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Softball’s B1G Tournament Run Closes with Quarterfinal Loss to Indiana

Softball’s B1G Tournament Run Closes with Quarterfinal Loss to Indiana


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Penn State softball fought and showed unquestionable resilience, but the second-seeded Indiana Hoosiers walked the Nittany Lions off in a 5-4 finish on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Big Ten Tournament at Eichelberger Field.
 

The Blue & White drop to 31-16 following the loss to the surging Hoosiers and complete their stay in Champaign with a 1-1 record after defeating Michigan on Wednesday afternoon. PSU and Indiana battled in the longest Big Ten Tournament game since the 2016 championship matchup between Minnesota and Michigan on the Penn State University campus. The Golden Gophers defeated the Wolverines in that contest by a 4-3 score in 10 innings of play.
 
Despite the team’s quarterfinal exit, the Nittany Lions saw continued success on the league’s biggest stage in 2023, winning a tournament game in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 2016 and 2017 squads did so. PSU also recorded consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in five seasons, reaching back-to-back Big Ten Tournaments for the first time since the Nittany Lions appeared in five-straight from 2013 to 2017. With their victory on Thursday, the Hoosiers improve to 41-15 overall and advance to the semifinals of the tournament against third-seeded Minnesota.
 
PSU put together a dominant offensive outing against Indiana, matching the Nittany Lion season high of 12 hits previously set against Kent State on Feb. 24. The Nittany Lions out-hit the Hoosiers by a 12-5 margin and secured double-digits in the hit column for the 10th time in the 2023 campaign. Fifth-year centerfielder Lilia Crouthamel led the way with an unprecedented two-triple performance that culminated in a 2-for-3 line overall. Crouthamel became the first player in Big Ten Tournament history to hit two triples in a single game and just the second to hit two triples across an entire tournament.
 
Elsewhere in the box score, sophomore designated player Maddie Gordon had a spectacular outing for the Nittany Lions, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored. Senior shortstop Kaitlyn Morrison continued her productive streak of postseason performances with a 2-for-5 line while senior catcher Cassie Lindmark knocked an RBI single in the top of the sixth to tie the…

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