EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State softball team (13-21, 0-8 Big Ten) fell, 3-1, to Indiana Saturday afternoon in game one of a two-game series. Senior Kara Weigle went 2-3 at the plate for the Spartans and freshman Lauren Kramer posted five strikeouts through six innings.
Indiana (6-28, 2-7 Big Ten) opened the game with a single from Heather Nelson and Emily Bergeson followed that with a walk to put two runners on base. Kramer recorded her first strikeout of the game to end the inning, stranding the runners. She continued, retiring the first two batters in the second inning, earning her third straight strikeout.
The Hoosiers reached the scoreboard in the third inning when Brittany Stein doubled to deep right field, scoring one run. Indiana added to its lead in the fifth inning with two runs on three hits, including a double by Bergeson to score a run.
Michigan State's bats came alive in the fifth inning when leadoff hitter Kelly Confer opened with a hard-hit single up the middle. Freshman Lori Padilla then singled off of a bunt, and both runners advanced a base on a throwing error by Indiana. Sophomore Jessica Bracamonte hit a single just down the right field line to score Confer, but a fielder's choice off the bat of Weigle ended the inning.
The two teams went scoreless in the final two innings, with Indiana pitcher Sara Olson picking up the win after striking out eight batters, one shy of her season-high.
Kramer pitched six innings for the Spartans in the loss, striking out five, while senior Megan Hair closed out the final inning in the circle for MSU.
MSU closes out a two-game series with Indiana on Sunday at Old College Field. The game begins at noon and will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.