IU Bested by Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. - Freshman Kari Bettenbrock knocked in three runs and hit her first collegiate home run, but that was not enough as the Indiana softball team was downed by Tulsa, 5-3, at the Holiday Inn-Select Tulsa Festival on Saturday night. The loss drops the Hoosiers to 4-9 on the season, while the Golden Hurricane moved to 9-10 on the year.
Tulsa took the early 2-0 lead with a two-out RBI double by Stephanie Sliepen in the first inning.
The Cream and Crimson answered back with a two-run second. With two outs, freshman Janetta Deaven was hit by the pitch. Bettenbrock then worked the count to three balls and one strike, before launching a two-run home run right down the left-field line.
Tulsa regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the third, but, once again, IU would come right back to tie it, plating a run in the fourth. The Hoosiers had runners on second and third with one out when Bettenbrock delievered an RBI sacrifice fly to right, knotting the score at 3-3.
The Golden Hurricane went out in front for good with a two-run fifth. With two outs, Lindsay Galloway took the first pitch she was from IU junior hurler Megan Roark and put it over the left-field fence, giving Tulsa the 5-3 advantage.
Roark (3-4) took the loss for Indiana. The right-hander threw her second complete game of the day, tossing one against Western Illinois earlier, allowing five runs, three earned, on 10 hits. She also struck out nine and walked six.
Julie Fennell (3-5) got the victory in relief. She pitched four innings out of the pen, giving up one unearned run on two hits.
Bettenbrock was 1-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored. Senior Ashley Griffiths was 2-for-4 in the contest, while sophomores Tory Yamaguchi and Heather Hohs each had a hit apiece.
Indiana will end the Holiday Inn-Select Tulsa Festival tomorrow as the Hoosiers square off against Akron. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. (CST).
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