Carbondale, Ill-- The Indiana softball team lost two tough games this afternoon, dropping a 2-1 extra-inning game to Indiana State and a 2-1 loss to Southern Illinois on day one of the Kay Brechtelsbauer Classic at the University of Southern Illinois. The Hoosiers moved to 4-8 on the season while Indiana State improved to 5-4 and Southern Illinois went to 6-2.
"As a staff, we were disappointed with the approach of the team," said head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. "We came out flat and we were not swinging the bat with any confidence. If we can play with more energy and more focus, we can turn the tables and win."
The Hoosiers got outstanding performances from both pitchers on day one at the Southern Classic. Sophomore Megan Roark got the start in game one, pitching 7.2 innings with eight strikeouts and no earned runs. Sophomore Mariangee Bogado also had a stellar game, pitching her fifth complete game of the season in six innings with eleven strikeouts.
"I felt pretty confident and I felt like I was hitting my spots," said Roark. "Even though we had an off couple of games, I know we are going to pick it up for tomorrow and be back on our "A" game."
"I didn't hit my spots today," said Bogado. "I had eleven strikeouts but they got four hits and they got them at the right time and had the opportunity to score."
Indiana had some trouble getting the offensive juices flowing, however, Bogado and second baseman Ashley Griffiths each got their first homerun of the season. In addition, right fielder Val White was 2-5 with a double.
In game one, the Hoosiers got on the board first in the third inning when second baseman Ashley Griffiths slammed a homerun to leftfield to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 advantage
Roark was able to hold ISU at bay until the sixth inning when two errors by the Hoosiers proved costly. Outfielder Melissa Biniewicz reached on an error by the third baseman and later scored on a second error by the shortstop, tying the game and forcing it into extra innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, Biniewicz, who was on second base because of the international tiebreaker rule, scored on a single by Lacey Frankford to win the game for Indiana State.
In game two, Southern Illinois got on the board first in the first inning when Lindsay Bonnell, who walked to start off the inning, scored on a single by Katie Jordan to give the Saluki's a 1-0 advantage.
The Saluki's second run came in the second inning on an RBI double by Lauren Roney to score Adie Viefhaus who got on base on an error earlier in the inning.
Pitcher Mariangee Bogado helped her cause in the fifth inning by hitting her first homerun of the season and put the Cream and Crimson on the board, 2-1.
"I was ready for the pitch," said Bogado. "We were losing so I knew I had to hit the pitch so that we could get a run."
The Hoosiers couldn't get an offensive spark in the remaining innings and lost their second game of the day, 2-1.
Indiana will get a chance at redemption tomorrow when they face Southern Illinois again at 4:00 p.m. The Hoosiers will also take on Harvard at noon, on day two of the Kay Brechtelsbauer Classic at the University of Southern Illinois.