Terry Powers IU Over UTEP
LAS VEGAS - A four-run fourth helped propel the Indiana Hoosiers to their first victory of the season as the Cream and Crimson topped UTEP, 5-2, in the Alexis Resort Classic.
"We played a lot more relaxed in the second game," said head coach Stacey Phillips. "We got a game under our belt and we came out in the second game all loose and ready to go."
Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, IU's bats came alive with four consecutive extra base hits, all with two outs. Freshman Janetta Deaven started the rally with a double to right. Freshman classmate Jennilee Huddleston then notched her first collegiate hit, an RBI double to center field. Sophomore Kim Richards followed with an RBI double to center of her own. The final blow came from the bat of sophomore Rachel Terry, who cranked a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall for a two-run home run.
Indiana added a run in the sixth, as Terry once again delivered the key hit with an RBI double.
"Rachel has improved so much from last season," said Phillips. "She really hit the ball well today."
The Miners (0-2) took the early lead by pushing two runs across in the second. UTEP rattled junior hurler Megan Roark with three straight hits, including two consecutive doubles. The last double off the bat of Ashley Perez drove in two runs.
Roark, however, would regain her composure and shut down UTEP the rest of the game. The Pleasant Hills, Calif., native tossed the complete game giving up just those two runs, while scattering six hits. She also walked one with five strikeouts.
"She battled today, which is what you want your pitcher to do," said Phillips. "She had a rough spot in the second, but she bounced back and shut them down the rest of the way."
Indiana is back in action tomorrow, Saturday Feb. 5, as the Hoosiers play UNLV at 9 a.m. and Utah State at 11:15 a.m.
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