IUPUI: SCHLOBOHM, OPPENHUIS HELP JAGS CLAIM SPLIT WITH BUTLER
March 19, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
INDIANAPOLIS – After dropping Game 1 of its Tuesday doubleheader, the combination of Morgan Schlobohm and Jocelyn Oppenhuis helped the IUPUI softball team salvage a split against Butler at the Butler Softball Field.
Schlobohm registered four hits on the day and drove in five runs, including four in Game 2, leading the Jags to a split as they upped their record to 8-10 on the season.
Oppenhuis went 6.0 innings in Game 2 and gave up just four hits and one unearned run while striking out three as she picked up her third win of the season.
Game 1 – Butler 4, IUPUI 3
IUPUI got off to a promising start in the first as Alyssa Neff led off the game with an infield single, and then stole second during the next at-bat to move into scoring position. Unfortunately, Neff was left in scoring position following two strikeouts and a pop out.
Butler took advantage in the bottom of the inning stringing together a pair of two-out hits to score a run and take a 1-0 lead.
Both teams went scoreless in the second before the Jags threatened again in the third. With one out, Schlobohm singled past a drawn in infield to put a runner on, and then Neff delivered a sharp line drive through the left side to put runners on first and second. Unfortunately for IUPUI, a pair of strikeouts ended the inning leaving two runners stranded.
The Bulldogs tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth, before the Jags struck in the fifth for the first time.
The bottom of the order started the damage in the fifth with Eryn Dillon lining a double down the left field line to start the frame. Lindsey Richards added a double of her own to right-center field, but Dillon had to hold at second to make sure the ball wasn't caught resulting in her only being able to advance to third. Schlobohm then singled home Dillon before advancing to second on a throw home as the Jags cut their deficit in half, 2-1. A walk to Neff loaded the bases for IUPUI, and then another walk to Ali Mosier tied the score at 2-2. However, Butler managed to escape the inning without any further damage leaving the score tied at two entering the bottom of the fifth.
In the sixth, the Jags took their first lead of the game on a RBI ground out from Neff, but the Bulldogs came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to re-establish a 4-3 advantage heading to the seventh.
In its final at-bat, IUPUI went down in order resulting in the Bulldogs claiming Game 1 of the doubleheader, 4-3.
Game 2 – IUPUI 7, Butler 2
After a fast start to Game 1, both offenses started slowly in Game 2 as both starting pitchers managed to keep the opposition scoreless through three innings.
Despite the slow start, IUPUI quickly put things together in the fourth scoring three runs to take a 3-0 advantage. Roni Patterson reached base on an error to start the inning and back-to-back singles from Taylor Chitwood and Bartucci loaded the bases with nobody out. A wild pitch allowed Patterson to score from third and moved Chitwood and Bartucci up a base, but Dillon drew a walk to keep the bases loaded. A fielder's choice RBI off the bat of Richards scored Chitwood and then a Schlobohm RBI ground out plated Dillon to give the Jaguars a 3-0 advantage.
Butler chipped away at the Jags advantage in its half of the fourth using an IUPUI error and two hits to score a run and close within two runs heading to the fifth.
Jocelyn Oppenhuis quickly retired the side in the fifth allowing her offense to try and build upon the lead and the Jags did just that. Three straight singles from Chitwood, Bartucci and Dillon loaded the bases with nobody out and after an infield fly, Schlobohm cleared the bases with a RBI double to center opening up a 6-1 lead. Three batters later with Schlobohm and Mosier on the corners, the duo successfully executed a double steal upping the lead to 7-1.
In the seventh, Butler threatened by loading the bases with one out, but an incredible diving catch by Lawrence on a sinking line drive allowed just one run to score and a fly ball during the next at bat secured the 7-2 victory for the Jags.
IUPUI returns to action on Saturday, March 22, when it hosts its home and Summit League opener against Western Illinois. The Jaguars and Leathernecks will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at Noon at the IUPUI Softball Complex.