Hoosiers Drop Opener
LAS VEGAS. - Despite junior Mariangee Bogado's 15th-career complete game, the Indiana softball team was edged by Cal-State Northridge, 1-0, in its season opener at the Alexis Resort Classic.
Bogado went the distance by allowing just three hits and one run. The right-hander also struck out seven, while walking four. The Matadors' Kia Fennell, who allowed just two hits and a walk to earn the complete game shutout, bested Bogado's effort. She also struck out seven Hoosiers.
"I felt really bad for her because she pitched a great game and deserved to win," said head coach Stacey Phillips. "We just didn't make the plays when we needed to."
The Matadors, who opened the tournament with a 4-1 win over UTEP, scored the lone run in the contest in the bottom of the fifth. Darcy Hillstrom led off the inning with an infield blooper. With the sun glaring down on Eller Media Stadium, Hoosier freshman shortstop Jennilee Huddleston lost the ball and it fell in for a single.
The Cream and Crimson then had another bad break, as Laura Hovestreydt hit a grounder to senior second baseman Ashley Griffiths. Hillstrom, racing to reach second base, leaped over Griffiths' glove causing her to misplay the ball as it scoured into center field. Phillips would argue the play looking for an interference call, as it appeared Hillstrom had made contact with Griffiths' glove, but the umpires would let the play stand. On the double, Hillstrom came around to score, while Hovestreydt moved to third on the throw home.
IU had its chances to score leaving three players in scoring position on three different occasions.
In the second, junior Lauren Hines led off the inning by reaching base on an error. Freshman Janetta Deaven would sacrifice Hines to second, but that was as far as she got.
In the fourth, Hines was the catalyst again as she was hit by a pitch with two outs. Deaven would then single to center to put two runners on, but the Hoosiers would fail score.
Sophomore Kim Richards led off the fifth inning with an infield single. She would then move to second on sophomore Rachel Terry's sacrifice bunt. After freshman Rachel Carlson struck out, the Matadors decided to walk Griffiths intentionally, putting Hoosiers on first and second. Sophomore Heather Hohs then lined a shot to second to end that threat.
"I felt that we were a bit nervous and excitied out there," said Phillips. "That is understandable being that this was our first game. We had a chance to get a few runs and we didn't get the big hit, but overall we played a good game against a good team."
Indiana will end day one of the tournament with a contest against UTEP at 2:10 (PST). Junior Megan Roark will be in the circle for the Hoosiers.
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