IU Softball Falls to No. 5 LSU 8-0
Feb. 17, 2007
HOUSTON - Senior Rachel Terry picked up Indiana's lone hit on the day and No. 5 LSU exploded for eight runs over the final two innings as the Tigers topped the Hoosiers 8-0 in six innings on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Crowne Plaza Classic on the campus of the University of Houston.
Terry's single off third baseman Tayl'r Hollis' glove in the bottom of the second inning was the only safety the Hoosiers would manage on the day. Senior Kim Richards walked to lead off the sixth inning, accounting for Indiana's only other baserunner on the day.
LSU starter Dani Hofer (4-0) twirled a gem, allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out 14 in six innings of work.
Indiana starter Monica Wright (0-2) was equally impressive in the early going, holding the Tigers to just one hit through the first four innings. But Wright ran into trouble in the top of the fifth, giving up four singles and a sacrifice fly as LSU opened the scoring with three runs.
LSU added five more in the top of the sixth, hitting for the cycle to put the mercy rule into effect. Vanessa Soto led the inning off with a double, and Killian Roessner followed with a single through the left side to put runners on first and second with no one out. After Shannon Stein entered to pinch run for Soto, a wild pitch advanced both runners before Hollis smoked a triple to score Stein and Roessner. After walking Andrea Smith, Wright retired a pair of batters before Rachel Mitchell hit a towering home run to right field to cap the five-spot. Wright caught Leslie Klein looking to end the inning.
Mitchell (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI), Klein (2-for-4, RBI) and Hollis (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) each had a pair of hits for the Tigers.
Wright gave up eight earned runs on nine hits and three walks in 8 innings of work.
"LSU is a strong program," Indiana head coach Stacey Phillips said. "They're the type of program that we'd like to build up to be. Year in and year out, they are very, very competitive and they are coached very well. We had a one-hit game going into the fifth, but then we lost our composure. They did start to hit us, but on top of that, we started making a lot of mental mistakes. That was tough. We have to find some consistency with our bats, but that will come over time. Overall, I think our pitching was a lot better in this game. I think Monica did a great job coming back from a below average game yesterday to really show what she can do."
The Hoosiers (1-2) return to action at 3:30 against tournament host Houston.
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