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IU softball’s NCAA tournament run comes to an end on Sunday

Indiana’s historic season came to a close in a 7-3 loss to top seed and No. 4 ranked Tennessee in the NCAA regional final at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Sunday.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first, IU had opportunities with bases loaded situations in the second and third but failed to get a runner across the plate.  Tennessee opened the game up in the bottom of the fifth, scoring five runs on five hits to increase the deficit to 7-0.

Earlier in the day the Hoosiers eliminated Louisville 4-2 to stay alive. Indiana scored three runs in the top of the seventh as they defeated the Cardinals for the third time on the season.

The Hoosiers (44-18) concludes a season that included a 23-game winning streak, appearances in the national rankings, and second places finishes in the Big Ten regular season and tournament.

This was their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011.

Taryn Kern was also unanimously named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in addition to the league’s Player of the Year award, and in total six Hoosiers earned All-Big Ten honors.