Roark K's 19 on the Day
Western Kentucky Invitational Notes
Indiana vs. Buffalo Box Score
Indiana vs. Western Kentucky Box Score
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Indiana softball team split a pair of games in the first day of the Western Kentucky Invitational. The Hoosiers won their first game, 4-0, behind sophomore pitcher Megan Roark, who tied her career-high with 13 strikeouts. IU, though, was unable to complete the doubleheader sweep as the Cream and Crimson fell to host WKU, 3-1.
Against Buffalo, IU pounded out 10 hits and had a total of 14 base runners in the game. Indiana took control right from the start plating a run in the first. With runners on second and third with one out, sophomore Tory Yamaguchi hit an RBI single up the middle giving Indiana a 1-0 lead.
IU added another run in the second as sophomore Rachel Terry led off the inning with a solo home run to center field.
The Cream and Crimson broke the game open in the third scoring two runs. Sophomore Kim Richards led off the inning reaching second on a Buffalo two-base error. Yamaguchi then cranked a long home run to right-center field, giving the Hoosiers a 4-0 advantage.
That's all Roark needed as she mowed down the Buffalo lineup. The right-hander struck out at least one batter in every inning, including two in the first, second, fifth and sixth, and the side in the fourth. In the process, Roark also had at least one strikeout against every Bulls' batter that came to the plate.
Her 13 strikeouts tied her career-high set last year in a 5-2 victory over Indiana State. The complete game was the sixth this year thrown by Roark as well as her second complete game shutout of the season.
Yamaguchi ended the game at 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored. Freshman Jennilee Huddleston and junior Lauren Hines were both 2-for-3, while Terry was 1-for-3 with a home run and RBI.
In game two, Indiana once again got out to an early lead with a run in the first. With two outs, Richards started the rally with a double. Yamaguchi followed with an RBI double and the Hoosiers had a 1-0 lead.
Indiana did not have the lead for long as the Hilltoppers quickly tied the game with a run in the second. WKU then added two runs in the fourth, both on solo home runs.
Roark (4-5) took the loss in relief. She pitched 5 2/3 innings out of the pen giving up two runs on four hits. She also struck out six with no walks.
Kelli Lathrop (2-2) earned the complete game victory, giving up just one run on four hits. She did not allow a hit passed the second inning and retired 13 of the last 14 Hoosiers she faced.
IU returns to action tomorrow as the Cream and Crimson play another two-team doubleheader. At 9 a.m. (CST), the Hoosiers will face Austin Peay, before squaring off against Tennessee-Martin at 1 p.m. (CST).
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