling Green, a late Hoosiers rally in the fifth gave them a close 3-2 victory.

Senior Lora Olson picked up her fifth win for the Hoosiers, tossing a complete game and giving up just two runs on ten hits.

After rain cancelled Friday’s games, IU was back at it Saturday in a doubleheader and picked up two wins against Wright State, 7-2 and Bowling Green once again, 5-2.

In the first game against Wright State, sophomore Erin Lehman continued her impressive streak, going 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.

Olson picked up her second win in as many games, tossing four innings and surrendering only two runs on three hits.

In the second game against Bowling Green, RBI singles from senior Shannon Cawley and junior Michelle Huber tied the game at two a piece late in the game before junior Kelsey Dotson put an exclamation on Saturday’s games by sending her sixth home run of the season over the fence to secure a victory for the Hoosiers.

Senior Miranda Tamayo picked the win, scoring four scoreless innings, giving up just two Falcon hits.

In Sunday’s game against IPFW, the Hoosiers improved to 4-0 at home after defeating the Mastodons 9-2.

Pitchers Olson and Tamayo continued their hot streak, holding IPFW to only seven hits and two runs while the Indiana offense provided much insurance.

IU would combine for six doubles in this game, including RBI doubles from three freshmen Mena Fulton, Taylor Uden and Rachel O’Malley.

O’Malley would also send her first career home run over the fence, which was later than followed by a junior Kassi Farmer home run. It was the eighth game of the year that the Hoosiers have had multiple players hit home runs.

The Hoosiers would drop their last game of the home stand to North Dakota State, 9-5 after falling behind 9-0 in the sixth inning.

The Hoosiers tried to rally late as Cawley hit a grand slam and Fulton followed it up with a home run of her own, but it was too late.

IU would end its first home stand with a 4-1 record, including picking up win number 1,000 since it started in 1974.

The Hoosiers will enjoy the next day off before heading to Lexington, Ky. to battle the Kentucky Wildcats in a single game exhibition before returning home again for another weekend home stand.

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