Houston, Texas-- In a hard-fought pitching dual with one of the top teams in the country, the Indiana softball team fell to the Florida Gators, 1-0, this afternoon in game two of the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas. The Hoosiers fall to 3-4 on the season while the Gators improve to 10-1.
"I thought we played very well against Florida," said head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. "Florida has a really good pitching staff and we swung the bats well against them. We were really aggressive at the plate and we did a great job defensively. It just came down to a couple plays and that made the difference in the ball game."
Sophomore pitcher Mariangee Bogado had another stellar outing, pitching a complete game with six strikeouts, four hits and only one earned run.
Bodago held the Gators scoreless until the top of the third when Jenny Gladding hit and RBI double to centerfield, scoring Lauren Roussell from second. The run was all Florida would need to secure the win.
The Hoosiers had a couple of scoring chances throughout the game but failed to capitalize on them.
"We did have some opportunities to score some runs," Nottger said. "But the more we swing and the more we stay aggressive, those things are going to start to happen for the team."
Earlier in the day, Indiana defeated Manhattan College 5-1 to spilt the first day of the tournament, 1-1.
The Hoosiers continue play tomorrow afternoon when they take on Centenary College at 3:00 p.m. and Houston at 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, the Hoosiers take on their first nationally ranked opponent when they face No. 12 Nebraska at 11:00 a.m.