Carbondale, Ill.-- The Indiana softball team shutout Harvard 1-0 on day two of the Kay Brechtelsbauer at the University of Southern Illinois. The Hoosiers improved to 5-8 on the season while Harvard fell to 1-3.
"Harvard is a good team and they kept us off balance," said head coach Sara Hayes Nottger. "Mariangee did a great job on the mound. She kept them off balance and shut them out. We are struggling at the plate and we are allowing that to turn our focus a little bit. But we are going to find the rhythm.
Indiana was led by senior Abby Stark who went 1-for-3 including a game-winning double to center in the seventh inning. Sophomore Lauren Hines was also 2-for-3 with a double.
"I was able to relax at the plate today," said Hines. "I was seeing the ball well and the hit just came."
Sophomore Mariangee Bogado pitched her sixth complete game and second shutout of the season in seven innings with seven strikeouts.
Indiana got on the board in the bottom of the seventh when Hines hit a single to centerfield and Megan Roark came in to pinch run. After Bogado hit a sacrifice bunt to move Roark to third, Stark slammed a double to centerfield, scoring Roark from third. The run would be all Indiana would need to secure the win. "
"It was great to be able to come through for the team," said Stark. "She threw an inside pitch and those are the pitches I like to hit. It was great to get a win after the two loses yesterday."
The Hoosiers have one more game this afternoon when they take on Southern Illinois for the second time in as many days. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.