SOFTBALL DROPS 5-0 DECISION IN SERIES FINALE AT OMAHA
April 26, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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OMAHA, Neb. – The IUPUI softball team was in search of its third straight Summit League series win, but Omaha's Dana Elsasser threw her second complete game shutout in as many days leading the Mavericks to a 5-0 win in the series finale Saturday at Westside Field.
The loss dipped the Jags to 20-19 overall and 7-7 in The Summit League, while Omaha improved to 30-16 overall and 9-6 in the league.
"That was a tough way to finish the series because I know we are a better offensive team than what we showed for most of the series," head coach Amanda Rivera said. "You have to give Omaha credit as they made the big plays in the big moments."
In the finale, Omaha was able to capitalize with runners in scoring position going 3-for-11, while IUPUI was unable to strike when it counted going 0-for-6 in the same situation.
Both pitchers kept the opposition scoreless through three innings despite encountering some trouble. The Jags threatened in the first with runners on second and third and two outs, but a ground out ended the inning. The Mavs put pressure on the IUPUI defense in both the first and the third innings, including loading the bases in the third with one out, but Jocelyn Oppenhuis worked out of both of those jams to keep the game scoreless.
Omaha became the first team to score doing so with one run in the fourth thanks in part to a Jags error, but IUPUI attempted to get that run back in the fifth. It put two on with one out courtesy of singles from Lindsey Richards and Ali Mosier, but consecutive ground outs kept the Jags behind on the scoreboard.
The Mavericks advantage grew to 2-0 in the fifth, but after the Jaguars were set down in order in the sixth, Omaha used a three-run homer from Allie Mathewson in its half of the sixth to open a 5-0 lead.
In its final at-bat, IUPUI was set down in order giving the Mavericks the 5-0 victory.
Mosier and Richards led the way with two hits apiece, while Oppenhuis' went the 5.1 innings giving up six hits and four earned runs.
IUPUI concludes its lengthy road swing on Tuesday, April 29, when it heads to Valparaiso for a doubleheader. Following Tuesday's game, the Jags will finish their regular-season at home with a five-game homestand beginning on Wednesday, April 30, against Wright State.