Day Two of Triple Crown Classic
Feb. 7, 2004
Offensively, Indiana was led by senior Karly McCormack who was 3-5 with a homerun and a run scored and junior Ashley Griffiths who went 5-9 with one RBI.
In game one verses Central Florida, Indiana got on the board in the third inning when sophomore Mariangee Bogado smacked a double into rightfield. Junior Ashley Griffiths smacked a single down the third base line to score Bogado and put the score at 2-1.
Senior Karly McCormack came through in the clutch for Indiana in the seventh inning after hitting a homerun to deep centerfield to tie the score at 2-2 and send the game into extra innings.
In the eighth inning, Central Florida's Rachelle Schmidt broke the game open with a bases clearing triple, helping to secure the 10-3 victory.
Sophomore Megan Roark pitched 7.1 innings for the Hoosiers while striking out six.
"Central Florida is aggressive and really strong offensively," said head softball coach Sara Hayes Nottger. "I was impressed with the heart we showed and how we hung in there with them throughout the game. We also saw Megan Roark establish herself as a leader."
Game two started as a pitching dual as no one scored till the seventh inning. In the seventh, sophomore Lauren Hines singled to centerfield. Freshman Kim Richards slammed a double into center and Hines scored to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 advantage.
Boston College answered back in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Elena Ferrero to score Britney Thompson who had walked earlier in the inning and forcing the game into extra innings.
In the ninth inning, Indiana went up 2-1 on an RBI single by senior Abby Stark who was on second due to the international tiebreaker rule. Yet again, Boston College answered back in the inning on an RBI single by Ashley Oberst to score Jacqui Goodchild who was also on second base due to the international tiebreaker rule.
In the tenth inning, perseverance paid off for Indiana when freshman Rachel Terry scored on a wild pitch by BC's Tekae Malandris. Bogado came back in the tenth to get Boston College out 1-2-3.
Bogado pitched all 10 innings for the Hoosiers with five strikeouts and one earned run while giving up just five hits.
"Our offense was much better in the second game," said Nottger. "We took advantage of scoring opportunities when they came up. I like that the game went back and forth in the extra innings because it showed us hot to dig down deep and fight for a win."
Up next, Indiana will play in a seeded game tomorrow morning, Feb. 8 to determine placement in the tournament.