Tampa, Fla. - The Indiana softball teams seven-run scoring frenzy in the top of the eighth proved too much for Radford, as Indiana went on to steal the victory 12-5 to end the Hoosiers five-game stint at the USF-Best Western Tournament in Tampa, Fla. The Hoosiers improve to 4-6 on the year as Radford falls to 0-6.
Our explosion in the end is an example of the power and confidence that this team has, head coach Sara Hayes said. This week we lost sight of that. I am glad we kept fighting hard at the end of the game. In the future we have to make sure that we dont lose sight of that confidence and explosion.
Heather Stillians replaced starting pitcher Katie Witham in the fifth inning, earning the win for the Hoosiers (3-3). Witham left the game after completing four innings, striking out two and allowing six hits and three runs. Stillians finished the game permitting two hits, three runs and striking out two.
Radford wasted no time getting on the board, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first, for a 2-0 lead. The Hoosiers turned around in the top of the second to even the score, 2-2. Stillians led inning two with a walk and stole second base when Lauren Hines was up at bat. Hines doubled down the left field line sending Stillians home. Dawn Ramynke singled up the middle advancing Hines to third and stretching to second on the throw. Abby Stark reached first on a fielders choice moving Ramynke to third as second baseman Wohlgemuth threw Hines out at the plate. On the next play Ramynke scored on a throwing error by pitcher Bosley, to make the score 2-2.
The game remained deadlock until the top of the fifth inning when senior Stormy Hanson drove the ball over the left field fence bringing in three runs, extending the Hoosier lead, 5-2. Hanson recorded her 10th RBI and second home run on the season.
Radford added a run in the bottom of the fifth, closing the gap to 5-3. The team never gave up tying the score at five a piece in the bottom of the seventh sending the game into extra innings.
As part of the International Tiebreaker rule, Hanson began the top of the eighth inning as a runner at second base for the Hoosiers. Stillians sacrifice bunt advanced Hanson to third, setting up Hines for her third hit on the day as she singled to right field, which allowed Hanson to score. Ramynke reached first on an error, moving Hines to third. With Abby Stark at the plate, Ramynke stole second. Stark then reached first on a fielders choice. Kristine Dugan brought in Hines, advancing Stark to second and Ramynke to third. Heather Suca followed with a double that brought two more IU runs across the plate, forcing Radford to make a pitcher change. Indiana was able to tally three more runs following the pitching change.
The Hoosiers defense shut down Radford in the bottom the eighth, not allowing a hit.
The Hoosiers outhit Radford 10-9 in todays contest. Hines went 3-for-3 on the day with two RBI, raising her batting average to .476 on the year. Hanson recorded two hits, which improved her average to .424. Valerie White, Kristine Dugan, Dawn Ramynke, Katie Joy and Heather Suca each added a hit for Indiana.
The Hoosiers next play at the Louisville Cardinal Classic from Feb. 28 March 1. Indiana will face Kent State, Louisville, Miami (Ohio) and Indiana State, during the tournament.