Box Score vs. Seton Hall Box Score vs. South Florida Tampa, Fla. - The Hoosiers dropped two decisions today against Seton Hall and tournament host South Florida. The Hoosiers fall to 3-6 on the season as Seton Hall extends its record to 2-1 and South Florida improves to 14-4.
We dont feel as though we are in a good rhythm, head coach Sara Hayes said. We had a few good hitting performances and Katie Witham did some good things on the mound, but we are making so many errors both mentally and physically that it is hard to keep a consistent stride.
INDIANA VS. SETON HALL RECAP
Seton Hall defeated the Hoosiers in their first of two games today at the USF-Best Western Tournament, 3-0. Seton Hall pitcher Christina Shanko earned the win for the Pirates as Katie Witham (1-3) was credited with the loss.
Seton Hall took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third as Akoua Lonergan scored off of an Indiana throwing error. With one out junior pitcher Heather Stillians (Atascadero, Calif./Atascadero) replaced Witham (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral). Witham left the game after playing 2.1 innings, allowing three hits, one run and striking out one. The Hoosiers retired the inning when third basemen Heather Suca (Shorewood, Ill./Joliet West) scooped up a hard ground ball, throwing Laura Taylor out at first.
Mary Carroll Smith scored the second Pirate run in the top of the fourth on an unearned run off of Katie Flynns single to right field. Stillians struck out the final two batters to end the inning for IU.
The Hoosiers made a great defensive stop at the plate in the top of the fifth as senior center fielder Katie Joy (Pell City, Ala./Pell City) threw out Richards. Seton Hall was able to retaliate, scoring its third and final run just one play later. With Pierce left on second from the prior play, Taylor doubled, sending Pierce home. The Pirates got off four hits and run one to end the fifth inning.
The best scoring opportunity for Indiana came in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs Joy singled up the middle. Sucas double to right center advanced Joy to third leaving runners on second and third. The Hoosiers were not able to capitalize on the scoring opportunity as junior Valerie White (Torrance, Calif./North) was thrown out by Pirate shortstop Katie Pierce.
Joy converted two hits for the Hoosiers from three at bats, as Suca, Ashley Griffiths (Dove Canyon, Calif./Trabuco) and White all added one hit for IU.
INDIANA VS. SOUTH FLORIDA RECAP
The South Florida Bulls defeated the Hoosiers 6-2 as Indiana completed its fourth game of the USF-Best Western Tournament. South Florida pitcher Corin Tassio picked up her seventh win on the season as IU pitcher Heather Stillians (2-3) was credited with the loss.
The South Florida Bulls took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Kattrina Dowd opened the game up with a single to third base and advanced to second on Stephanie Roberts sacrifice slap. Carmela Liwag moved Dowd to third on a single to right. Dowd was able to score off a passed ball opportunity. Liwag advanced to third off of Courtney Lewellens hit up the right side of the field and scored off of Groves single up the middle. The Hoosiers ended the inning robbing the Bulls of a run as Kristine Dugan (Las Vegas, Nev./Taft JC) threw Groves out at the plate.
The Bulls added their third run in the bottom of the second to take the 3-0 advantage over the Hoosiers as Krista Holle scored from Liwags single up the middle. South Florida extended its lead to five in the third inning when Christine Chapman drove in two more runs.
In the top of the fourth inning Freshman Lauren Hines (Auburn, Ind./DeKalb) double to right field closed the gap on the Bulls lead, 5-2. Valerie White started the rally for IU with a single to right field and advanced to second from Ashley Griffiths sacrifice bunt. Stormy Hanson (Las Vegas, Nev./Silverado) drove the ball to the left side moving White to third. On the next Hoosier at bat Hanson stole second setting up Hines with runners on second and third. Hines recorded her first two RBI on the season driving in White and Hanson.
The Bulls put the game to rest in the sixth inning scoring their final run, making the score 6-2.
White went two for three against the Bulls as Hanson and Hines picked up hits for the Hoosiers.
Indiana is back in action tomorrow, Feb. 23, for the conclusion of the USF-Best Western Tournament where they will go up against Radford at 11:00 a.m.