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    BATON ROUGE, La. - The Indiana softball team pounded out 11 hits and eight runs as the Hoosiers pitched their second straight shutout with an 8-0 victory over Grambling State University on Saturday morning in Day Two of the Tiger Classic. In the second game of the doubleheader, IU was downed by No. 9 LSU, 6-1.

    "I thought we played two good games today," said head coach Stacey Phillips. "We had a few defensive mishaps against LSU, but even with that we hung in there with one of the best teams in the country."

    Against Grambling, Indiana jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning. Senior Ashley Griffiths led off the frame with a walk. After sophomore Heather Hohs sacrificed her to second, Griffiths moved to third on a wild pitch. She then scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Tory Yamaguchi.

    IU added a run in the second and in the third. In the second, Jennilee Huddleston continued her hot hitting with a one-out double to right. She later scored on freshman Rachel Carlson's RBI single through the right side. In the third, freshman Janetta Deaven drove in Hohs with a single up the middle.

    The Cream and Crimson broke the game wide open with a four-run fourth. Sophomore Kim Richards led off the inning with a single. She would immediately steal second base. Carlson then attempted to sacrifice her to third, but ended up with a single after beating the throw to first. Griffiths then reached on an RBI infield single as Richards scored from third, but a throwing error on the play allowed Carlson to go to third and Griffiths to move to second.

    Indiana plated their fifth run on an RBI groundout by Hohs. Yamaguchi ended the offensive barrage with a monstrous two-run home run off the center field scoreboard, giving IU a 7-0 lead.

    IU ended the contest with a run in the fifth, giving the Hoosiers the 8-0 mercy rule win. With runners on second and third, Griffiths worked out a walk, but the last ball got away from Grambling catcher Asia Anders allowing Richards to score from third.

    Senior Katie Witham (1-1) picked up her first win of the season. She tossed the complete game shutout going five innings, allowing just three hits. She also struck out one with three walks. The win was Witham's first since April 19, 2003, her sophomore year when she picked up the victory in an IU 5-2 win against Ball State.

    "It was great to go out there and start a game," said Witham. "My defense played awesome behind me, and getting that early run is always great for a pitcher."

    Carlson ended the game with a 3-for-3 performance with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Richards was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases, while Yamaguchi was 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI.

    In the second half of the doubleheader, the Hoosiers were downed by No. 9 LSU, 6-1.

    LSU scored a run in the first and then took command of the game with a four-run fourth. The Tigers added another run in the fifth.

    IU (3-5) plated its lone run in the top of the fifth, as Huddleston led off the inning with her first collegiate home run.

    "I am just seeing the ball real well right now," said Huddleston. "It is funny because I didn't think it was out and I kind of stopped on second base. I didn't know where the ball was and I didn't want to leave the base and get out."

    Junior Megan Roark (2-2) took the loss. The right-hander pitched all seven innings allowing six runs, four earned, on eight hits. She also struck out two with four walks.

    Emily Turner (1-0) earned the complete game victory for LSU. The hurler allowed just one run on three hits, while striking out 11.

    "Playing a team like this on their home field will only help this team grow," said Phillips. "They draw really well and by us just playing in front of these fans, it may not show immediate help tomorrow or next week, but in the long run it will make us a much better team."

    Indiana returns to action tomorrow, Feb. 20, in the Tiger Classic playoffs. IU, with its 2-1 record in the tournament, has earned the No. 2 seed and will face the No. 3 seeded Southern University Lady Jaguars at 9 a.m. (CST). LSU, the No. 1 seed will square off against the No. 4 seed Grambling at 11:15 a.m. (CST). The winners of both playoff games will advance to the championship slated for 1:30 p.m. (CST).




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